Auckland Radio 1960-1979

1960: On 1 Jan, the Post & Telegraph Department (which operates New Zealand’s coast stations) is renamed the New Zealand Post Office (Post Office Act – 1959), but remains a government department.

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ray Chandler

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Raymon Chandler, November 1960. Ray was a PO radio operator from 1947 until his retirement in 1989 and is a member of the Musick Point Radio Group. There has to be a good story about this photo!

Aerial view of Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1961

Looking south over the receiving towers at Auckland Radio ZLD Musick Memorial Radio Station in 1961. The direction finding (DF) antennas can be partially seen at the top right of the photo.

Medium-wave DF aerials at Musick Point

Medium-wave DF aerial towers at Musick Memorial Radio Station can be seen near the centre of this photo c1961.

Undated, pre-1961 photo. "The right hand rack has a double panel of alarm 'grasshopper' fuses near the top, then a storage unit for the HOR's coil sets. The next rack to the left has line monitoring and patch panels. The next rack has an HRO monitor receiver and speaker, plus what I think is the intercom to the receiving station. In the next rack is a control panel for a Collins auto-tune transmitter. I cannot identify the other 3 racks' contents. To the left of the racks is the oldest of 3 Collins 231 3KW auto-tune transmitters.

Undated, pre-1961 photo. “The right hand rack has a double panel of alarm ‘grasshopper’ fuses near the top, then a storage unit for the HOR’s coil sets. The next rack to the left has line monitoring and patch panels. The next rack has an HRO monitor receiver and speaker, plus what I think is the intercom to the receiving station. In the next rack is a control panel for a Collins auto-tune transmitter. I cannot identify the other 3 racks’ contents. To the left of the racks is the oldest of 3 Collins 231 3KW auto-tune transmitters. Photo from the collection of Jack Paton with notes by Gordon Cooper.

Working on the 6-channel JRC single sideband transmitter (installed in 1967).

It looks like the tech is probing the high voltage parts with a neon stick to ensure the volts were dead prior to working on the transmitter. He seems to be keeping his other arm behind as we were trained to do to avoid getting plated.
– Ralph Sanson

1972: Auckland aviation radio (ZLF) moves from Musick Point to Mangere airport.

1980 – 1993