COLUMBUS 402Z 'PORTABLE' (CIRCA 1948)

The Columbus 402Z was manufactured for Columbus Radio Centre Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in about 1948.
This model is part of the Columbus Portables series of radios.

Same as the model 402, only with miniature valves.  5-valve + selenium rectifier.  Internal loop aerial. 

Note: The model 402A is probably more similar to this model than the base model 402.

1948 Columbus 402Z

The Columbus 402Z is part of the Columbus Portables series of radios.

This series contains all the known Columbus portable radios - including a few transistor portables from the final few years of the brand.

The radios in this series are:
1941 Columbus model 201 Portable
1947 Columbus model 301 Portable
1947 Columbus model 402 Portable
circa 1948 Columbus 402Z Portable
circa 1948 Columbus 402X
1952 Columbus model 502 Portable
1955 Columbus model 653 Portable
1959 Columbus PZ117 Transistor Seven
1959 Columbus 694P Transistor 6

Valves (6 (or 5)):
1N5, 1A7, 1N5, 1H5, 1A5, 1A5
1N5, 1A7, 1N5, 1H5, 3Q5 (s/n 84401 onwards)
1T4, 1R5, 1T4, 1S5, 3S4 (model 402A)
1T4, 1R5, 1T4, 1S5, 3V4 (model 402Z)

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

At least three variations on the base schematic - from serial number 84401 the original twin-parallel 1A5's are replaced with a 3Q5.  And the 402Z appears to be an almost complete redesign around miniature valves.

 

1948 Columbus model 402 Schematic

1947 Columbus model 402A Schematic

1948 Columbus model 402Z Schematic

1947 Columbus model 402A

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.

All documented models using this chassis (3 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1947Columbus model 402
1948Columbus 402Z - this set
1948Columbus 402X