Radiola (Egg Crate) 86X

Country:  Australia
Manufacturer / Brand:  Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. (AWA); Sydney
Year: 1941 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 Batteries / addl. power jack / 2 x 45 & 1.5 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil)
Power out 0.35 W (undistorted)
from Model: Radiola 86X - 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, “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, 84Y86, 86X 86Z92, 92X, 92Y and Radiolette 509M.

For the Model 86X, 4 valve, battery with 1.4 Volt filaments, Superheterodyne released in April 1941.


  • Same as the Model 86 with1.4 Volt valves.
  • 3 position battery and tone switch.
  • Ivory Pearloid dial scale with a red dial pointer
  • Chassis also used in AGE C64MK.


Available in Walnut only.

Literature/Schematics (2) AWA Radiolette Book 1932-1949 (Edition 4, Jan 2018, Page 254.)

Model page created by Gary Cowans. See "Data change" for further contributors.

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