1980: Two new consoles with electronic switching were installed in the radiotelephone room.
1983: New Zealand Post Office publishes the booklet Coast Radio Station Service.
Auckland Radio exchanges traffic on medium, high and very high frequencies with vessels around the New Zealand coast. Access to the internal and international telegraph networks is also available from Auckland Radio.
Present day services cover 24-hour distress watches on 500 kHz, 2182 kHz, 4125 kHz, 6215.5 kHz and Channel 16 VHF. Includes in these services are normal exchange of traffic with ships at sea, radiomedical service, radiotelephone call bookings, meteorological and navigational warnings.
– New Zealand Post Office: Coast Radio Station Service (1983)
1985: An episode of the TV series Terry and the Gunrunners was shot at Musick Memorial Radio Station.
1986: On 3 April the Government releases the Morris-Mason review of the Post Office, which recommended, among other things, that telecommunications be run by a separate state corporation.
On 19 May, Finance Minister Roger Douglas announces that the Post Office will be split into three state-owned enterprises: New Zealand Post, Telecom (which would take over the coast radio stations) and Postbank, effective 1 Apr 1987.
1990: Auckland Radio staff have a little fun with the top-secret SADIE aerial.
Audio: Container ship Flinders Bay – GYSA calls Auckland Radio – ZLD on 500 kHz
Recorded by radio officer Roger Wincer aboard the inter-island ferry Arahura – ZMBS
(links to audio file on Roger Wincer’s website)
On 31 October New Zealand’s last remaining coast stations, Auckland Radio ZLD and Wellington Radio ZLW, closed forever.