Some further in-sights into the life of one time DX Champion – Frank Barnett

Frank as well as belonging to the “NZ DX Club” was also a member “NZ DX RA”.

This is his actual “NZ DX RA” badge which is now in the possession of his son Bruce.

 

After his station 4ZO was closed by the Government, he took up occupation with the “New Zealand Broadcasting Service. The top of the photos below, shows Frank operating the NZBS mobile recording unit’s cutting lathe in 1948. He was the main technician involved in touring in this ex army truck “mobile recording unit” around Otago and Southland to interview some of the remaining pioneers about their lives on the goldfields and such. Son Bruce remembers it being parked at their place in Alison Crescent, Dunedin on the odd occasion. The vehicle had jacks at each corner to level it to enable the cutting lathe to operate.

The bottom photo shows a team from 4ZB on a mission to take food up to the staff at the Highcliff transmitter site, during the big snow of 1939, when all the roads were impassable. This snow storm was a National weather event. Frank is on the left, however the others are unknown. Apparently the sled was borrowed from the Otago Museum.

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