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Radio Shacks: The Quartz Hill Collection 2

image of Terry Crothers VK8KTC, Groote Eylandt NT, Australia

Terry Crothers VK8KTC, Groote Eylandt NT, Australia


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

Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station ZL6QH was 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 offered 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 continue 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 Gary Hornbuckle K9MMS, St.Charles IL, USA

Gary Hornbuckle K9MMS, St.Charles IL, USA



image of Ken Wheatley G3BBR, Redhill, Surrey, England

Ken Wheatley G3BBR, Redhill, Surrey, England



image of Manfred

Manfred "Fred" Eisel HB9DAX, Landquart, Switzerland



image of Vittorio Bussoni IK4CIE, San Michele Tiorre [Parma], Italy

Vittorio Bussoni IK4CIE, San Michele Tiorre [Parma], Italy



image of  Janusz Szymanski SQ2HL, Kartuzy, Poland

Janusz Szymanski SQ2HL, Kartuzy, Poland



image of Roland

Roland "Ron" Stange DL4ME, Geraberg, Germany



image of Pavel Zamrazil OK1ZCW, Prague, Czech Republic

Pavel Zamrazil OK1ZCW, Prague, Czech Republic



image of Angelo Fronimos SV1PL, Athens, Greece

Angelo Fronimos SV1PL, Athens, Greece



image of Bob Barden MDOCCE, Ramsey, Isle of Man

Bob Barden MDØCCE, Ramsey, Isle of Man



image of Ionut Pitigoi YO9WF, Pucioasa, Romania

Ionut Pitigoi YO9WF, Pucioasa, Romania



image of Tsutomu 'Tom' Kitahara JA0DBQ, Okaya Nagano, Japan

Tsutomu 'Tom' Kitahara JA0DBQ, Okaya Nagano, Japan



image of Alex Maldur ER5GB, Cahul, Moldova

Alex Maldur ER5GB, Cahul, Moldova



image of Niall Foley EI4CF, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway, Ireland

Niall Foley EI4CF, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway, Ireland



image of  Mihail Nosyrev LY2BIS, Visaginas, Lithuania

Mihail Nosyrev LY2BIS, Visaginas, Lithuania



image of Dr Michael Hunter K5HDU, Houston TX, USA

Dr Michael Hunter K5HDU, Houston TX, USA



image of Kuno Zierholz DF1SD, Rottenburg, Germany

Kuno Zierholz DF1SD, Rottenburg, Germany

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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