Receiver site

The receivers for Taupo Maritime Radio ZLM are east of Taupo in the central North Island at 681 Goudies Rd.

Satellite view of the receiver site for Taupo Radio ZLM

Satellite view of the receiver site for Taupo Radio ZLM. Google Maps, 2017

Receive site for Taupo Radio ZLM, Oct 2016

Receive site for Taupo Radio ZLM, Oct 2016, as seen from the MEOSAR site.
Photo: Tony Graham. Click to enlarge.

Types of HF antenna used at the Taupo Radio receiver site

Types of HF antenna used at the Taupo Radio receiver site. Illustrations: Andrew Corp.

Receiver huts for DSC (left) and voice at Taupo Radio Goudies Rd site

Receiver huts for DSC (left) and voice at Taupo Radio Goudies Rd site. Photo: Tony Graham. Click to enlarge.

One of two log periodic antennas at the Taupo Radio receive site (one favours north and the other south), Oct 2016. On the mast in the centre of the photo is a microwave dish aimed at the Paeroa Range.

One of two log periodic antennas at the Taupo Radio receive site (one favours north and the other south), Oct 2016. On the mast in the centre of the photo is a microwave dish aimed at the Paeroa Range. ‘While the south log periodic is used heavily for DSC, the north and south log periodics are not often used for voice traffic. Note that only 2 of the 6 receivers can access the log periodics.’
Words and photo: Tony Graham. Click to enlarge.

One of two broadband dipole antennas at the Taupo Radio ZLM receive site, Oct 2016

One of two broadband dipole antennas at the Taupo Radio ZLM receive site, with the MEOSAR site in the distance, Oct 2016. ‘The two dipoles have essentially identical coverage and either can be used. Receivers are typically split across both dipoles to confirm that they are operational.’
Words and photo: Tony Graham. Click to enlarge.

Antenna assignments for the seven receivers (Oct 2016)

  1. Dipole 1, Dipole 2
  2. Dipole 1, Dipole 2, North Log Periodic, South Log Periodic
  3. Dipole 1, Dipole 2
  4. Dipole 1, Dipole 2, North Log Periodic, South Log Periodic
  5. Dipole 1
  6. Dipole 2
  7. Dipole 2 (But, being our working receiver, it would be good to have the choice of all four antennas.)
    – Tony Graham

Next door to the Taupo Radio receiver site is the MEOSAR earth station which detects signals from distress beacons.