Taupo Maritime Radio Matea Transmit Site.
Taupo Maritime Radio SOLAS Transmit Site. SOLAS is "Safety of Life at Sea"
The site is remote controlled from the Maritime Operations Centre in Avalon, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.
Left to Right: Toilet, Diesel Generator Back Up Hut, Transmitter Hut with Six Barrett Transmitters, four for Voice, two for Digital Selective Calling (DSC) to ships at sea around the New Zealand Coast and the SW Pacific or the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region, which goes half way across to Australia and 2/3 the way to Chile, up to the Equator, and down to the South Pole.
Also one of two Andrews Spiracone Omnidirectional Dual Mode Antennas.
We can feed two transmitters simultaneously into each of the two Antennas and transmit on four different Voice frequencies at once.
The tiny dish on the tower is a microwave link to transmit the data down to Wellington via hill top microwave sites up and down the back bone of New Zealand. In this case you can just see the linking site on the hill that this dish is transmitting (and receiving) data to and from. All this is due to the magic of www.kordia.co.nz or the company that used to be owned by TVNZ that used the same NZ wide network to transmit television pictures up and down the length and breadth of NZ.
Or to put it simply these are our shortwave aerials for talking to ships out at sea when they run into trouble, i.e. Mayday calls being the most well known, broadcasting marine weather forecasts to shipping, coordinating rescues at sea, i.e perhaps talking to a large merchant vessel and organising them to rendezvous with a stricken yacht, providing medical advice to mariners, but also basic communications to yachts sailing to the Pacific Islands who call in on daily basis to give their position, usually in latitude and longitude, so that family members can keep track of them and know that they are safe.
A couple of years ago a 70 woman sailed around the whole world and once she was off Australia she started giving her position updates to us once every 24 to 48 hours and did so all through the Pacific and right up to 30 or 40 miles before completing her solo circumnavigation of the world when making landfall in Vancouver - true story!