Codan Radio

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 00:23
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I have the opportunity to purchase a second hand codan 8528 with a 9350 auto tune antenna for around $1900 all in good condition, is the price about right? or is there a better radio and aerial on the market that I should be looking at. I dont mind paying more for a better unit......thanks Mike
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Reply By: Mixo - Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 10:25

Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 10:25
I recently bought a Barrett 950 system 3 years old (but current design) for $1500.
I viewed that as a very good price (might have a gone up to $1800).
If the Codan: has remote head, can make sel and beacon calls, will do Radphone connects and has the 99 user programmable channels that the specs suggest AND someone who knows HF says it is all working fine, it has to be worth $1500 - $1700 in my view. The 8528 is two models removed from the current Codan NGT. The 9323 with auto-tune would be worth $1900. Keep in mind that a new Barrett can be bought for a whisker under $3000 in SA (cash only) and that comes with a full 3 year warranty.
If you really want Codan, the 8528 might be worth $1900 in the view of some because the current NGT's are quite pricey. You could ring Alec Daws in central Victoria (0417 566 022) ... he recons HF systems and sells second hand - he might have one, with a price, as a guide.Gotta have red sand on those boots !
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 17:40

Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 17:40
$1900 is a bit steep, but it does have the later model arial. There is a Codan group on Yahoo that would be able to find/sell/advise you. If you are interested, i will get the url. or you can look up Codan outback radio under yahoo groups
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 23:03

Thursday, Jul 10, 2003 at 23:03
From my reasearch into 2nd hand radios I would say that $1000-$1200 price would be more in line. Remember those auto tune antennas can give a lot of trouble. They are very delicate pieces of equipment.Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Tony - Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 08:51

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 08:51
I don't agree with you on that point Willem, I had a Codan that I purchased second hand in 1992 C/W Auto Tune antenna, the same unit has been on two vehicles and since travelled 300,000k on all sorts of roads and tracks (CSR etc) and never given one once of trouble, the main set has had three services in that time ( de-dusting, fitting of more channels twice).

Yes sure there has been failures in some Auto Tune antennas but they are still better than the old patch whip I used to have along with the 10 channel box I started with in the 80's.

I have since sold the set and it still works fine.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 11:31

Friday, Jul 11, 2003 at 11:31
That's OK Tony. I was having my old 6924 serviced the other day and saw no less than 15 auto tune antennas in the workshop. The workshop owner said that he was getting sick of them and was now returning them to Codan for direct repairs. Yes they are a lot better than the old whip aerials. I still use the old spanner tied to the end of the aerial thrown up into the tree. My radio use is only for emergencies.Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Gordon - Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 17:59

Monday, Jul 14, 2003 at 17:59
I paid $1,100 for a second hand Codan 8528 in January 2002 from a communications dealer and $600 for a second hand Codan 9350 aerial privately. Is yours from a dealer or a private sale? Is fitting included? Sounds like the pricing of yours is in the right ball-park. The 8528 has remote head, selcall, scanning - everything you need.
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