WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 15th of December 2013

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WICEN Victoria will be providing communications for the 2013 Murray Marathon. Operators will arrive at Cobram on 26 December, with the event starting the next morning at Yarrawonga, a little downstream. After 5 days of paddling down the Murray, which forms the NSW - Victoria border, the event concludes at Swan Hill on the 31st. Details can be found using the Events drop-down menu in WICEN Victoria's site at:www.vic.wicen.org.au/

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 8th of December 2013

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WICEN Victoria will be providing communications for the 2013 Murray Marathon. Operators will arrive at Cobram on 26 December, with the event starting the next morning at Yarrawonga, a little downstream. After 5 days of paddling down the Murray, which forms the VK2 - VK3 border, the event concludes at Swan Hill on the 31st. Details can be found using the Events drop-down menu in WICEN Victoria's site at:www.vic.wicen.org.au/

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 1st of December 2013

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Members should have now received a report on WICEN's involvement in the annual Cave Rescue exercise held at Jenolan in early November.

Your publicity officer has noticed a possibly interesting programme from ABC's Catalyst team, "Don't Panic: Surviving Extremes" on ABC1 tonight, Sunday, at 7:30pm. For late adopters of digital TV, this is logical channel 2 or 21. The bushfires aspect was filmed in nearby Hornsby Heights.

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 24th of November 2013

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On the 9th of November WICEN supported the annual Cave Rescue exercise held at Jenolan. Participants included teams from VRA squads Cave Rescue, BWRS, and WICEN, along with Ambulance Special Operations and the Police Rescue Squad, plus some Jenolan guides. Jenolan is a far more extensive system than the typical tourist will see. This exercise took place within the Mammoth Cave complex, north of the Grand Arch, which contains 11 km of the 40 km of mapped passages and caves in the area, and involved extracting a simulated victim from deep within the system on a stretcher.

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 17th of November 2013

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The ARRL website at www.arrl.org contains a number of articles on Amateur and other communications following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). One story indicates "... a network of ham radio emergency communicators continues to handle a large volume of vital message traffic. Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ, of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA), said its Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) network is active in the disaster areas and sending messages on HF and VHF — 40 meters and 2 meters".

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 27th of October 2013

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During the week, the New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association requested that WICEN provide personnel towards their commitment to provide around 24 people to assist police in tasks such as staffing road blocks, door-knocking residents, and evacuations where required, for the State Mine fire around Lithgow. Of the 14 members who made themselves available, a team of 4 members was selected for a three day tour of duty based out of VRA Lithgow for Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th.

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 20th of October 2013

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This weekend WICEN is supporting Project Wittenoom, evidently randomly named, with nothing to do with asbestos mining. This is the large scale, multi-agency search for missing Cessna VH-MDX in the Barrington Tops.

WICEN has received an invitation from its sister 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. WICEN's involvement would not include entering the cave, only the provision of some surface communications.

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 13th of October 2013

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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. WICEN's 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.

WICEN NSW Inc News for Sunday the 6th of October 2013

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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.

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