Auckland Radio 1980-1993

1980: Two new consoles with electronic switching were installed in the radiotelephone room.

Operators Ian Shackleton and Chris Silk man the two new consoles.

Operators Ian Shackleton and Chris Silk man the two new consoles.

1983: New Zealand Post Office publishes the booklet Coast Radio Station Service.

Auckland Radio at Musick Point

Auckland Radio at Musick Point. From the 1983 New Zealand Post Office 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.

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Cilla Hardy

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Cilla Hardy. She is running 500 kc/s radiotelegraphy at Console 3 in the West Operating room. Remote controls for the 1kW Dansk transmitter are at the bottom right of the photo.

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Iggy Pak

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ignacy (Iggy) Pak, who had previously worked at ZLB and ZLD. He stayed at ZLD until its closure in 1993, then moved to Wellington to work for Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM. He moved to Australia in 2002.

An operator at Auckland Radio ZLD

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ken Jenner had been an operator aboard trains in Canada. Ken died in 2009.

Chris Silk at Auckland Radio broadcasts a meteorological warning to ships on single sideband

Chris Silk broadcasts a meteorological warning to ships on single sideband from Auckland Radio. Photo: 1983 New Zealand Post Office booklet: Coast Radio Station Service

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.

1989:

Auckland Radio ZLD handles radio communications for yachts competing in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round-the-World race.

Dave Currie becomes station manager on 15 Feb.

Dave Currie, Manager of Auckland Radio 15 Feb 1989 – 30 Sep 1993

Dave Currie, Manager of Auckland Radio 15 Feb 1989 – 30 Sep 1993. On the shelf is a Japanese-made JRC NRD-515 all-wave receiver, with an optional memory unit and speaker. These solid-state receivers replaced the Collins 51S-1 units at NZ coast stations.

1990: Auckland Radio staff have a little fun with the top-secret SADIE aerial.

1992: A reunion is held to mark the 50th anniversary of the official opening of Musick Memorial Radio Station.

1993:

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.

1993 – Now