Please pass on this inforamtion concerning "Palomar" amplifiers - educational for all concerned.
eBay has been flooded with "new" Palomar amplifiers.
Palomar has been out of business for 25 years - so older amplifiers (transistors used will reveal true age) are genuine - but NEw, not possible.
No address has ever been provided by the maker of these "new" amplifiers (likely a foreign import using the Palomar trademark name).
Palomar is a REGSITERED TRADEMARK of Palomar Engineers, Inc. It is the Spanish word for “dove cote”. (La Paloma = The Dove). The mourning dove is a common bird in Southern California. A major feature of San Diego county is 6000 ft. Palomar Mountain.
Local California Institutions using the name (and permitted - under law):
Palomar Observatory. On Palomar Mountain, with the 200 inch Hale telescope. Managed by California Institute of Technology.
Palomar Hospital. Escondido’s medical center.
Palomar College. A community college in San Marcos, Calif.
Palomar Airport. Airport code CLD. Carlsbad, California
Businesses legally using the Palomar name include:
Palomar Engineers, Inc. At this Web site.http://www.palomar-engineers.com/Palomar/palomar.html
Palomar Software, Inc. A Macintosh software developer in Oceanside, California.
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. A medical equipment company in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Palomar Products,Inc. A manufacturer of audio, video, and data distribution systems in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Palomar Technologies, Inc. A manufacturer of automated assembly equipment in Vista, California.
Palomar Display Products, Inc. A manufacturer of commercial and military displays in Carlsbad, California
Extinct businesses (OUT OF BUSINESS) that formerly used the Palomar name:
Palomar Electronics Corp. A manufacturer of CB linear amplifiers in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
WENT OUT OF BUSINESS ABOUT 1980. No trasnfer of name or assets recorded. This business had NO conection whatever to Palomar Engineers, Inc. (trademark owner)
Palomar Telecom. A manufacturer of repeater controllers in the 1980’s. Went out of business about 1990.