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Happy New Year!

Well 2022 has got off to an interesting start!

Firstly a big thank you for the welcome and hospitality shown at the Warrnambool Hamfest on Dec 27. For a first time event by a new club it was a job well done, and qudos for having the guts to do it during a quiet time for Hamfests! It’s is good to see new events by new clubs, a breath of fresh air for the hobby.

Our only hiccup was getting a PCR test to be allowed back into Queensland and the uncertainty of when the results would come back, so it was a leisurely drive home!

As I am sure many of you are aware the impact on COVID continues, with the chip shortages continuing to drive up electronics prices. Hotspots are now almost 2x the price of a year ago. Avair are raising prices by 10-15% for new orders, we have great stocks at the old pricing but they won’t last forever, in fact we are overstocked on the AV-201 so it’s on special.

We will be shipping antenna orders Monday, anything over 1 metre cannot go via post, so we use Couriers Please or Aramex. If you have been to your local supermarket in the last few days. you would have seen the shortages caused by logistics, this is now affecting everybody as the following message from Aramex indicates:

Below is a summary from our head office of the impact of Omicron related delivery delays across our network. In particular we would advise you not to send freight to Perth, Adelaide or Geelong at this time (we will of course let you know when things improve). Several of our depots have been impacted by positive COVID cases and the required isolation time before people can return to work. This has had a flow-on effect to our call centres and our network of drivers. The regions most impacted are Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Geelong and Bendigo, with delays of 3-5 days. Perth is also experiencing delays of over 5 days as a result of unprecedented delivery demand and staffing shortages The suburbs most affected are listed at the bottom of this email.
List of Suburbs affected: Melbourne: Melbourne CBD, Docklands, Point Cook, Pakenham, Craigieburn, Greenvale, Carlton, St Kilda, Hillside, Sunbury. Sydney: Sydney CBD, Marrickville, Mosman, Hurstville, Miranda, Moorebank, Caringbah, Carlingford, Ashfield, Auburn. Adelaide: Adelaide CBD, Morphett Vale, Paralowie, Hallett Cove, Aberfoyle Park, Happy Valley, Aldinga Beach, Mawson Lakes, Parafield Gardens, Campbelltown. Geelong: Highton, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Colac, Elliminyt, Grovedale, Lara, Bannockburn, Corio, Winchelsea. Bendigo: Shepparton, Bendigo, Echuca, Golden Square, Heathcote. Perth: Bayswater, Dianella, Bassendean, Morley, Clarkson, Gosnells, Malaga, Forresfield, Baldivis and Scarborough.

We expect delays as a result with Antenna shipments. Most of our other stock is shipped express post which seems OK at the moment.

In the meantime please stay safe, thankyou for your business in 2021, we look forward to supplying your old favourites as well as new products in 2022!

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