Radiola (Egg Crate) 86

Radiola 86; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 718821) Radio
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Radiola 86; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 718821) Radio
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Country:  Australia
Manufacturer / Brand:  Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. (AWA); Sydney
Year: 1939 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 4: 1C7G 1D5G 1K7G 1L5G
Main principle Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); ZF/IF 455 kHz; 2 AF stage(s)
Tuned circuits 6 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage Storage and/or dry batteries / 135 & 2 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power out 0.35 W (unknown quality)
from Model: Radiola 86 - Amalgamated Wireless
Material Bakelite case
Shape Tablemodel, Mantel/Midget/Compact up to 14" width, but not a Portable (See power data. Sometimes with handle but for mains only).
Dimensions (WHD) 328 x 225 x 195 mm / 12.9 x 8.9 x 7.7 inch

From 1939 till 1941, AWA produced a range of Radiola radios with a simple, low decoration, Bakelite cabinet. One Radiolette version, Model 509M was also produced post WW2 in 1946.

This series of radios which were produced in a range of colours from 1939 till 1940 and brown from 1941 till 1946 have become known to collectors as the “Egg crate” models after the distinctive square holes in the speaker grill.

Readily available Colours were Ivory, Black, Walnut and Green.

Rare colours of Blue and Pink as shown in “Radio Days” by P Sheridan and R Singer, page 97, are known to exist and were possibly only manufactured in limited numbers for special Dealer/show promotions.

Radiola Models 84, 84X, 84Y, 86,  86X86Z92, 92X, 92Y and Radiolette 509M.

The Model 86, 4 valves, battery operated with 2 Volt filaments, superheterodyne, released in November 1939.


  • 3 position battery and tone switch.
  • Ivory Pearloid dial scale with a red dial pointer
  • Chassis also used in AWA Models 197, 198 & 502
  • Chassis also used in AGE A46MB and Westinghouse 860..


Available in Black, Walnut, Ivory and Green.

​The last two colours cost a guinea, (1/1/-) extra.

Price in first year of sale 20.00 Aus£
Circuit diagram reference Australian Official Radio Service Manual Vol. IV
Mentioned in Mingay's "Radio Diagram & I.F. Index
Literature/Schematics (1) Radio & Electrical Retailer, Australia (30/11/1939)
Literature/Schematics (2) - - Manufacturers Literature (The Fisk Radiola Technical Information & Service Data, Models 86, 197, 198 & 502)
Literature/Schematics (3) AWA Radiolette Book 1932-1949 (Edition 4, 2018,Pages 179, 207 & 209.)

Model page created by Stuart Irwin. See "Data change" for further contributors.

All listed radios etc. from Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. (AWA); Sydney
Here you find 1270 models, 582 with images and 388 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.