Pacific Maritime Radio
*** Station is currently off air ***
Established in 2016 originally as Northland Radio, Pacific Maritime Radio is a New Zealand registered private maritime coast station.
My inspiration for creating the coast station goes as far back as the 1994 Queens Birthday Weekend Storm and the selfless dedication of Jon and Maureen Cullen of Kerikeri Marine Radio spanning many years, and more recently the SV Nina tragedy in June 2014 resulting in the loss of seven crew.
Every season, hundreds of cruising yachts have called into my daily HF radio nets while on passage in the Pacific.
Exploiting the power of collective security, where every vessel can hear each other as well as my coast station, live weather information at sea is shared, new friendships are made, and encouragement provided when it gets tough.
The location of my home in Russell (Bay of Islands) New Zealand had salt water on three sides, and was an excellent HF radio site. I spent hundreds of hours optimising and testing antennae for the station, using designs that date back to before the Second World War.
The final installation allowed me to talk to vessels as far away as Dutch Harbour Alaska, the entire length of the west coast of the Americas all the way south to Cape Horn, as well as popular cruising areas in the South Pacific.
Funded by myself and the occasional donation, I have been able to provide this service every day through until the COVID-19 pandemic commenced in 2020 when cruising came to an abrupt standstill.
This presented an opportunity for my wife Angela and I to move to my home town of Christchurch, where I intend to re-establish Pacific Maritime Radio from a new remote controlled site in Canterbury.
The photos below are myself (Peter Mott) with weather guru Bob McDavitt, the Russell Ops Room, the 8 and 12MHz Yagi for North Pacific, and a drone shot of the property. There are many wire antennae which cannot be seen in the photos.