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With unprecedented bush-fire activity in northern NSW, WICEN is currently assisting the Rural Fire Service by providing operators for their Glen Innes Command Centre. Currently there are two operators here. WICEN is also contributing operators for VRA's support of the Bush Fire Information Line at Homebush.

WICEN has recently received an urgent request for a further six operators to cover Kempsey and Wauchope, over the coming week.

While further training this year is to-be-advised, members are encouraged to take advantage of the free courses offered by the Office of Emergency Management, at:

WICEN will also be present at the Wyong Field Day on Sunday, February 23rd.

WICEN organisations across Australia will be supporting Memory Walk and Jog events, on Sunday mornings, from February on.

For Facebook users, there is an official WICEN NSW page; and an informal national WICEN group. These include photos from members in Glen Innes and BFIL; and members who are active with the RFS. A stellar effort.

The WICEN Mid North Coast Region monthly meeting is held on the first Saturday of the month, at SES HQ, Central Road, Port Macquarie, beginning at 15:30. The region runs an HF net on Thursday evenings at 19:00, on the WICEN frequency, 3.600 MHz.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the "Capital Country" region, and on the South Coast. The BMSC Rallye de Femmes, on December 7th is, as students of Latin may derive, an event for female drivers. For more info, including the calendar which has been expanded into next year, visit:

WICEN Victoria will support the Alpine Rally, a gravel road event for classic cars, on November 29th to December 1st, around Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. The weekly net is on each Tuesday at 8:30 pm, on 3.6 MHz. Their AGM is this afternoon at 1400, at WICEN HQ, 34 Alexander St, Box Hill. WICEN Victoria's website, which includes a write-up of the Stockmans Rally, is at:

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