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Radiola (Egg Crate) 86Z

Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383436) Radio
Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383437) Radio
Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383438) Radio
Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383439) Radio
Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383440) Radio
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Radiola 86Z; Amalgamated Wireless (ID = 2383436) Radio
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Country:  Australia
Manufacturer / Brand:  Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. (AWA); Sydney
Year: 1940 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 4: 1A7GT 1P5GT 1H5GT 1Q5GT
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 Dry Batteries / 90 & 1.5 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power out 0.17 W (unknown quality)
from Model: Radiola 86Z - Amalgamated Wireless
Material Moulded (Bakelite or Plastics)
Shape Tablemodel, Mantel/Midget/Compact up to 14" width, but not a Portable (See power data. Sometimes with handle but for mains only).

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“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, 84Y8686X, 86Z,  92, 92X, 92Y and Radiolette 509M.

For the Model 86Z, 4 valve, battery with 1.4 Volt filaments, Superheterodyne released in July 1940.


  • Same as the Model 86 with 1.4 Volt valves.
  • 3 position battery and tone switch.
  • Ivory Pearloid dial scale with a red dial pointer
  • Chassis is used in AWA console version 502Z.
  • Chassis also used in AGE A64MK and Westinghouse 860Z..


Available in Black, Walnut, Ivory and Green.

Circuit diagram reference Australian Official Radio Service Manual Vol. IV
Literature/Schematics (1) Mingay's Radio Diagram & I.F. Index
Literature/Schematics (2) - - Manufacturers Literature (The Fisk Radiola Technical Information & Service Data, Models 86Z and 502Z)
Literature/Schematics (3) AWA Radiolette Book 1932-1949 (Edition 4, 2018 Pages 211 & 213)

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 1266 models, 580 with images and 388 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.