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Congratulations to member Raffy Shammay VK2RF on being awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for services to the community, in yesterday's Australia Day Honours. Mazel Tov.

The next WICEN training day will be here at ARNSW in Dural, on Sunday, February 10th.

WICEN NSW will be at the Wyong Field Day, on Sunday, February 24th, 2019. This is a good opportunity for members to pay their annual membership, now $20. Volunteers are sought to staff the stand.

The 2nd and 3rd of March are planned as a training weekend at Newnes, near Lithgow. This is the site of the Glow Worm Marathon, which WICEN will again support, in mid June.

True Grit is scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of June, and the OCR World Championship 24 hour on the 8th and 9th of June, both at Lower Portland, in outer NW Sydney.

Members should remain prepared, as summer weather events periodically result in the services of WICEN being required.

For Facebook users, there is an 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. 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 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 South Coast. Dementia Australia is kicking off the 2019 Memory Walk & Jog season in Canberra, on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin, on February 24th, 2019, supported by WICEN ACT. The Canberra Two Day walk is March the 30th and 31st. Friday May 10th, and Saturday 11th are the BMSC National Rally. Visit to find out more.

WICEN Victoria will be supporting the 2019 Pajero Challenge on the 9th and 10th of February, at Big River. Duncan's Run, an ultra marathon is Saturday, March 23rd; while the Sunraysia 400 is the 27th and 28th of April. The group holds a net on 3.6 MHz each Tuesday at 8:30 pm. Their site is at:

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