Himatangi Radio

Himatangi Radio ZLZ (channels below 10 MHz) or ZLX (10 MHz and above) was located near Foxton, 120km north of Wellington. The station officially opened on 9 November 1953 and closed on 30 September 1993.

(Approximate location)

Himatangi Radio was a transmitting station, complementing the receiving station Makara Radio.

AM (later single sideband) operations for these stations were controlled from the Overseas Radiotelephone Terminal at the Central Telephone Exchange in Wellington, while radiotelegraph was controlled from the Radiotelegraph and Cables Terminal at the Wellington Post Office.

As well, if a transmitter at coast radio station Wellington Radio ZLW had to be taken off air, then a transmitter at Himatangi could be put on air and operated from ZLW.

Himitangi Radio

An early photo of Himitangi Radio before the drive room was added in 1966. Photo courtesy Chris Underwood

Transmitter hall at Himatangi Radio in the early 1980s. Photo: Alan Turner. Click to enlarge.

Transmitter hall at Himatangi Radio in the early 1980s. Photo: Alan Turner. Click to enlarge.

Laurie Edgerton at the main control console of Himatangi Radio

Laurie Edgerton at the main control console of Himatangi Radio. Laurie went on to become the Chief Inspecting Technician Radio (ie head of the NZPO Radio Technician Branch) and was the last person to fill that role before Telecom became privatised and abolished the role. Photo courtesy Chris Underwood

Ray Sutherland at the Himatangi Radio transmitter control console, Noel Bradbury standing in background

Ray Sutherland at the Himatangi Radio transmitter control console, Noel Bradbury standing in background. Photo courtesy Chris Underwood

Sunset in the aerial field at Himatangi Radio

Sunset in the aerial field at Himatangi Radio. Photo: Jon Asmus

Himatangi Radio road sign

See also:

Himatangi Radio through the years

Bearer System

Carrier Room

Emergency power system

Transmitters [PDF]