BC Lower Mainland

About the BCLM Chapter

The BC Lower Mainland (BCLM) Chapter was organized in 2010 to meet the needs of members in and around the Greater Vancouver area. The Chapter defines its vision as working to provide opportunities for local vintage radio enthusiasts to meet, pass on information and knowledge, swap radios and test equipment, and to just indulge in the world of vintage radio for a couple of hours on a Sunday.

When, Where, What, and Why?

Members of the BCLM Chapter meet at 12:00 noon, on the third Sunday in January, March, May, September and November at the community centre in Charles Rummel Park, 3315-3665 Lozells Ave, Burnaby. TheĀ  meetings have an informal structure of networking, mini-fleamarket/auctions, workshops, repair clinics and informative presentations. Regular presenters include BCLM members: Elmer Rudolph, Gerry O'Hara, Phil Mijo and Robert Murray (yes, the author of 'The Early Development of Radio in Canada 1901 - 1930').

Typical Activities

In 2011, members of the BCLM enjoyed presentations and demonstrations of tube testers, speaker repair, grid dip oscillators and restoration of Crosley 'dashboard radios'. Bonuses included opportunities for members to acquire oscilloscopes and tube testers at give-away prices!

The 2012 season got off to a flying start with the usual buy-and-sell tables filled with sale items as well as 'freebies'; a presentation on the history of telegraphy and Morse code by Ralph Parker, complete with a demo of 'keys ranging from those used on the railway communication systems to 'straight' keys and various 'bugs,' and automated keyers.

As one attending member has put it, "You just never know what will turn-up at a BCLM meeting!!"

Contacts

BCLM Chapter membership and meetings are coordinated by Ken Patenaud (Tel: 604-856-0253). Contact Ken for information on joining the BCLM Chapter, to arrange for a Show-and-Tell, to submit suggestions for future meeting topics, or for any other details about BCLM activities.