Wellington Radio 1980-93

1983:

Tim Sollart, operator at ZLW Wellington Radio circa 1982-1983
Radio operator Tim Sollart tunes a Collins 51S-1 receiver at the small ships radiotelephone desk. Tim believes this photo was taken at ZLW in 1982 or 1983.
Maurice (Maurie) Searle (SK) on 500 kHz Morse at Wellington Radio ZLW
Maurice (Maurie) Searle (SK) on 500 kHz Morse at Wellington Radio ZLW. Maurie later worked at Auckland Radio ZLD until he retired. Photo: NZPO Coast Radio Station Service 1983

1983 audio: Wellington Radio ZLW Gale Warning transmitted from Himatangi Radio

Terry Kamana on radiotelex at Wellington Radio ZLW
Terry Kamana on radiotelex at Wellington Radio ZLW. Photo: NZPO Coast Radio Station Service 1983

1985:

The following photos and drawings of the Wellington Radio site are from a property evaluation report by the Divisional Architect, Property Division, Post Office HQ, and based on a visit to the station on 11 April 1985.

Main entrance of the RO building at ZLW in 1985.
Main entrance of the RO building at ZLW in 1985. Photo: NZ Post Office.
Plan of the Receiving Office at ZLW in 1985.
Plan of the Receiving Office at ZLW in 1985. Source: NZ Post Office
South end of the transmitter building at ZLW c 1985
South end of the transmitter building at ZLW in 1985. Photo: NZ Post Office
North end of the transmitter building at ZLW in 1985.
North end of the transmitter building at ZLW in 1985. Photo: NZ Post Office
Plan of the transmitter building at ZLW in 1985
Plan of the transmitter building at ZLW in 1985. Source: NZ Post Office
Riggers depot at ZLW c1985.
Riggers depot at ZLW in 1985. Photo: NZ Post Office
Plan of the riggers' depot at ZLW in 1985.
Plan of the riggers’ depot at ZLW in 1985. Source: NZ Post Office
Site plan of Wellington Radio ZLW in 1985.
Site plan of Wellington Radio ZLW in 1985. Source: NZ Post Office. Click for larger version.

Operating frequencies:

  • USB: 2153, 2601, 4378, 4384, 4429, 6501, 6513, 8737, 8752, 13101, 13146, 17257, 17350, 22732, 22801 Khz
  • CW: 4277.0, 6393.0, 6449.5, 8504.0, 12740.0, 17170.0, 22533.0
  • SITOR: 4211.0, 4212.0, 6315.0, 8417.0, 8418.0, 12580.0, 12581.0, 16807.5, 16808.5, 22377.0, 22378.0

(Source: rec.radio.shortwave)

1989:

1989 QSL card from ZLW

1991:

1991 QSL letter from ZLW

1992:

1992 QSL card from ZLW

Audio: 1992 recording of ZLW 500 kHz radiotelegraph transmission

1993:

ZLW Wellington Radio - 30 September 1993
ZLW Wellington Radio – 30 September 1993
Peter Baird at the controls of ZLW Wellington Radio - 30 September 1993
Peter Baird at the controls of ZLW Wellington Radio – 30 September 1993

Wellington Radio ZLW closed on 20 September.

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