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The BWRS Navshield, a major bush navigation event, is on June 24th and 25th, with WICEN setup the afternoon before. These are typically held within a few hours' drive of Sydney, with the location only disclosed publicly close to the event. Ahead of this there will be a recce and radio survey, planned for Sunday 23 April.

The next Alzheimer's Australia NSW's Memory Walk and Jog event will be the Sydney walk on May 7, commencing at Leichhardt Oval #3, on the waterfront at Lilyfield, while the 21st is the Hunter event, at Tulkaba Park in Teralba. Finally, the Port Macquarie one will be at Westport Park on 4th June. These are short events, and are suitable for new members.

True Grit, promoted as a "military inspired obstacle challenge" is on June 10 and 11 in Lower Portland, north-west of Sydney.

Several training days are being planned. One is expected to be a day at Dural dedicated to a First Aid qualification to satisfy the requirements of PUA21312. Please let WICEN know what dates are suitable for you to attend.

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 1530 hours.

WICEN has a twitter account: @wicennsw
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Facebook users will find the official WICEN New South Wales page, and an informal national WICEN group.

WICEN (NSW) Inc. Northern Rivers Region will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 9 from 1000hrs. The venue is the Summerland ARC at 412 Richmond Hill Road, Richmond Hill 2480. The region also has a weekly net on Tuesdays at 8:00pm summer time, on the Lismore repeater VK2RSC on 146.8 MHz, requiring a 123 Hz tone. Listen for VK2WIR.

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 1530 hours.

WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the ACT and the surrounding "Capital Country". The weekend of April 1st and 2nd is the Canberra Two Day Walk. The weekend of June 10th and 11 this the SCSCC Bega Rally. June 17 is the BMSC Rallye des Femmes. Weekend Foundation Licence courses, and exams for all levels, are provided by the Club, the next being May 20 and 21. Their website, which includes the coming year's WICEN events is at:

WICEN Victoria holds a net every Tuesday at 2030 on or near 3.6 MHz. The Pajero Challenge is near Avoca on March 25th & 26th, Duncan's Run is April 1 in the Tarra Bulga State Forest in Gippsland, and the Sunraysia 600 on April 22 is at Keera Station near Lake Cullulleraine, south-west of Wentworth, NSW; or 1000km west of Wollongong. Their website is:

From your publicity officer: Remember to check for a standards label when buying Hi-Viz clothing, noting that the Australian Standard allows for Day only, Night only, and the combined Day/Night level, signified by only single characters. Pink material does not contribute to any day rating. Overseas standards typically require both fluorescent material and reflective tape, and so can be worn at any time; noting that the pink vest he saw, marked as complying with the Canadian standard qualifies only as a sash, for use near slow moving plant only.

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