Chathams Radio 1970-1991

Chatham Islands Radio ZLC c1981

Chatham Islands Radio ZLC c1981. Photo: Tony Graham

Tony Graham at Chatham Islands Radio in 1981 or 1982

Tony Graham at Chatham Islands Radio in 1981 or 1982. Photo: Tony Graham

We used to monitor 2182 kHz listening for ships in distress. During the night when the phone link to New Zealand was shut down, this was our link back to New Zealand. Even now in 2009 this set up still looks semi modern to me and doesn’t look 27 years old (other than the Phone Switch Board on top of the console that is.)
– Tony Graham

The 2182 kHz radio telephone desk at ZLC Chatham Islands Radio, c1982

The 2182 kHz radio telephone desk at ZLC Chatham Islands Radio, c1982, including a Collins 51S-1 single sideband receiver at left and Shure 444 microphones. Photo: Tony Graham

A very brief audio recording made in Dunedin in late 1980 of Chatham Islands Radio operating on marine channel 2182kHz AM:

Tony Graham at Chathams Radio ZLC

Tony Graham setting up the phone link from Chatham Islands Radio to New Zealand (an almost 800km link) c1982.

During the day when we had the phone link open it could manage two separate telephone lines back to New Zealand. During the night we switched it off, so there was no communications available to the outside world! Other than of course from our Radio Station where we could call up our fellow Maritime Safety Radio Stations back on the mainland (New Zealand).
– Tony Graham

Chathams Radio ZLC, c1982

Chatham Islands Radio ZLC, c1982. Photo: Tony Graham [Click on photo to enlarge]

Tai Rio, c1982. In 1989 Tai became the final manager of Chatham Islands Radio.

Tai Rio, c1982. In 1989 Tai became the final manager of Chatham Islands Radio. Photo: Tony Graham

Ted Day at Chatham Islands Radio c1982

Ted Day at Chatham Islands Radio c1982. Photo: Tony Graham

ZLC radio operator Tim Sollart at work

ZLC radio operator Tim Sollart at work in 1983. By this time, it appears the Collins 51S-1 receiver had been replaced by a Yaesu FRG-7700.

Undated photo of Chatham Islands Radio, possibly 1985-1987.

Chatham Islands Radio ZLC, possibly 1985-1987. Courtesy Chris Underwood

Undated photo of Chatham Islands Radio, possibly 1985-1987.

Chatham Islands Radio ZLC, possibly 1985-1987. Courtesy Chris Underwood

1988: On 18 September a celebration was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of Chatham Islands Radio.

Construction at Chatham Islands Radio. Date and circumstances unknown.

Construction at Chatham Islands Radio. Date and circumstances unknown.

Construction at Chatham Islands Radio. Date and circumstances unknown.

Construction at Chatham Islands Radio. Date and circumstances unknown.

One Response to Chathams Radio 1970-1991

  1. Barry Munro says:

    It is interesting to see the changes at ZLC since I was there in 1968. I never heard a mention of the later addition to the station, but the new hostal was still under construction when I left Chathams during the last quarter of that year. (I arrived there on the 9th of April of that year, the day before the infamous “Wahine” storm of the 10th.

    Good to see photos of familiar faces and unmet familiar names.

    73s Barry Munro.

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