The Quartz Hill Collection 2

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.

Gary Hornbuckle K9MMS, St.Charles IL, USA
Ken Wheatley G3BBR, Redhill, Surrey, England
Manfred “Fred” Eisel HB9DAX, Landquart, Switzerland
Vittorio Bussoni IK4CIE, San Michele Tiorre [Parma], Italy
Janusz Szymanski SQ2HL, Kartuzy, Poland
Roland “Ron” Stange DL4ME, Geraberg, Germany
Pavel Zamrazil OK1ZCW, Prague, Czech Republic
Angelo Fronimos SV1PL, Athens, Greece
Bob Barden MDØCCE, Ramsey, Isle of Man
Ionut Pitigoi YO9WF, Pucioasa, Romania
Tsutomu ‘Tom’ Kitahara JA0DBQ, Okaya Nagano, Japan
Alex Maldur ER5GB, Cahul, Moldova
Niall Foley EI4CF, Ballinasloe, Co.Galway, Ireland
Mihail Nosyrev LY2BIS, Visaginas, Lithuania
Dr Michael Hunter K5HDU, Houston TX, USA
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.

ZL6QH Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station
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