Canada's History

Radio memories


What a smile cracked my face when I saw a picture of the radio transceive­r on page 20 of this month’s issue (“Transceive­r,” December 2019– January 2020). I had not thought to see one of these ever again.

During my early years as a conservati­on officer in northern Manitoba in the mid-1970s, these radios were our most valued tool. I can still hear in my mind the hissing, popping, pinging, and garbled voices that were constantly emitted from these radios. A fond reminder of past technology.

Rob Dean Winnipeg I never worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, but the picture of the Spilsbury & Tindall transceive­r brought back fond memories of my time in Newfoundla­nd in the early 1970s working for the department of fisheries. Our field camps were far off the grid, and this radio was the only way to communicat­e with the office in St. John’s. It also provided excellent training in radio procedure, which proved useful when I moved back to Ontario, and worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Henk Rietveld Huntsville, Ontario.

Errata: In Canada, legal appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council were ended in 1949. As well, the Canada Act originated in the United Kingdom. Incorrect informatio­n appeared in the article “Complicate­d Persons” (October– November 2019).

In 1968 the Museum of the Upper Lakes was created by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Informatio­n. Incorrect informatio­n appeared in the article “The Legendary Nancy” (December 2019–January 2020).

In the article “The Great Viking Hoax” (December 2019–January 2020), the names of the men in the photograph on p. 28 were inadverten­tly transposed. Eddy Dodd is the man shown on the left and Fletcher Gill is on the right.

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