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Radio Shacks: Quartz Hill Collection

image of Antonio Montero Garrido EA4GL, Madrid, Spain

Antonio Montero Garrido EA4GL, Madrid, Spain


In the first of a new series, the Quartz Hill Collection, amateur radio stations from around the world that have worked ZL6QH feature in the Radio Shacks Gallery.

image of Konrad Kowalczyk SQ5CSW, Otwock, Poland climbing his antenna

Konrad Kowalczyk SQ5CSW, Otwock, Poland climbing his antenna

Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station ZL6QH is based at an old short wave receiving station located about 30 minutes drive from central Wellington, New Zealand.

With a wide variety of aerials stretching across the hills of an exposed farm site overlooking the wild seas of Cook Strait, the site offers amateur radio operators a unique operations platform and a ZL contact eagerly sought after by thousands of amateurs around the world.

Thousands of the QSL cards received from these stations over the years have been preserved, and we're pleased to begin a new series featuring some of these cards.

Most amateur radio operators are keen to see the gear used by their overseas contacts, and here are some of the radio shacks from where signals have reached the South Pacific.

image of Reiner Pangsy DL3BRE, Bernau, Germany

Reiner Pangsy DL3BRE, Bernau, Germany



image of Hans-Werner Liebig DL6NB, Braunschweig, Germany

Hans-Werner Liebig DL6NB, Braunschweig, Germany



image of Josep Gilbert EA3BT & Nuria Font EA3WL, Vilanova I la Geltru, Spain

Josep Gilbert EA3BT & Nuria Font EA3WL, Vilanova I la Geltru, Spain



image of Antonio Villamor Bueno, EA7ATE, Fuente Palmera, Spain

Antonio Villamor Bueno, EA7ATE, Fuente Palmera, Spain



image of Tonno Vahk ES5TV, Jogeva, Estonia

Tonno Vahk ES5TV, Jogeva, Estonia



image of Alex Billard F5MUN, Perigueux, France

Alex Billard F5MUN, Perigueux, France



image of Masao Nakagawa JA1JUM, Yokohama, Japan

Masao Nakagawa JA1JUM, Yokohama, Japan



image of Takakazu Horiike JA3AMI, Shiga, Japan

Takakazu Horiike JA3AMI, Shiga, Japan



image of Jan D. Perkins N6AW, Fullerton CA, USA

Jan D. Perkins N6AW, Fullerton CA, USA



image of Jiri Suchy OK2SJ, Napajedla, Czech Republic

Jiri Suchy OK2SJ, Napajedla, Czech Republic



image of Michael RW3AX, Moscow, Russia

Michael RW3AX, Moscow, Russia



image of Dima Abrosimov RX3AGD, Moscow, Russia

Dima Abrosimov RX3AGD, Moscow, Russia



image of Mariusz Chrzanowski SN3X, Poznan, Poland

Mariusz Chrzanowski SN3X, Poznan, Poland



image of Dragan Mihalovic VE3FF, Toronto ON, Canada

Dragan Mihalovic VE3FF, Toronto ON, Canada



image of William R. Ogden [Bill] W2WO, Highland NY, USA

William R. Ogden [Bill] W2WO, Highland NY, USA

The Quartz Hill Collection currently numbers some 30,000 QSL cards received over the past 10 years by ZL6QH and grows every week as new contacts are made over a variety of frequencies and through many amateur radio contests.

We're grateful to the members of the Quartz Hill Users Group, an offshoot of the Wellington Amateur Radio Club [ZL2WB] for their support of this project and for making the cards available to document contemporary amateur radio contacts being made within the Pacific and with the rest of the world.

If you have amateur radio cards, magazine and newspaper articles, photos or audio of amateur radio operators heard in the Pacific since the 1920's and would like to make sure they're kept safely for the future, please contact us with details today. We'll look after them for you.

image of ZL6QH Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station

ZL6QH Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station

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