Codan HF radio problem Type 8525

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 18:38
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Gooday and thanks for all replies. My Codan HF 8525 is turning itself on at the remote head, turn it off and a couple of seconds later back on it comes, have disconnected it from the power at this time. It has only just commenced to do this. Is there anyone out there who may know the cause of this problem. Once again thanks.

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Reply By: 08crd - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 20:28

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 20:28
I think I have an 8525 in the shed, if you get stuck, don't think I will be using it again.
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Follow Up By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:00

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:00
I made a similar offer a few years back with respect to a Spot GPS that I no longer use. Unfortunately the Gestapo moderated me for advertising or similar.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike and Lyn R2 - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:42

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:42
Thank you, inquiries I have already made off this forum via the internet suggest that anything wrong with head face is generally terminal, so was hoping that someone on this forum may confirm that, or it may be something simple to fix, but either way a spare would be good.


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Follow Up By: 08crd - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:55

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 21:55
I haven't even looked to see if it is a 8525, just going from memory.
Also don't give a rats if a moderator does whatever, it will save me rumaging through the shed. I'm having a hip replacement on Friday so this is the least of my
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:01

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:01
Yes I'm afraid it probably is terminal, surprised actually that it hasn't played up before this as they started failing well over ten years ago from memory.
The touchpads under the front panel break down and basically short out, not repairable, that being said though we did have one customer whose radio started doing exactly what yours is doing and he bypassed the on/off touchpad and installed a switch which solved the immediate problem but eventually the whole membrane goes and other touchpads start to play up as well. If you can find another head unit or another front panel for the actual transceiver you could try either which may solve the problem until they too start to fail.
If it is any consolation the 8525's were better than the later 8528's which failed too, but usually earlier in their lives.
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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:22

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:22
Hello 08crd

If you are agreeable (and once you figure out what you have in the shed) we can forward your email address to Mike and Lyn R2 on your behalf. They can then decide if they wish to contact you direct so as to sort out a possible exchange offline. Let us know.

Good luck with your hip replacement...I had one in the shed you could have had ..though not sure if it was left or right side :)

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:50

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 at 22:50
No problems mod squad. I've had both knees replaced, now having a hip done, don't think i will be going bush anymore.
We have bought a caravan and given the Southern Cross tourer tent to the kids.
Getting up from the floor of a tent, is really out of the question after joint replacements.
Getting old has knobs on it.
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Follow Up By: al - Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 12:38

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 12:38
HI : You sound like you are giving up to easy !!!

I go bush andfree camp most of the time usually four months of the

year all I ever use is a tent . I have van at home when better half

wants to come. I am 84 had both knees done twice both hips have

been done one hip done for the second time October last year.

MY advice don't give up the tent let kids but their own.


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 09:07

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 09:07
Hi Mike,

As already said, the membrane on the remote head is a weak point and so far as I know there's no easy workaround. It's worth checking the Codan outback radio forum on Yahoo for anything related to Codan HF radios. Might even find a working head - though I think you've already been offered one. Even a loan would be good, just to confirm your problem is in fact in the remote head. Worth watching ebay and maybe grabbing a working 8525 for parts if you get the chance too.

These are an old radio, but apart from the membrane switches seem rock solid and reliable. Hope ours holds up for a while yet!


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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 09:29

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 09:29
I had an 8525 for many years and it worked well for a long time. When it started doing intermittent things, not just the hand piece, I had it fixed a couple of times before giving it up and getting a new NGT.

I believe there is an after market microphone unit that works with a number of brands. Contact Doug Taylor at Lake Macquarie Communications as he is very knowledgeable and helpful.


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Reply By: Member - P and JM - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 19:38

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 19:38
Mike and Lyn R2

Why not contact Codan themselves ?

Codan Limited
81 Graves Street
Newton SA 5074

Phone: +61 (0)8 8305 0311
Fax: +61 (0)8 8305 0411

Cheers P&J
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