The installation of radio equipment created a huge demand for proficient operators. Coast stations and coastal shipping all required their skills.  Several Room 19 graduates went on to operate on the coast stations.

    School Board begins a wireless course in the fall of 1921 in King Edward High School.  Whether it was successful or not is unknown.  What is known is that in 1926 Walter Lambert (see elsewhere on this site) was the head instructor.  Room 19 was the location, and that name stuck with the graduates even though the course moved to a different building. This course turned out radio operators holding Department of Transport Certificates of Proficiency in Radio (Second Class). The course included Morse code, equipment operation and repair.

    Many joined the armed forces in WW2 and several perished. 

   After a period of on-the-job experience, the holder of the Second Class ticket could write the exam for the First Class Certificate.

   Vince Ramcharran and Hugh Martin were two graduates, some 30 years apart.
Brian Dickinson (student in Room 19 1958-60) supplies the following details:

   "I found a letter from John E. Duke, dated December 1963. He said, "After 37 years in the old King Edward High School, now known as the King Edward Continuation Centre, the Radio Electronics Centre (Room 19) has moved to new and better facilities. The school is now located in Rooms 406 - 412 on the 4th floor of the new High-Rise Building of the Vancouver Vocational Institute, and renamed the Radio Telecommunication Centre (still Room 19)."
    "On March 24, 1972 there was a John Duke and Rod Hodgson (both instructors) student evening at VVI. This may have been when Room 19 closed for good as in the May 3, 1972 edition of the Province newspaper there is an article entitled "Museum gets old (Room 19) wireless gear."

   There were commercial schools providing radio training parallel to Room 19.  Room 19 had a strong marine radio operator emphasis, with the graduates qualified to operate either a shore or a ship station.  These commercial schools had a wider syllabus including commercial broadcasting subjects, such as can be seen in the advertisements on this page.

   A signed 1967 Christmas Card from the staff.     (Ramcharran album)
Looks like a sampling of marine radiophone and Morse transmitters. Grads would need exposure to various makes of equipment as they never knew what gear would be in a vessel's radio office.
A set of marine radio direction finders. The loops would have been fitted at the top of the mast (best place) but more likely on top of the wheel house.  There were errors associated with the loops.  For instance if they were not mounted exactly pointing fore and aft, there would be a permanent error of a few degrees.  Another being the ship's metal making the port/starboard loop more sensitive thus creating a 'quadrantal error".  These errors could be measured and a correction card provided to the navigator.
Typical equipment schematics on the wall. Students were expected to know the nuts and bolts of how their equipment worked.

King George V on the wall. He died in 1936.
The beginnings of 'Room 19'.  Walter Lambert, the first instructor in 1926, is the mustached gentleman way at the back. About the only things in common over the intervening years are the tables. The diagrams on the walls, and the equipment have all been changed out to reflect the progress in the technology.

Bowerman photo.

Early Room 19 class in full swing. Head instructor Walter Lambert is the tall fellow at the front. Bowerman photo