1968 was a particularly tragic year for New Zealand shipping. Fifty years later, three disasters will be commemorated with amateur radio special events stations.
ZM50GW will commemorate the sinking of TEV Wahine ZMGW, with the loss of 51 lives (two others died later from injuries).
ZM50LA will commemorate the sinking of MV Maranui ZMLA, with the loss of nine crew.
ZM50MAUQ will commemorate the fire aboard SS Gothic which killed seven people, and the heroic effort to save the ship.
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.