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WICEN notes with regret the passing of its former President, and State Coordinator, John Raymond Howard, VK2AMH, a retired Executive Chief Superintendent of Police, and recipient of the Australian Police Medal. He was 88.

The WICEN NSW Annual General Meeting will be held here at ARNSW in Quarry Road, Dural, on Saturday August 11th, at 15:00.

September will be busy, starting with the "Great North Walk ULTRA", going from Teralba to Patonga Wharf, on the 8th and 9th.

The VH-MDX "Barrington SAREX", or Search And Rescue EXercise in the Barrington Tops is on September 14th to 16th, with the second recce next Sunday.

The Hounslow Classic, on September 22nd and 23rd, is a running event centred on Blackheath.

The Hawkesbery Canoe Classic, and the associated Wisemans Dash will be on the 27th and 28th October. These raise funds for the ARROW Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation.

Day 1 of Induction Training is being held here at Dural today, from 9:30 am, with Day 2 on Sunday, August 19th.

For Facebook users, there is a new official "WICEN NSW" page, and an informal national WICEN group.

WICEN Northern Rivers has a weekly net on Tuesdays at 8:00pm, on the Lismore repeater VK2RSC on 146.8 MHz, requiring a 123 Hz tone. Sunday, August 12th, at 1000 is the meeting, at the SARC club-rooms. 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 15:30. The region is also running 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 ACT and the surrounding "Capital Country". The Batemans Bay Rally is on August 11th. The ACTERA Brookvale Horse Endurance Ride is on September 29th and 30th. October has the ANU "Inward Bound" adventure race on the 5th and 6th; and both Fitz's Challenge and the Whitwood Carriage Driving event on the 28th. See the "WICEN" and "Events" pages on:

The aforementioned CRARC runs Foundation courses and all-level exams bi-monthly, the next being September 22nd and 23rd.

WICEN Victoria's is supporting the October Field Weekend at Lauriston Scount Camp in the Macedon Ranges, on the 5th and 6th; and the Stockmans Rally at Big River on Sunday, October 28th. The group holds a net on 3.6 MHz each Tuesday at 8:30 pm local time. Visit:

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