Himatangi 1960-1969

Himatangi Radio, seen from the top of a 90-foot mast. Date unknown.

Himatangi Radio, seen from the top of a 90-foot mast. Date unknown. Courtesy Jon Asmus

The following two pages are from a NZ Post Office engineering lecture for trainee radio engineers. The document, dated January 1960, is courtesy Chris Underwood.

1960 description of Himatangi Radio

1960 description of Himatangi Radio

Himatangi Radio, probably late 1966. Noel McConachy at the control console, talks with L-R: Neil Crawford, Ian Wilton, Rose Peterson, Noel Beech, Leith Baker, Stan Hood, Chester Clark and Bruce Davenport

Himatangi Radio, probably late 1966. Noel McConachy at the control console, talks with L-R: Neil Crawford, Ian Wilton, Rose Peterson, Noel Beech, Leith Baker, Stan Hood, Chester Clark and Bruce Davenport. Photo: Bob McCrae. Click to enlarge.

In the photograph above, a floor-standing rack has been added to the right of the console. Barely visible at desk height in this rack is a Racal RA-17 receiver.

At that time of the above photo the drive room was being constructed. Once complete the Racal was installed in the drive room. The Racal was not a lot of use at Himatangi because of the huge amount of local interference but I guess it was there for propagation reasons. Radio Hauraki was listened to for the pop music mainly by us young guys on shift.
– Chester Clark

The shielded Drive Room was added alongside the Transmitting Hall prior to my arrival in 1968. At that stage the Racal receiver was relocated to where I remember it. Memories of Radio Hauraki are vague but I think it came and went as the layers moved around – certainly only at night. Management was the other reception impactor.
– Jon Asmus

Philips 5kW telegraph transmitter at Himatangi

Philips 5kW telegraph transmitter at Himatangi. Photo: Jon Asmus

Philips transmitter power supply

Philips transmitter power supply. Photo: Jon Asmus

FSK exciter bay at Himatangi Radio, prior to construction of the drive room

FSK exciter bay at Himatangi Radio, prior to construction of the drive room in 1966. Courtesy Jon Asmus

Northeast view of the station buildings showing the drive room (centre of photo) added in 1966.

Northeast view of the station buildings showing the drive room and associated air conditioning room (centre of photo) added in 1966. Courtesy Jon Asmus

The screened drive room, added in 1966

The screened drive room, added in 1966. Photo: Jon Asmus

1968: On 10 April the Wahine storm damages the roof of the transmitter hall at Himatangi Radio.

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