On 29 September 2013, Musick Point Radio Group marked the 20th anniversary of the closure of Auckland Radio ZLD on 30 September 1993.
Former staff of the station were invited to a reunion at Musick Memorial Radio Station, and members of the Group operated a special event station from 10am to midnight local time.
Ross Wedge, seen here with his wife, was an operator at ZLD from 1943 to 1946! Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Neil Denize was a technician at ZLD from 1961 to 1968. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Bob Shimmin brought along a photo album which he is seen showing to Paul Chamberlin. Bob was a ZLD operator from 1956 to 1960 before becoming a radio inspector. Paul was a ZLD technician up until the station’s closure and is a member of MPRG. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Ralph Boshier ZL4AG worked at NZPO radio stations all over the country, and was at the Auckland Depot from 1984 to 1986. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Former radio inspector Jack Sullivan examines a semi-automatic key. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Lionel Fuller, former ZLD technician. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Robert Hoeksema, seen with his wife, was a chief tech at ZLD. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Neil Rowe was a technician at ZLD in the mid 1980s. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Paul Tolenaars, former chief technician at ZLD. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Rick Taylor ZL1WOT operating 15m SSB at ZL1ZLD. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Peter Scott ZL1AAM, a former ZLD technician, adjusts the preselector for the 475 kHz receiver at ZL1ZLD. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Neil Sanderson ZL1NZ handled the Twitter updates during the special event operation. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Paul Chamberlin ZL1BBR, who worked as a technician at ZLD until the station’s closure in 1993. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Barbara Shephard ZL1UFT and Brenda Scott. Photo: Merv Thomas ZL1SK
Camera shy: Ann Walker ZL1BFB
Videos from our special event on the air
Our 475 kHz radiotelegraph signal as heard on a vintage National NC-156 receiver
From an amateur radio operator in Spain
Break-In magazine (NZ Association of Radio Transmitters)
It was an honour to have our 20th anniversary event featured on the cover of Break-In.