I read the June 18 story (“Hamming It Up”) with great interest because of my background with amateur radio.
I passed my exam in 1934 at the Marine Building in Vancouver and was assigned the call letters VE5LW (I was 16 at the time). It is my understanding that the VE5 designation is no longer used in B.C.
I have been inactive since about 1949. In those days (1930s) there were only two manufacturers of receivers for amateur use (Hammerlund and one other) and they were too expensive. There were no amateur transmitter manufacturers. We built our own. There were lots of suppliers of parts.