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As members may know, WICEN's ability to participate in emergency responses is due to its status a specialist squad within the Volunteer Rescue Association. As such, the VRA needs to know who its operators are, and to this end WICEN recently contacted members requesting their information for the VRA database, and a photograph for a VRA ID card. Members who have not yet received a VRA ID need to respond to Steven Heimann's email of March 13 entitled "[Wicen Announce] VRA member database and ID cards". It contains a small spreadsheet, in formats to suit a wide range of packages.

NSW Police Search and Rescue in Sydney are looking at all of the original details around the search for the Cessna 210 VH-MDX that was lost somewhere in the Barrington Tops in 1981, with a view to considering the likely areas to search at this years SAREX in October.

Police records note that WICEN was involved in the search on the 18th and 19th of September 1981. If any listeners have knowledge of, or know, any WICEN members who were involved in this original search can you please contact WICEN.

WICEN's Monday night HF net is now once per month. This will be the second Monday of each month, so the next HF net will be at 8 p.m. on Monday the 13th of May. The group has started a 2m digital net via the Chatswood repeater at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Initially they will be using MT63-2k-long, available in the Fldigi [F L digi] suite of software. It can be downloaded from:

Don't hesitate to contact WICEN if you have any questions.

Last weekend's Memory Walk & Jog in Sydney will be followed by similar events in the Speers Point Park in the Hunter on September 6th and in the Illawarra on September 13. The event site is:

WICEN ACT's is the Community Service arm of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club. Currently, their next planned event is the Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride on Sunday the 29th of
September. Visit:

There are a number of WICEN related pages on Facebook. Search for WICEN.

Coming events include:
Pre-SAREX RF Survey on May 18th and 19th.
The 25th BWRS Navshield on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of July.
Memory Walk & Jog in the Hunter on September 6th
Memory Walk & Jog in the Illawarra on September 13.
And The Trek for Timor in Kangaroo Valley on Sat the 21st of September.

Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.