Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Surf Life Saving Club digital radio FEATURED Sport by Dave Brazier - October 14, 2015 The Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Surf Life Saving Club (HNTGSLSC ) is going digital thanks to an injection of funds from two local sponsors. Connor Curtis is on the Radio and Samuel Webb looking on. HNTGSLSC now has six new radios and a six-bay charger unit, purchased from the generous donations made by the Holiday Coast Credit Union and Midcoast Water under its “Community Sponsorship” program. The new digital radios are essential to the Surf Club as the old “Analogue” radio system is being phased out. Surf Life Saving New South Wales currently owns and operates a total of 45 repeaters and/or translators which provide radio coverage to all 150 patrolled locations across the State. But just like our TV’s the SLSNSW is now moving toward becoming a totally digital network over the next few seasons. This is vital equipment, as it allows patrols to not only fullfil their functions during normal operations but even more importantly in emergency situations where an operable radio network is essential in getting emergency services such as Ambulance, Police and Helicopter to respond as needed. Local lads Connor Curtis, Samuel Webb and Charlie Pietsch have already completed the Digital Radio Operators course run by assessor Debbie Booth. Just a reminder too that the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Surf Life Saving Club will hold it’s Open Day on Sunday 18 October another chance for the community to see what goes on at Bennett’s Beach. The Club always welcomes new members and volunteers. For more details contact Maxine Cook on 0421 687 311.