Quartz Hill Collection

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.

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.

Konrad Kowalczyk SQ5CSW, Otwock, Poland climbing his antenna
Reiner Pangsy DL3BRE, Bernau, Germany
Hans-Werner Liebig DL6NB, Braunschweig, Germany
Josep Gilbert EA3BT & Nuria Font EA3WL, Vilanova I la Geltru, Spain
Antonio Villamor Bueno, EA7ATE, Fuente Palmera, Spain
Tonno Vahk ES5TV, Jogeva, Estonia
Alex Billard F5MUN, Perigueux, France
Masao Nakagawa JA1JUM, Yokohama, Japan
Takakazu Horiike JA3AMI, Shiga, Japan
Jan D. Perkins N6AW, Fullerton CA, USA
Jiri Suchy OK2SJ, Napajedla, Czech Republic
Michael RW3AX, Moscow, Russia
Dima Abrosimov RX3AGD, Moscow, Russia
Mariusz Chrzanowski SN3X, Poznan, Poland
Dragan Mihalovic VE3FF, Toronto ON, Canada
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.

ZL6QH Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station
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