By the time Awanui Radio ZLA closed in 1930, due to the cost of maintaining its isolated facilities and as a result of the shift from long wavelength spark transmission to short wave “cw” signals, Auckland Radio was back in operation.
Aviation radio services started in the 1930s with all communication and radio navigation aids being run by the Post Office.
1933: Planning for an Auckland radio station with high and medium frequency services was begun and possible sites for a station were investigated. A receiving and direction-finding site was identified near Bucklands Beach, with a transmitting site about 3 miles away. The land was publicly owned, but various difficulties had to be surmounted before access could be obtained. A refurbished Auckland Radio was included in the planning.
1938: Just as planning for the new radio station was getting under way, one of the celebrated survey flights across the Pacific came to a tragic end. The Pan American Airways flying boat Samoan Clipper commanded by Captain Edwin Musick was lost with all on board near Apia. In keeping with the general feeling of the country, Group Captain T Wilks, Controller of Civil Aviation, put forward the idea that the new radio station should “constitute a memorial and should be known as the Musick Memorial Radio Station”. The Government approved this and accordingly, the main building and layout was planned with this objective in mind.
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