Other radios based on the same chassis:
In late 1934 the new 1935 range was released by Pacific Radio Co. It consisted of several chassis models which were all quite similar to their Courtenay counterparts although, unlike the Courtenay, Pacific displayed no model code on the chassis making them difficult to identify. Generally, they used a label on the inside of the cabinet describing the chassis - the most common being the 6 Valve Dual Wave (although one incorrectly printed label also refers to it as the 6 Wave Valve Dual).
|The 1935 range can be identified by the dial, the first aero (round) dial in the Pacific lineup - previous models having either used a peephole or arc dial. The 1935 dial is monochromatic - black on yellow celluloid with a plain escutcheon common to the Courtenay models as well. It can be differentiated from the following (1936) year dial which was similar, but it used red for the planet and had a custom Pacific-branded escutcheon.|
There were a range of cabinet styles for the 1935 year (some, like the Raleigh were carried over from the previous year), and the models for 1935 are catalogued under those names:
It should be noted that these cabinet styles were used for all chassis types in 1935, so refer to the label or the actual chassis to determine what service info to use.
Valves (5, 6 or 7):
6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80
6-valve dual wave
58, 2A7, 58, 2B7, 2A5, 80 (2.5V series)
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80 (6.3V series)
7-valve dual wave with RF sub-chassis
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6D6, 75, 42, 80
Intermediate Frequency: 256kc/s (possibly 465kc/s in 7-valve?)
Frequency Bands: 2
Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)
The 1934/35 range of Pacific radios were available in 5-, 6-, and 7-valve options (and some versions of battery sets as well). The 5-valve was broadcast-band only, while the 6 and 7 valve models were dual-wave. All were built by Radio Corporation of New Zealand in Wellington.
The most common was the 6-valve dual-wave chassis, in a near-standard 'baking pan' design, with dark metallic gold paint rather than the usual cadmium plating (this was the last year that this chassis colour was used). Also notable were the square 'tabs' on the corners of the chassis rather than the usual rounded corners found from the following year. The 5-valve option was probably similar / the same as the model 15, and the 7-valve is similar to one or other version of the model 11 7-valve chassis.
These were the first mainstream Pacific models with an aero (round) dial. On early versions this dial assembly is square behind a round escutcheon and has a flat clear plastic lens attached to the assembly. Later models use a simpler round assembly with just the dial riveted to a round ring, and the clear lens (which is slightly domed) is fitted into the escutcheon.
Electrically they are identical to the Courtenay 108 circuitry. The Courtenay uses 2.5V valves in all sighted models while the Pacific sets uses 2.5V valves only in the earliest examples, with most appearing to be fitted with 6.3V equivalent valves.
A common fault (aside from the usual things like capacitors) in this chassis seems to be the 55 ohm resistor (wirewound on a flat former and soldered to the speaker socket) going open circuit. Here you can see the simple fix for this, although it would pay to ensure the original resistor is not intermittent, as this could halve the resistance (and mess up the biasing of the set) if it cuts back in - cutting the wire on the former at one end and pulling it away from the rivet would ensure this doesn't occur.
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.