17 Jul 2011

Spectrum for 17 July 2011

From Spectrum, 12:15 pm on 17 July 2011

New Zealand was the first country in the world to anticipate the power of the new medium of radio and passed a Wireless Telegraphy Act in 1903. In July 1911, the country's first radio station, ZLW, began communicating with shipping from Wellington's Central Post Office tower and then relocated to Tinakori hill overlooking the city. Jack Perkins marks the centenary of Radio in New Zealand and former ZLW morse code operators recall their work.