PACIFIC LEICESTER

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

The Pacific Leicester is one of three console models from a series of 7 different designs offered in 1935.

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 as a 5-, 6-, and 7-valve options (and some versions of battery sets as well). The most common was the 6-valve chassis built by RCNZ, in a near-standard 'baking pan' design, with dark metallic gold paint rather than the usual cadmium plating. Also notable square 'tabs' on the corners of the chassis rather than the usual rounded corners. First Pacific model with 'aero' dial. Almost identical to Courtenay 108 circuitry (The only noted difference being the Courtenay uses 2.5V valves).
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.

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.

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