GB2NZ  –  2SZ


Chris Burbanks, G3SJJ, explains how the GB2NZ project began and developed

In August 2013 Mike Mather, ZL2CC, alerted the CDXC Discussion Group to celebrations being organised in New Zealand for the 90th Anniversary in 2014 of the first radio transmissions between Great Britain and New Zealand. On checking my computer log I saw that I had made the Great Britain to New Zealand crossing at around the times of day in past Octobers that Goyder had done. I was then motivated into co-ordinating activities for that year which would be a trial run for bigger celebrations in 2014. Several UK radio amateurs expressed an interest doing something similar in the UK.
Don Beattie, G3BJ, responded enthusiastically, offering advice and liaising with RSGB and Ofcom. We were allocated the callsign of GB2NZ which a small team of experienced operators used during October 2013. Contact was made with a number of New Zealand stations on 80m around the date and time of the original Goyder transmissions.
The success of our trial run formed the basis of more extensive celebrations during 2014.
  • Paul Evans, G4BKI, W4/VP9KF, encouraged and tutored me in web design but handled the more technically challenging aspects.
  • Elaine Richards, G4LFM, RadCom Editor generously provided the archive material.
  • Michael Wells, G7VJR, allowed us to use DXLite for DX Cluster Spots.
  • Steve Nichols G0KYA, of the RSGB’s Propagation Studies Committee provided an excellent article on propagation theory.
  • Charles Wilmott, M0OXO, kindly volunteered to handle QSLing.
  • Jeff King, ZL4AI,  provided detailed archive material.