March 1946 Radio-Craft
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No matter how proud I was of my
family name, I do believe I would refrain from using "Kluge" as a company moniker.
Maybe the word did no connate the same meaning in 1946 when this advertisement for
the Kluge Electronics "California Kilowatt" Amateur Radio Station appeared in
Radio-Craft magazine. An extensive WWW search turned up no examples of
any surviving Kluge "California Kilowatt" Amateur Radio Stations. One
QRZ website discussion supposed that none were ever manufactured. Per Wikipedia:
"A kludge or kluge (klooj) is
a workaround or quick-and-dirty solution that is clumsy, inelegant, inefficient,
difficult to extend and hard to maintain." It has an interesting
etymology. I found
references to the term "California Kilowatt" meaning a transmitter putting out more
than the legal power limit.
Kilowatt is also nowadays the name of a Canadian rock band.
Kluge Electronics "California Kilowatt" Amateur Radio Station
Here it is!
The Kluge "California Kilowatt"
• Photographic view of the California Kilowatt in open position and ready
to transmit or receive.
Myron E. Kluge, President of Kluge Electronics, Inc., proudly presents to the
radio amateurs of the world a new sensation in radio history, The California Kilowatt
- a "one package" 1000 watt amateur radio station designed and engineered to bring
amateur radio out of the attic and the shack and into the living room.
About the size of an ordinary desk, the California Kilowatt is simply and beautifully
designed to fit into your den or living room as neatly and harmoniously as an additional
piece of furniture with no clutter or mess. It is completely self-contained with
nothing to be added.
Kluge Electronics, lnc., is the first to conceive, design and produce this remarkable
contribution to modern radio. Among the special Kluge features designed into the
California Kilowatt are:
1. A California Kilowatt with an amazing new tube development - 5 band operation
with variable frequency control in each band - phone or CW at the throw of a switch
- 110 or 220 volt operation;
2. Provisions for your choice make of receiver;
3. Built-in speaker - (high fidelity remote speaker also available);
4. Built-in frequency monitor - all band crystal controlled;
5. Built-in world time clock;
6.Illuminated world map with cork backing;
7. Price - the complete California Kilowatt Station
costs far less than you would expect to pay for a transmitter alone.
Premiere showings of the Kluge California Kilowatt will be held in key cities
soon throughout the nation by America's leading wholesale distributors. For additional
information about the California Kilowatt write to Kluge Electronics, Inc., Dept.E1,
1031 N. Alvarado Street, Los Angeles 26, Calif.
A few territories are still available to qualified distributors. Write or wire
Kluge Electronics, Inc.
Posted August 17, 2021