Operators at Auckland Radio ZLD. L-R: G Haywood (in background on Marconi MW Direction Finding), George Haines on 500kHz radiotelegraph watch, Carl Littlejohn (Supervisor) and J Thompson (or Ted Healy?) on 2182kHz small ships watch. Courtesy: Chris Underwood
Notes on above photo:
In the background is visible the Marconi DF and the remote control for the AWA Transmitter (#100 on 500/390 kHz) used in conjunction with the direction finder for RT contacts with shipping and aircraft as required.
– Morris, D.C. (2002). Auckland Radio: Alpha & omega, (p 54)
Operators at Auckland Radio ZLD, probably in the 1940s
Technicians at Auckland Radio ZLD: H Wiggens (standing) and possibly Robert William Fielding who died in 1951 at age 30 when the yacht Argo disappeared during the disastrous Centennial Yacht Race. Courtesy: Chris Underwood
A supervisor and two operators working at Auckland Radio ZLD. Date unknown.
“Larry Richards on the AGA (Air Ground Air) circuit. The primary watch (8523kHz) was kept on the bottom receiver. The top receiver, connected to the loudspeaker, was on 10,900kHz for Awarua Radio ZLB. In the rack above the receivers are two carpenter relays and a Morse sounder on the line circuit to ZLVY Waiuku HF Direction Finder on the edge of the Aka Aka swamp. This DF was part of the network supplying bearings to aircraft.”1
The Musick Memorial Radio Station was officially opened by New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser on 12 January, although it had been in operation since 1939.
Musick Memorial Radio Station was opened in 1942.
DF Mast ready for erection, circa 1942
During World War 2, the station conducted numerous services under Post Office control. These included coastal services for shipping, naval intelligence (DF watches), civil and military aviation.
Auckland Radio established a high-speed radiotelegraph link with the RCA station in San Francisco, as a backup in case cables were attacked.2
After the war, coastal shipping and civil aviation services remained at Musick Point.
Two operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1946. Each has two HRO-type receivers. Doug Morris refers to the operators as George Reading (left) and Ted Healy.
Auckland Radio operator Nobby Clarke in 1946.
BV Richards checks transmission instruments at Musick Point Air Radio Station, 29 Aug 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
BV Richards sends a telegraph message from Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
Notes to above photo:
Larry Richards copying weather from VNHQ Melbourne directly on to the teleprinter connected to the meteorological office at Mechanics Bay. A weather report consisted of five-figure groups, and was translated into a conventional weather report by Met Office staff. The second printer provided a direct circuit to air operations (also at Mechanics Bay) with a link to Whenuapai Air Base.
In the background cane be seen the Collier and Beale receiver type 941 SWB with spare coils and the aerial selection panel.
– Morris, D.C. (2002). Auckland Radio: Alpha & omega, (p 58)
N Grewell-Cooke testing a receiver at Musick Point Air Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
ER Wilcox, supervisor, in the operating room at Musick Point Air Station, Howick, Auckland, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
Radio operator EW Ritchie, working at the Musick Point Air Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
R McVissen, F Fleetwood and Lloyd ‘Cookie’ Douglas at Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
The first name on the photo caption above may be incorrect, as Doug Morris refers in his book to these operators as Bob McVicker, Frank Fleetwood and “Cookie” Douglas.
Station Manager LG Skull at Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
Radio operator RD Goodman at Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
RD Goodman at Musick Point Air Radio Station, 29 Aug 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
Operators (L to R): LJ Young, N [Masters?] and E Ritchie, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation
Radio operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1947.
1 Morris, D.C. (2002). Auckland Radio: Alpha & omega, (p 60), Auckland, New Zealand.
2 Wilson, A.C. (1994). Wire and wireless: A history of telecommunications in New Zealand 1890-1987, (p 138), Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press.
1950 – 1959