The Courtenay model 17 was manufactured for Turnbull & Jones Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1946, it was in production for 4 years.
One of the few post-1937 era sets by Radio Corporation of New Zealand that was released only as a Courtenay model with no Columbus version made.

Technical Information

Valves (5): 6SA7 or 6K8, 6SJ7, 6Q7, 6K6, 6X5

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

There were two different versions using two different mixer / osc valves - they break down by serial numbers as follows:


6K8 R6519

65470 - 65600
F5601 - F5970
72951 - 73450

6SA7 R6535 77151 - 77650

This is a rare glimpse into factory serial numbers and the number of sets produced for a specific model - which is quite low when compared with the tens of thousands of a particular model made by companies like Philco in the U.S. of A... but not unduly out of proportion when taking into account our far smaller market.

Second release service info (first release with 6K8 mixer/osc will have slightly different circuitry surrounding it):



1946 Courtenay model 17 Schematic

1946 Courtenay model 17 Chassis

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).  This suffix was used in the mid 50's when Radio Corp was changing over.

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).

Model nicknames are often sourced from either newspaper advertising, company literature or the NZ Radio Traders Federation official trade-in price books (Particularly Courtenay models from this publication)

In 1954, model numbering changed, to begin with the number of valves (ie: 501 - 5 valves, 1006 - 10 valves, etc) although the final 2 digits don't appear to have much significance.  Middle digits of 5 (portable) or 6 (mantle, including clock radio) are used on the AWA-designed plastic-cased sets.