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.
Early Room 19 class in full swing. Head instructor Walter Lambert is the tall fellow at the front. Bowerman photo
The instructor's names, clockwise from the left, as remembered by Gerry Peters, from a photo supplied by Ted Severud.
Colin Casey, John Duke, Ron Hodgeson, and Tony Lawton.
Colin Casey Colin was English and spend WW2 as a rear gunner. He had a tiny Hillman station wagon.
(Des Davidge: My remembrances of Room 19 centers around an instructor called Casey. Casey had a little English car and we used to go out at noon and put blocks under the rear axles. Casey never did learn to look, and always had the same shocked expression on his face when he hit the gas pedal and got great noise but little action.
John Duke Head Instructor - Room 19 Graduate - Radio Operator on the RCMP Vessel St Roch. Don't know if he worked at any coast stations.
Ron Hodgeson Room 19 graduate - Radio Operator. Ferry command during WW2. Don't know if he worked at any coast stations. (Ian Morrison remembered first name 11/09)
Tony Lawton Also believe he was a Room 19 Graduate and believe he served in merchant navy during war. Not sure if he served at any coast stations. In 2020 Lawton celebrated his 97th birthday.