Auckland Radio 1940-1949

Operators at Auckland Radio ZLD. L-R: G Haywood (in background on Marconi MW Direction Finding), George Haines on 500kHz radiotelegraph watch, Carl Little John (standing) and J Thompson (?) on 2182kHz watch.

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

Operators at Auckland Radio ZLD, probably in the 1940s

Larry Richards on the AGA (Air Ground Air) circuit

“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

1942: Auckland Radio established a high-speed radiotelegraph link with the RCA station in San Francisco, as a backup in case cables were attacked.2

Radio operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1947

Radio operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1947.

Two operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1946

Two operators at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1946. Each has two RO-type receivers. Doug Morris refers to the operators as George Reading (left) and Ted Healy.

A supervisor and two operators working at Auckland Radio ZLD

A supervisor and two operators working at Auckland Radio ZLD. Date unknown.

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Nobby Clarke in 1946.

Auckland Radio operator Nobby Clarke in 1946.

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

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

BV Richards checks transmission instruments at  Musick Point Air Radio Station

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

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, Auckland, 29 August 1946

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.

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.

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

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.

LG Skull at Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946.

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

Radio operator RD Goodman at Musick Memorial Radio Station, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation

RD Goodman at Musick Point Air Radio Station

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 at work, 29 August 1946.

Operators (L to R): LJ Young, N [Masters?] and E Ritchie, 29 August 1946. Photo: Whites Aviation

Notes

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.