Today marks the fourteenth day WICEN has been deployed on the search for a bushwalker missing from Kanangra Tops in the Kanangra Boyd National park area, south of Jenolan, and 50 km by road from Oberon. WICEN has been providing specialist communications support to Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Service and NSW Cave Rescue, National Parks, NSW Police, State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service, and NSW Ambulance, using various non-Amateur VHF, UHF and HF channels. Some teams have been inserted and extracted by National Parks helicopter, Lifesaver 1, and Firebird 225. WICEN also established Amateur band VHF and UHF links to Sydney for logistics.
The NSW Cave Rescue Squad exercise at Jenolan has been cancelled, with personnel re-deployed to the search.
WICEN has a twitter account: @wicennsw
Facebook users will find the official WICEN New South Wales page, an informal national WICEN group, and interstate groups.
WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the ACT and surrounding areas. The club's website at http://www.crarc.ampr.org includes details of both WICEN and general events. Yesterday was Call of the Beast, which involves running, mud, obstacles and loud music. The BMSC "Rallye des Femme" is being planned for a Saturday in December.
WICEN Victoria will be supporting the YMCA Massive Murray Paddle between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill from Monday 24th to Friday 28th November, replacing the post Christmas event. See: http://www.vic.wicen.org.au for details.
Coming events include:
Kanangra Tops search support is continuing
Induction Day at Morisset on Sunday 23 November
YMCA Massive Murray Paddle from Monday 24th to Friday 28th November
Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.