Wellington Radio 1911-19
1911: On 26 July, wireless station NZW opened at the Chief Post Office in Wellington. It was New Zealand’s first official wireless station (amateur radio operators were already on the air).
Wireless station NZW was initially located in the tower of the Chief Post Office in Wellington . Photo: 1907 National Library of NZ
1911: The operating position at wireless station NZW in the Chief Post Office, Wellington.
The original location was not intended to be permanent. Three months before NZW went on the air, the Government announced it would acquire land in a much better location on the Tinakori Hills. Construction of the new station was underway by the end of the year.
Panorama of Wellington from Wireless Station, Tinakori Hill. Moore, Robert Percy, 1881-1948 :Panoramic photographs of New Zealand. Ref: PA6-005. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22761468
1912: On 6 July, NZW changed to VLW under a new international agreement on callsign allocation. On 14 October, an official opening ceremony was held at the Tinakori Hills site.
Transmitter building on Tinakori Hills, c1912. Photo courtesy Chris Underwood
Radiotelegraph station on Tinakori Hill showing one of the two oregon pine masts in 1912. Photographer Unknown
Inside the radiotelegraph station on Mt Etako (Tinakori Hill), Wellington, c1912. Photo: Sydney Charles Smith
Wireless operator at work, Tinakori Hill, 1912. Courtesy David Smith