COURTENAY MODEL 26 (1948)

The Courtenay model 26 was manufactured for Turnbull & Jones Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1948, it was in production for 3 years.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

5-valve broadcast band radio.

This was the first model of 26, using octal valves.  It was updated with miniature valves as the model 26N. 

dual wave version is model 27 / 27N (octal / minature valve versions respectively)

Specific service info is not held, but the model 27 information below should be close (just ignore the dual-wave circuitry)

Technical Information

Valves (5): 6K8, 6K7, 6Q7, 6V6, 6X5GT

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 2

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

Original lab drawing for the model 27, 6 November 1947.  These lab schematics were distributed as photographs, presumably the quickest way at the time for them to mass copy information to allow Columbus Radio Centres and Turnbull & Jones service agents access to service info before the official documentation had been prepared and printed.

1949 Columbus model 27 lab schematic

Official schematic, 2 September 1948 - almost one year later.

RCNZ Model 27 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).

Other documented models using this chassis (3 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1948 Columbus model 27 'Exeter'
1948 Courtenay model 27 'Grenville'