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A number of WICEN member were present at the funeral of Garry Barker VK2BR this week.

WICEN has received an invitation from our VRA sister squad, Cave Rescue, to have a small team participate in their multi agency exercise being held on November 9 & 10 in the Jenolan Caves area. Our involvement would not include entering the cave, only the provision of some surface communications. Of course, this is a valuable opportunity to witness the work of other VRA squads. Please contact wicen if you are interested in participating.

This week's release of the IPCC's latest report re-confirming the science of Climatic Change acts as a reminder of the need for members to remain prepared for activations due to extreme weather events. One interesting item from the report, somewhat related to ham radio, is that the Sun's low activity over the last decade or so, which has impacted HF DXing, should also have caused a reduction in average temperatures, has only caused a pause in their increase.

The Illawarra Memory Walk and Jog is on Sunday, October 13, at Stuart Park, North Wollongong. Alzheimer's Australia NSW describe these as their flagship fundraising events.

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic is scheduled for 26th and 27th of October. Due to the number of checkpoints, maritime mobile, and other stations, WICEN needs to field a large number of volunteers. If you wish to assist, even if you are not a member, please contact WICEN via its website. Those who have not taken part before will be teamed with an experienced operator. Members can reply to the email from the event Event Commander, Neil Fallshaw, VK2XNF.

WICEN ACT, part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club have many events planned over th coming month, in and around the ACT. Their website at includes details of both WICEN and more general events.

Coming WICEN events include:

WICEN ACT's Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of October.
Memory Walk & Jog in the Illawarra on October 13
Battle of the Beasts Mountain Bike Race on Sunday 20th October in VK1
SAREX Barrington Tops in mid to late October
Hawkesbury Canoe Classic on 26th and 27th of October
25th Fitz’s Challenge Bike Ride in the ACT on Sunday 27th October
BMSC Tumut Rally Saturday 2nd November, run by WICEN ACT
BMSC's Rallye de Femme to be conducted within the ACT, pencilled for Saturday 8th December
WICEN Victoria will be running the Murray Marathon canoe event between Christmas and New Year.

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