PACIFIC ELITE

Manufactured for Pacific Radio Co. by Radio Corporation of New Zealand Ltd in 1935.

Pacific Radio Ltd produced this stunning art deco dual-wave console valve radio in 1935.

Pacific released 7 different models in this year, with at least 3 different AC-mains receivers (5, 6 and 7-valve) but the Elite has only been sighted with a 6-valve dual-wave (AM broacast-band and shortwave) chassis.

Valves 6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80 - 5-valve Broadcast
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6B7, 42, 80 - 6-valve dual wave
6D6, 6A7, 6D6, 6D6, 75, 42, 80 - 7-valve dual wave with RF sub-chassis

Intermediate Frequency: 256kc/s (possibly 465kc/s in 7-valve?)

Chassis Notes:

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.

Electrically, almost identical to Courtenay 108 circuitry (The only noted difference being the Courtenay uses 2.5V valves).  There is some reference to the Pacific sets using the 2.5V valves, although at this time no sets have been sighted to verify this - they all seem to have 6.3V valves fitted.
Pacific 6-valve Dual-Wave Schematic

 

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.

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 (8 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1935Pacific Elite - this set
1935Pacific Raleigh
1935Pacific Nottingham
1935Pacific Carmen
1935Pacific Drake
1935Pacific Burleigh
1935Pacific Leicester
1935Pacific 6 Valve Dual Wave