These photos were taken at Musick Point while the Musick Memorial Radio station was still occupied by Auckland Radio ZLD.
Dave Currie, manager of Auckland Radio from February 1989 until the station’s closure in September 1993. The photo was taken in the station manager’s office, which is now the Musick Point Radio Museum.
Radio operator Cilla (Tuakomo) Hardy, wife of fellow operator Ray Hardy, at Console 1 in the West Operating Room. She began at ZLD in the early 1980s and stayed until the station closed in 1993. The equipment behind her includes 2 Eddystone receivers and, below them, remote controls for the Nautel 500 kc/s radiotelegraph transmitter. To the right is a JRC NRD-515 receiver. On the desk is an electronic keyer with built-in paddles.
Auckland Radio ZLD supervisor Chuck McLeod makes the final transmission from the station on 30 September 1993. The can of beer was not usual operating procedure, claims the photographer, former ZLD tech Paul Chamberlain. Chuck had been a radio operator since Feb 1960 and previously worked at ZLW.
Auckland Radio ZLD operator Tony Graham at the 2182 kHz radio telephone console 2 in the East Operating Room, c1990. Tony worked previously at ZLB and ZLC, and is still a radio operator, working at Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM as of 2012. Photo: Tony Graham
ZLD radio operator Ray Hardy at Console 1 in the East Operating Room. This photo may have been taken on 30 September 1993, the day ZLD closed (note the pat on the back from an unseen individual). Ray also worked at ZLW and ZLC.
Another photo of Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ray Hardy. He is using the electronic keyer on 500 kc at Console 1 in the East Operating Room.
Auckland Radio ZLD operator Richard Davies at the VHF Radphone desk in the West Operating Room. He left several years before ZLD closed in 1993.
Auckland Radio ZLD technician Paul Tolenaars in the workshop at the Musick Memorial Radio Station
Eddie Duffy, a former technician at Auckland Radio ZLD, on a return visit to the museum room of the Oliver Road transmitter building, which was demolished in 1993.
The late Doug Morris ZL1QG, who was a technician at Auckland Radio and wrote a book about the station’s history Auckland Radio: Alpha and Omega. Date and circumstances of photo unknown.
Auckland Radio operator Chuck McLeod poses in the Oliver Rd transmitter building just before it closed. Photo: Paul Chamberlain
Staff of Auckand Radio who died while working at the station. This plaque hangs in the Musick Memorial Radio Station at the top of the stairs to the first floor.