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Zenith Radio Corp.;: 702 [Radio] ID = 37026 933x699
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For model 702, Zenith Radio Corp.; Chicago, IL:
Knobs are not original.
Country:  United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer / Brand:  Zenith Radio Corp.; Chicago, IL
alternative name
Chicago Radio Lab
Year: 1934 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 5: 6A7 6D6 75 43 25Z5
Main principle Superheterodyne (common); ZF/IF 456 kHz
Tuned circuits 6 AM circuit(s)
Wave bands Broadcast (MW) and Long Wave.
Power type and voltage AC/DC-set / 115 Volt
Loudspeaker Electro Magnetic Dynamic LS (moving-coil with field excitation coil)
Power out
from Model: 702 - Zenith Radio Corp.; Chicago,
Material Wooden case
Shape Tablemodel without push buttons, Mantel/Midget/Compact up to 14
Dimensions (WHD) 300 x 190 x 140 mm / 11.8 x 7.5 x 5.5 inch
External source of data E. Erb 3-907007-36-0
Circuit diagram reference Rider's Perpetual, Volume 5 = ca. 1934 and before

All listed radios etc. from Zenith Radio Corp.; Chicago, IL
Here you find 4275 models, 3894 with images and 3389 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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Zenith Radio Corp.;: 702
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zenith: new schema and service manual
Heribert Jung

I loaded an other schema and a service manual to the model.


M stands in old US shemas for Mille.  See Wikipedia:  Mille, the number one thousand, derived from Latin. Kilo is also thousand. So Bryan is right: M means kΩ. = 1 000 Ohm

In German schemas M stands for Meg. = 1 000 000

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Ion Carabas

Dear collegues,

 Sometimes, one of us need your help. I am following today.

I found in a deplorable situation a radio device Zenith 702 made in 1934 – in  USA.

I bought from USA a schematic of the electronical parts, wich approved to be identical with the schematic wich appears on Nostalgia .

In the drawing attached , the most resistances are marked with M character. Does somebody knows what this mark represents?

Under the chassis , fixed on the wall with caps, is a wire wound resistance , wich, unfortunately is destroyed. Does somebody knows the value of this resistance and the wats, also its position in the drawing?

I am asking Mr. BIRKNER to reply, because I saw that he has a Zenith 702.

 Thank you,

Best regards,

Ion Carabas  (e-mail address: ion.carabas[A*T] .


Bryan Spacek

If you could post a picture of the chassis and the part you need to ID, it would be a big help.
The point before the M has gone lost in the schematic ...

.M (with the point) would be correct for Kiloohms but better and more often used is k or K - and we see here why ...




Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

Please trace the connections of the resistor to other elements, e.g. tube pins. That should result in a clear allocation in the schematic and consequently the values.

I am currently not in the position to dismantle the set

Good luck,

Ernst Erb

It is always a big help if members load up photos of the wiring of an untouched set after dismantling. Explanations are then much easier.
Maybe you have not yet changed things and can do so?

Zenith 702 seems having schematic variants.
The official Zenith schematic differs from that we show and possibly also from the Rider's. In case of need I can scan and upload the Rider's schematic. Our SchematicFinder tells us that it is Rider's volume 5 page Zenith 4. I have all of them - but not necessarily the time to help in any case - just if it is necessary.

There are only a very few possibilities for this wire wound resistor (which can be within a small shielded case) but since we don't want to guesswork (cathode resistor of the 75 - if having only two wires), we better wait for the photos - which might help later for other guests or members.

Ion Carabas

Dear Mr.  Ernst,

I have to confess that I did not espect for help so soon from the collegues from Radiomuseum. I had the sensation that I am in a family, emotion wich gave me a spiritualy calm. I will prepare urgently photos.

Thank you,


Ion Carabas


Dear collegues,

Please find enclosed pictures of Zenith 702.

Thank you


Heribert Jung

Hello Ion,

please read my new  thread about the resistors. It makes sense to crop the pictures before reducing to 933 pixel. So you can show more details. Please loade your best pictures direct to the model page.



Bryan Spacek

  This AC/DC set originally had a resister cord to drop the line voltage to the proper level for the filament string. The old destroyed part on the side of your set is (was) a candohm resister, that was probably part of an earlier attempt to do away with the resister cord so that a modern type input cord could be used. 

It is pretty common to run into this with these older sets with resister cords. They can be quite dangerous (fire hazard) with the higher voltages we use today. They were built for 110 volts, but usually today you will get 120 volts and up to 130V. That's too much for those old cords, and they will over heat. 

 The large gold resister seems to be a replacement for the destroyed candohm resister. It appears to be between the on/off switch and the filament string. The purpose would be to drop line voltage in place of the resister cord.

  If you could check the line cord for it's resistance value, that should verify this theory. If it has little to no resistance, then we are on the right track. If it is 145 ohms, then the old resister cord is still in place, and we need to go another direction. 



Ion Carabas

Dear Heribert,

Please tell me where I shall search your material about resistors. In the nearest future I will crop the photos. Please be understable with me, because I manage hard with the computer, because I am 73 years old.


Thank you,

Ion Carabas

Heribert Jung

Dear Ion,

you find my info under the model.

Regards, Heribert

Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

The element in question contains two resistors of 75oo Ohm and 250 Ohm resp., and a capacitor of 0.05 µFas follows:

A - B = 7500 Ohm

B - C = 0.05 µF, in parallel a 10 kOhm resistor E

C - D = 250 Ohm (schematic says 200 Ohm).

Point D is chassis

Note: the cap is not directly connected with chassis ground, as suggested by the schematics!

Here is the configuration as found in my 702 (compare with the "official" schematic):

Good luck

Ion Carabas

Dear Kobi,

Now everything is clear. Thank you and I wish to you healthy.


Ion Carabas

Thank you for the schematics.

I observed that something is missing and that is  the value of the condenser marked with the green circle. 


Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014

Standard value is 50 pF for this part.

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Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014
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