1993: Wellington Radio ZLW closes

Wellington Radio ZLW closed at 19h00 on 30 September 1993, after more than 82 years of service. At the same time, sister station Auckland Radio ZLD also closed.

Peter Baird, acting manager of Wellington Radio ZLW, at the 500kHz desk on closing day, 30 September 1993

Peter Baird, acting manager of Wellington Radio ZLW, at the 500kHz desk on closing day, 30 September 1993. Evening Post photo

Here is the final radiotelephone transmission from ZLW:

Transcript of radiotelephone transmission:

Hello all stations, all stations, this is Wellington Radio, Wellington Radio, Zulu Lima Whiskey. After 82 years of dedicated service to mariners, local and foreign, our final moment is upon us. No longer will the callsigns of Wellington Radio – Zulu Lima Whiskey and Auckland Radio – Zulu Lima Delta ring through the ether. It is with great sadness we transmit our final message and close another page in the history book of a once-proud maritime nation. We extend to you all – our friends, colleagues and acquaintances – our very best wishes for the future and sincere thanks for your support and messages of goodwill. Wellington Radio will open up 4146 for any further calls. This is Wellington Radio – Zulu Lima Whiskey out, and no longer listening on 2182, 4125 or Channel 16 VHF. Good evening.

[pause while listening]

Aratika, Wellington Radio. Thank you.

Here is what the final Morse transmission from ZLW sounded like, although this video may have been a “test run” for the 3 NEWS camera. The radio operator is Peter Baird.

Transcript of Morse transmission:

CQ CQ CQ DE ZLW ZLW QSW 417 NAV WNG 110 –

CQ CQ DE ZLW ZLW – NAV WNG 110 – ON 30TH SEPTEMBER ALL TRANSMISSIONS FROM COAST RADIO STATIONS AUCKLANDRADIO/ZLD AND WELLINGTONRADIO/ZLW WILL BE DISPLACED BY TAUPO MARITIME RADIO

ZLW operator Peter Baird, interviewed by 3 NEWS.

Here are off-air recordings of the final transmissions of ZLW, recorded by David Smith ZL2WT (these recordings are quite loud, so you may wish to reduce your computer’s volume before playing them):

RELATED: Hear the final tranmissions from Auckland Radio ZLD, which closed the same day as Wellington Radio.

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