Codan 8528

Submitted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:28
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Any feed back would be welcome on a - second hand - Hf Codan 8528 + plus a 9350c Antenna come on you experts are they still any good, Give me some feed back.
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Reply By: signman - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:37

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:37
What sort of money are they asking for it??? Is it a remote head or a 'local'??
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:40

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:40
Remote Head $1890 near new antenna 11 years old
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Reply By: Frank_Troopy - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:45

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:45
Hi,
I've had a Codan 8528S on my yacht for 15 years. It's the marine version of the 8528. I bought one for my previous yacht and was so impressed with it that when I upgraded my yacht I immediately replaced the HF radio with an 8528S.

Both radios and tuners never missed a beat; not one problem. They've been bashed about at sea and always got out with a strong signal. I can't praise the radio or the tuner highly enough.

Cheers Frank.
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Reply By: signman - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:48

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:48
That could be a bit rich!! I understand the C series antennas are less likely to have problems (Footloose wil confirm). They are a good radio and very versatile. Service & parts getting a tad scarce. If it's in good nick I think $1200-$1500 would be closer to the money.
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:54

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:54
I think that too but wont budge on price <Has just been serviced and antenna checked, But is in good nic.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:25

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:25
Guys, yes you're right as usual. It's a bit exe, customer of mine has just bought a 9323 and 9350 for around $1650 on Ebay.
The main thing is to try and get a bargain, or buy from someone you can trust for backup if you have problems.
Be aware that if there are problems with the 8528 front plate ie the buttons and display etc, replacement parts are NOT availiable.
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:32

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:32
Thanks footloose, thats exactly what I was concerned about the front panel buttons, He is a dealer {good name) but I think that I would be better to spend another $1100 or so on a new set.Can get a New Barrett 2050 for 3G.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:43

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:43
The 2050 is a nice bit of kit, I have been evaluating one for a customer.
Worth noting that its a different design philosophy to the Codan NGT.
Horses for courses.
Both are excellent state of the art tranceivers that perform very well indeed.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:46

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:46
Forgot to mention, if you intend using either set for amateur use also, make sure that whatever you buy is suitable.
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:51

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 12:51
The Cheese an kisses would n??t me if I went that expensive NGT $3600+ a little out of my reach,I think I could talk her around 3g,s but will keep lookin at 2,hand at the moment.You said to buy the best that you afford but you gotta stop somewhere.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:00

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:00
Oh I totally agree. There are often some good deals on new packages at 4wd shows. The beauty of a new one of course is that they come with a guarentee. If you buy s/h you're usually on your pat malone when it comes to problems.
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:58

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 11:58
I had one for 10 years in two vehicles, not an ounce of trouble, done some hard k's during that time, and apart from the PVC sheeth off the top of the antenna worn away.

The last trip down the CSR never had a day out of contact.

Sold it when I last changed vehicles (dumb move) for $1800. That was 6 years ago
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:02

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:02
Tony, what did you change from and to ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:04

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:04
I had the 8528, I have not replaced it as yet but still looking.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:06

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:06
Tony, I was talking vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:09

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:09
Oh, prior to the GU was a HJ47 Troopie, before that the wife had the Codan in a Jackaroo.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:13

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:13
So you still have feelings for your Troopie ? :) That's understandable.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:20

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:20
Yep a great vehicle, we did around the block trip for 12 months and apart from one rear shock plate it never put a foot wrong. Twin Diff locks, dual tanks, power steer, 5 speed, top unit. Had 300k on it when I sold it and left soon after on a 6 month trip.

Some of the trips: Cape 5 times.
CSR.
High Country 3 times a year for 10 years.

And of cause all the short trips in between.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:21

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:21
And how do you find the GU ?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:27

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:27
Does a good job but I miss the load carry of the Troopie.

Engine wise the 4.2 with Turbo and I/C pull the camper with ease, the LSD I reckon is as good as a rear diff lock when driving up rutted tracks like in the Vic Alps.

The wife likes it and thats the only reason we changed for a bit less engine noise, and a bit better ride on the highway. In the bush there is not much in it.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:33

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:33
Interesting. Thanks for that mate. You really should look at getting a 9323/9350 when you can. But not for amateur, the 8528 worked better there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:40

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 13:40
Not sure which way to go, whether it be a Codan or Barret, the wife wants one before we go to the west next year as I will be spending a month or two one my own looking for some yellow stuff.

Are you in FNQ? we will be up there between August and the beginnig of Sept.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:02

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:02
Tony, ahh yes the feelthy yellow stuff. Not a lot just lying around I'm told but it seems to be interesting trying to find some.
No not FNQ, I'm on the Gold Coast
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:21

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:21
Gold Coast aye, be at Kingscliffe the beginning of June for a few days then to Bribbie Is for three days, booked a sight up the beach. Be with two others with Off Road Vans.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:23

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:23
Tony, do you have radios at all ?
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Follow Up By: signman - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:43

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:43
Hey Tony
Where did the troopie finish up?? Was is a beige colour?? Ex-Army??
Could have been one I was checkin out the other day. A Pommie couple off for 6 months.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:45

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:45
Only UHF, one of the other vehicles has the old lunch box codan. CDMA for those in service areas.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:47

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 14:47
No signman the mustard colour, or as it was once called "the curried egg" after a rest on King Hut track.
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:14

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:14
I use an 8525 old model and out of date , swapped a Garmin GPS II for it about 16 months ago the plugged antenna has only one useful plug for Ch 2 VKS and then it is 40kc out but it has served me well hen it expires i will just dump it and get a used Barret
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Follow Up By: djpatrol - Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:32

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 16:32
Good Luck Doug, as I have just about exhausted all avenues of a reasonable second hand unit.
I have seen some garbage an a couple of over priced ones,

So now I have been looking into a new Barrett 2050 comin in at around 3g will hav to hav a good think as its a lot of Cabbage sittin on my dash, but I wont buy one s/h that someone wants more than it cost when new.

So it,s lookin like new with warranty is the way to go.

dj
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 00:02

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 00:02
djpatrol, hope you find a good one as I did here on the trader 20months ago, It was 3 months old Barrett with the traveler pack for $2200 ($3500 new).
Check out the www.vks737.on.net web site for 2nd hand ones.

Glad to see your still thinking of buying a HF & not put off by the previous post.

Hope to talk to you on Skeds when you get 1.

Good to see your smart enough not to travel remotely without comms as some Temp Ozzie's do.
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Reply By: wheeleybin - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 16:33

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 16:33
The biggest problem with the 8528 Codan was that is was too good and according to Chris at Codan itself it has hindered the sales of later models like the 9323 and the NGT and I think they are glad it is now finally getting to be old hat.
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