S.P.A.R.C. Museum

Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the society for the year ended 2017, will take place Sunday February 4th 2018 at 1:00pm. It will be held in the museum ( the Distribution Warehouse ) located on the Riverview grounds, Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam BC. Current members will have received notice by email or post. Attendees wishing to… Read the full article

Christmas luncheon 2017

Sunday December 10th, the museum held its annual Christmas lunch for members. Last years event was canceled when Mother Nature was uncooperative with the weather conditions.  Approximately 30 members attended this year. Much chatter and conviviality was had by all. A big thank you to Santa’s helpers for setting up and cleaning up as well… Read the full article

ComFest October 1, 2017

SPARC was at the October 1st swap meet sponsored by the Delta Amateur Radio Society. Held in the South Delta Recreation Centre, 1720 – 56th Street, Tsawwassen. Doors were opened at 10am with the event wrapping up by 1pm. Thanks to Pat, Brian and Dave for working the event. Look for us again next year…. Read the full article

Red Robinson

Red Robinson was one of the first Disc Jockey’s to play rock ‘n’ roll music on Canadian radio while still in high school back in 1954. Author, Robin Brunet, has published a biography “Red Robinson – The Last DJ” which details the life and career of a media personality who is a household name in… Read the full article

Canada Day 2017

Coquitlam Celebrated Canada Day and SPARC was there. The grounds of Town Centre Park were bursting with people enjoying the fine weather and celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017 … Our display was busy all day, with young and old discovering the history of early radio in Canada. Barb Boman, Tom Brent, John… Read the full article

Riverdale TV series to air

The first episode of the new television series “Riverdale” will air Thursday, January 26 at 9pm on the CW network. The SPARC Radio Museum provided many of the props (televisions and microphones) for this locally filmed series. Riverdale is a subversive re-imagining of the old Archie comics. It’s a whole different kind of take says… Read the full article

Patterson restoration wins second place

Kudos to the team of Pat Jones, Craig Marston and Gerry O’Hara for the restoration of a Patterson Model 308, which was awarded second place in the 2015 International Radio Restoration Contest. This annual event is sponsored by the Quebec Society for Vintage Radio Collectors. A contest dedicated to the restoration of old radios and… Read the full article

The Philco Wreck

An interesting acquisition at the museum (Really! It is an acquisition!) is a Philco Model 20. Our restoration volunteers are truly gifted, but there are limits. We loved this example of the ravages of a leaky barn so much, that the decision was made to make it a display item as is. The photo here… Read the full article

Record Cleaner Added to the Collections

A friend of the Museum came across this curio, and thought it should have a place at SPARC. It is an old record cleaner, carrying the “Nipper” logo. Notice that the company name is The Gramophone Company — it does not say RCA Victor, or even Victor. It is much older than we first thought,… Read the full article

Guides on the Air – February 21st

On February 21st, several Lower Mainland troops of Girl Guides will be visiting the Coquitlam Amateur Radio Club facilities, where they will be communicating with other guide troops around the world for an annual event-   This event is always held as close to February 22, as possible. After the radio contacts, the girls will be… Read the full article