February 1931 QST
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The Klondike / Yukon Gold Rush is generally
credited with opening up the Alaskan territory to exploration and habitation. Gold
was first reported in August of 1896, just three decades prior to this advertisement
in a 1931 issue of QST magazine
by the De Forest Radio Company extolling its domination of the region with
radio communications stations. Company founder Lee De Forest was very successful
in exploiting the virtues of his famous Audion amplifier tube. A back-handed swipe
is taken at Government installations that used "whatever tubes the Government has."
De Forest Radio Company Advertisement
Stations and Ships in Alaska Using Northern
De Forest in Alaska
In the frozen North where the Aurora Borealis dances over the horizon, the safety,
the comfort, and even the lives of men in far-flung stations and ships depend on
reliable radio communication. The Northern Electric Company, which has equipped
the Alaskan stations shown on the above map, has this to say of De Forest:
"Referring to the stations shown on the map on the inside cover of the catalog,
approximately twenty-four of these stations were using De Forest transmitting tubes
last season, and this year we are changing over all stations to use De Forest transmitting
audions with the following exceptions: Nome, Dillingham, Anchorage and Ketchikan.
These stations are Government stations and naturally use whatever tubes the Government
"We are looking forward to a successful season and are very pleased to say that
the service from your transmitting audions as well as the service rendered by the
factory itself has been very excellent. We anticipate a much greater volume of business
for the coming year than we have enjoyed in any of the previous years, and we assure
you that De Forest audions will be standard equipment on any apparatus we manufacture.
After All, There's Nothing Like 25 Years' Experience
Write for catalog on De Forest transmitting tubes for every conceivable purpose.
Also do not hesitate to place special transmitting and receiving problems before
our Engineering Department.
De Forest Radio Company
Passaic, New Jersey
304 E. 45th Street,
New York City, N. Y., U. S. A.
Posted March 24, 2020
(updated from original post on 7/12/2016)