The Radio Corporation of New Zealand SG2 was manufactured for Columbus Radio Centre Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1946.

SG2 Standard Signal Generator, manunfactured for servicing Radio Corp sets and most likely found in Columbus Radio Centre service departments.  Note the photographed model has had its modulation AF choke removed (Z56 - probably failed in service) and an ECC33 fitted to replace the 6SN7.

RF or AF output, RF able to be modulated to provide tone for IF peaking and dial tracking adjustment.


A: 100-250kc/s
B: 250-500kc/s
C: 500-1600kc/s
D: 1600-3000kc/s
E: 3-11Mc/s
F: 11-34Mc/s

Technical Information

Frequency Bands: 6

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

Schematic has at least one error, showing 6A8 plate and screen joined, which they are not in the one examined example.

RCNZ SG2 Standard Signal Generator schematic

General Construction Notes for Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd:

The first digit of the serial number typically indicates the year of manufacture of RCNZ chassis' (although not the decade - that requires a little knowledge of the valves, construction, etc). Sets from around 1934 onwards were often (but not always) constructed in a distinctive pressed 'baking pan' style chassis, seemingly unique to RCNZ.

Model codes beginning with a 0, for example the model 051, are Osram valve versions of the model without the leading 0. Technically the 0 should be an O (for Osram), however the digit 0 was used throughout the site before this fact was discovered.

The E suffix indicates a magic eye option is fitted (in models which were available with or without, such as the model 25).

A and B suffixes appear to be simply updates to the current model, R also appears to be simply an updated model ('R'edesign, perhaps?)

P indicates either a permanent magnet speaker version of a model which also came with an electromagnet speaker (the model 26 for example), or a portable model (like the model 694P).

N and M indicated miniature valve versions of a model which started with all (or a mix, ie: model 5) of larger valves. One of these two codes may indicate a transitional mixture of octal and miniature - clarification is required.

S often indicates a stereo model.  It can also indicate 'self-biased' in the transition period between back-biased and self biased sets where there were models with both methods employed (53S for example)

Finally, other suffixes and prefixes make occasional appearances in the RCNZ lineup - like the 66W (a variant of the long-running model 66) and the 75XA (a 10-valve version of the model 75 with a separate amplifier chassis).