the BC Public Service net last night, Roly, VA7RA advised
that Ed Calderwood, VE7BQM had passed away earlier this
week. Ed started our club back in 1990 and was
responsible for securing the space we currently have at
Riverview in 1992. Ed ran the club until about 2003 when he
decided it was time to step back and hand things over to
Wayne ,VE7ZNU. It was at that time that the name of the club
was also changed, dropping the word Senior from our original
name which was Coquitlam Senior Amateur Radio
Emergency Service Society to reflect the importance of
connecting with those of all age groups. For those not
aware, SCC originally stood for Senior Citizens Club,
reflecting Ed's idea of founding a club to provide radios
and a place to learn for those who were retired/retiring and
those who may not have a station at home. I have
attached the silent key announcement from last
night, transmitted from the club station and recorded
off-air from VE7AV's SDR in Prince George.
My story about Ed:
started coming to the club in the summer of 1996. I'll
never forget my first trip after seeing a presentation about
ham radio that Ed was giving at Coquitlam Center Mall.
I rode my bike down to Riverview the next Sunday to find the
club and figure out how I could learn more about radio and
getting a license... When I arrived, Ed was in the
middle of running the RNARS HF Navy Net on 20m and there was
no interrupting that - so I sat there, next to FT-1000D with
Ed at the helm and listened to stations from across the
Canada and into England coming through the speaker, needless
to say it was a mind blowing experience. A
few hours passed, the net closed down and Ed got up to show
me around the club and what he was working on. In the
old workshop area (now our radio room) he pointed to 10
shoeboxes full of resistors he needed sorting and said
"no better way to learn the color code". He
wrote up the code on a piece of paper (colorful mnemonics
included) and told me to call him if I had any questions.
I sat there going through what had to be thousands of
resistors until it was time to ride home for dinner.
Ed stayed back to check-in to the BC Public service net on
80m a few hours later, something he made sure to do every
time he was at the station. On-air advertisement was
the primary way of soliciting interest and building
membership back then.
went on to spend the next 6 years of Wednesday/Thursday
nights & Sundays hanging out with Ed learning all about
the way things used to be, the Navy and everything wrong
with the world... To say that Ed was an uncompromising mentor
would be an understatement. I owe much of my career to
the thousands of hours I spent with Ed as a teenager.
Coming out of school I had a solid 10 years of hands-on
practical experience nobody else did.