The Pacific model 106 was manufactured for Pacific Radio Company Ltd by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1934.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

1934 Pacific 6-valve set.

The model 106 came in various cabinet styles. This was likely a later version as this 'Drake' cabinet featured prominently in the 1935 lineup with the new aero-dial chassis (the model 108 6-valve dual-wave).

Note the same chassis was used in the Courtenay model 106

Technical Information

Valves (6): 58, 2A7, 58, 2B7, 2A5, 80

Intermediate Frequency: 175kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

Used in Courtenay (106), Pacific (6-valve A.V.C.) and CQ (model 62) models in 1933/34.

6-valve superhet with AVC. This model 106 should not be confused with an earlier (1931) 6-valve TRF console produced by RCNZ - also called the model 106.

1933 Courtenay  model 106 'Cathedral'

1933 Courtenay  model 106 'Cathedral'

Courtenay model 106 'Cathedral'

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.

Other documented models using this chassis (5 in total)

1933 Pacific model 106
1933 Courtenay model 106 'Cathedral'
1933 CQ model 62
1934 Stella model 6A