As an RNZN Boy Telegraphist, my first draft on completing 14 months training in Sept 1947 was to HMS Bellona/GCQQ, later to become HMNZS with callsign ZMSF. Initially, Boy Tels were allowed in the comms office only from 4pm to 6pm (first dog watch) to listen (double-banked with a qualified operator) on 500 kcs distress freq. I recall hearing Marine Phoenix/AOOG – which came to Auckland to transport to the USA war brides of US servicemen – working ZLD. Bellona was alongside Calliiope wharf at the time.
– Kelvin Brayshaw (Apr 2018)
The Fan Marker Beacon (pictured above) was being overhauled on behalf of CAA. This transmitter was temporarily installed by Post Office staff at various sites on the outskirts of Auckland. This was to enable site evaluation and in-flight checks to be undertaken for a proposed navigational aid system for the Auckland area.1
– Doug Morris
» 1950 – 1959
1. Morris, D.C. (2002). Auckland Radio, Alpha & Omega. Waitakere City, NZ: Copy Out West. p. 64.