2018 Commemorations


1968 was a particularly tragic year for New Zealand shipping. Fifty years later, three disasters will be commemorated with amateur radio special events stations.

TEV WahineApril 2018

ZM50GW will commemorate the sinking of TEV Wahine ZMGW, with the loss of 51 lives (two others died later from injuries).

> Read about Wahine and her radio officer Bob Lyver

MV MaranuiJune 2018

ZM50LA will commemorate the sinking of MV Maranui ZMLA, with the loss of nine crew.

> Read about the Maranui disaster

SS GothicAugust 2018

ZM50MAUQ will commemorate the fire aboard SS Gothic which killed seven people, and the heroic effort to save the ship.

> Read about the Gothic fire


Bands/modes: 80m, 40m and 20m – CW and SSB

Times: Weekday evenings, weekend days, covering every day of the month


In September, a single QSL card will be provided to stations that have contacted one or more of the special event stations and requested a QSL card.

The card will show details of the contact with each special event station.

More information about these special event stations and information on how to get a QSL card will be announced soon.

For updates on the first station, see the ZM50GW page.