Mar: Ray Chandler dies

Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ray Chandler

Having some fun: Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ray Chandler, November 1960
Ray’s ‘hat’ is one of the old ceiling baffles that were used to dampen echoes and reduce noise in the operating room. These tiles were replaced by the familiar perforated acoustic tiles.

Members of Musick Point Radio Group are saddened to learn that long-time MPRG member and former Auckland Radio ZLD operator Ramon (Ray) Chandler has died, age 87.

Auckland Radio ZLD operators Ray Chandler and Dave Currie

Auckland Radio ZLD operators Ray Chandler and Dave Currie, pictured in 1959.

New Zealand Herald, 24 March 2018

CHANDLER, Ramon Wilton (ZL1ARY). Passed away peacefully at Middlemore Hospital on the 17th March 2018, aged 87. Devoted and cherished husband of Doreen for 66 years. Loved father and father-in-law of Brian and Gaye, and Debbie and Arthur. Adored Grandad of Christian, Alesha, Alistair and Troy and their spouses Diana, Simon, Lindi and Angela. Special Great Grandad of Cameron, Wyatt, Ryan, Liam, Harrison, Charlie, Fletcher and Charlotte. “Zulu Lima One Alpha Romeo Yankee signing off” A celebration of Ramon’s life will be held at the Howick Funeral Home Chapel, 35 Wellington Street, Howick, Auckland, on Wednesday 28th March 2018, at 2.00pm. 35 Wellington Street, Howick. Ph 534 7300

QSL card from ZL1ARY in December 1960

ZLD operator Raymon Chandler was also an amateur radio operator, and sent this QSL card to shortwave listener Brian Webb in December 1960.

Ramon Chandler, interviewed at Musick Memorial Radio Station for the Descent from Disaster documentary

Ramon Chandler, interviewed at Musick Memorial Radio Station for the Descent from Disaster documentary

Ray featured in the reactivation of 500kHz CW at Musick Memorial Radio Station in 2010.

Raymon and Doreen Chandler celebrate 60th anniversary