Category Archives: DXers

Phil Van de Paverd


Phil at the Mangawhai 2013 convention,

Very sad news. Our old mate, long-time League member, veteran of the Auckland branch and Adcom committee Phil Van de Paverd passed away on Monday evening.

Phil was a very active DXer and administrator, having served many roles in the Auckland Branch, and as secretary-treasurer and membership secretary of Adcom (the League’s administrative committee). Phil was a regular attendee of League conventions and AGMs and often met DXers around the country when caravaning with his late wife Kathleen.

Keith Robinson a Profile

PROFILE of Keith Robinson.

Written by Keith after some prompting by Bill Marsh (Jnr).

I was brought up on a farm at Kapuka, 25 km east of Invercargill. We didn’t get electricity until the Monowai Power Station was built in 1936. After much consideration my parents decided to buy a six tube Philips Radioplayer superhet which gave great service. Highlights of the weeks listening was Dad and Dave over 4ZP Invercargill on 680 kcs.

New Zealand DX Radio Association Historical Information


At the Moeraki 2016 Convention, Andy Gardner brought items from the late Ron Killick’s estate. Amongst the radios etc which were sold for the SDR project, there were some documents of historical value including bound sets of the NZDXRA’s “Tune In” prior to World War II. Bill has painstakingly prepared a membership list and unearthed some gems such as the common use of pseudonyms by members.

The full article can be viewed here.

Barry Williams – A Tribute


Barry using a bow and arrow to get an aerial up into a tree at Te Araroa, Dene Lynneberg and Jack Searle look on. Circa mid 70s

Dear DX colleagues,
It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing of DX League Life Member BARRY WILLIAMS earlier today. Barry had been battling health issues for some time. As a club member for some 65 years, Auckland branch activist and past National President of the DX League, Barry’s contribution to the hobby and club was very significant.

Please post your tributes and memories of Barry on the DX Dialog.
Funeral details will be advised as soon as known.

Rockwork Cliff DXpedition


Gary DeBock with an FSL at Rockwork.

Washington state DXer Gary DeBock (above) who recently joined the  League has posted this report of a DXpedition to his favourite cliff-side location on the northern Oregon coast last month. Thanks to Paul Rawdon for reporting this to the DX Dialog user-group.

Tribute To Frank Glen


Frank at Tiwai, his “magic place”


Mark Nicholls – R.I.P.

mn8The New Zealand DX fraternity was stunned to learn of the passing of long-time NZRDXL member and DX Times editor, Mark Nicholls. Mark had long-term health issues, even so his passing on the morning of the 20th of August was a shock to us all.

Read tributes to Mark here.

The following from NZRDXL President, Bryan Clark:

Dear colleagues,

As you will know by now, our long time Chief Editor and League Life Member Mark passed away yesterday.

Memories Of 2XN

2xn_txmtr_1Martin Hadlow has kindly supplied this reminiscence of his home-town station, Nelson’s 2XN.

Arthur Cushen’s 1st Radio Hobbies DX News

163-October 1952-92 copy

Arthur Cushen was New Zealand’s longest-serving and most prolific DX news columnist and one of the most prominent DXers of his time. This article was produced in October 1952.

Convention 1976

tatumparkThanks to Dawn Chambers, there are some excellent photos online taken at the NZRDXL’s 1976 Convention, held at Tatum Park near Otaki.

Profile – Kelvin Brayshaw


Albert Stanton – Tribute


Dudley Carter – Tribute


New article thanks to Bill Marsh Jnr:

The 6×3 in the 1960s

Thanks to Arthur de Maine for the following photos of Merv Branks’ famous “6×3” at Riverton:

6x3 the rocks 1960s

Boys brigade tents in use for the annual DXpedition


6x3 1966

Tony Magon and Noel Parry carrying out repairs


Inside the 6x3

Merv Branks, Trevor Service & Irene Simpson

Thanks to Paul Aronsen who took the photos.

Merv Branks & the 6×3

Arthur Cushen Audio Tribute


I have been combing through the Media Network archive at Radio Netherlands, trying to rescue as much as possible before a lot of the station history is thrown out.

You’ll be pleased to know that I found the studio copy of our tribute programme to Arthur Cushen broadcast on Sept 25 1997, 15 years ago. I’ve put it back on the web for others to listen to.

Media Network Vintage Vault 

Access to the archives is free. I believe that the stories that we shared in the 80’s and 90’s are definitely relevant in broadcasting circles today, even though the distribution channels have changed.