Codan, Ltd.

81 Graves Street
Newton SA 5074

Skybrokers offeres for over 10 years Codan SSPA / RF equipment, new as well as used. We supported several clients with new and used BUC’s and transceivers, such as the 40W Ku-band transceiver or 8W BUC.

About Codan, Ltd.


Codan Limited
is a manufacturer and supplier of communications, metal detection, and mining technology, headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia with revenue of 132.3 million AUS$ in 2014.

Codan Limited is the communications business unit and the parent company of the Codan group, which is engaged in business through its operating segment Radio Communications. This product range is sold to customers in more than 150 countries. In addition to its global service and support network, the Codan group has regional sales offices in Washington D.C., (USA), Victoria, BC, (Canada) Chicago, IL, (USA), Farnham (UK), Beijing (China) and Dubai (UAE). The company maintains quality assurance systems approved to the ISO 9001:2000 standard.


Codan was founded by school friends Alastar Wood, Ian Wall and Jim Bettison 1959. The company was established as EILCO, the Electronic Instrument and Lighting Company, Ltd. in Adelaide, Australia. In 1970 a Joint Venture was formed with Associated Electronics Services, Ltd, a Western Australian Engineering and manufacturer competitor to develop a HF radio. The Joint Venture was named Codan.

On June 30, 2012, Codan, Ltd. sold its Satellite Communications assets to CPI International Holding Corp, and its wholly owned subsidiary CPI International, Inc (CPI).

Codan Radio Communications

Codan designed and manufactured a range of HF equipment including transceivers (base, portable and mobile), modems, power supplies, amplifiers, antennas and accessories. It also provides HF solutions ranging from basic voice communication to data, email, fax, chat, GPS tracking, and interoperability according to FED and MIL standards.

Codan’s HF transceivers were initially developed to provide communications for people living, working and travelling in Australia’s outback. Codan was a supplier of HF Radio products to aid and humanitarian markets since 1980. Other markets included the public, private and security sectors, as well as a significant recreational vehicle user market in Australia.

Codan military HF Radio transceivers complied with MIL-STD-188-141B ALE (JITC Certified) and FED-STD-1045 ALE, are interoperable with other military grade radios, and provided frequency hopping and voice encryption. Codan was a supplier to the US Army and provided around 3000 transceivers to support security and rebuilding programs in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On September 13th, 2011 at the DSEi industry conference, Codan announced a branding change to the HF Radio division. Renaming the division "Radio Communications", "to reflect a broader focus by the Company on integrated radio communications systems".

On June 11th, 2012 at International Defence and Security tradeshow (Eurosatoty), Codan Radio Communications announced the launch of the Codan Envoy, a software-defined radio that enables users to add new capabilities to the radio through software updates.

On August 7th, 2012 Codan announced the acquisition of Canada based Daniels Electronics, Ltd, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of land mobile radio communications (LMR) solutions in North America. It has since launched tactical solutions such as Stratus (P25/LTE) and HiveNet (P25) transportable repeaters for secure mobile voice operations.

Minelab Electronics Pty, Ltd.

Minelab specialises in advanced electronic technologies including detection equipment for military and humanitarian de-mining projects. They also produce metal detectors for the consumer market. The company has manufacturing, distribution and customer service operations in Adelaide (Australia), Cork (Ireland) and Las Vegas (USA), and is an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Endorsed Company. Minelab was established in 1985 and was acquired by Codan in March, 2008.

Minetec Pty, Ltd.

The Perth Mining Communications and Technology company Minetec Pty, Ltd is an established technology and service partner to the mining industry. The company provides integrated safety, productivity and communications solutions for surface and underground mining operations, including advanced tracking, mine operations management and collision avoidance systems. Codan acquired Minetec Pty Ltd. in 2012.

Key Dates:

1959: University friends Alastar Wood, Ian Wall and Jim Bettison established EILCO, The Electronics, Instrument and Lighting Company Limited in Adelaide, South Australia.

1970: EILCO forms a Joint Venture with Associated Electronics Services (AES), a Western Australian engineering and manufacturing competitor, to develop HF radio. The Joint Venture is named Codan.

1973: Codan relocates its Adelaide premises from Norwood to Newton to expand production capacity and promote export growth.

1975: Codan wins its first Australian Export Award for outstanding export achievement.

1978: Codan acquires a major interest in Electronics Project Ltd. in New Zealand. This company becomes a subsidiary, named Codan (NZ) Ltd. in 1979, to supply HF SSB communications equipment in New Zealand.

1979: Codan purchases an interest in IMP Engineering Pty, Ltd., a leading Australian manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCB’s).

1980: The United Nations (UN) makes a significant purchase of Codan HF Radio equipment for their relief efforts in Uganda. This helps to establish Codan as the leading global supplier of HF communications to humanitarian organizations.

1981: Codan produces Satellite RF subsystems for AUSSAT to support the launch of Australia’s first domestic satellite system.

1983: EILCO acquires 100% of Codan and changes name from EILCO to ‘Codan Pty Ltd’. 

1986: Codan releases its first Ku-band satellite transceivers for use on Australia’s AUSSAT satellites, the 9000-series.

1989: Codan releases its first C-band satellite transceivers, the 5300-series.

1994: Codan releases its first C-band satellite transceivers, the 5700-series.

1998: Codan acquires MITEC Queensland, designer and manufacturer of high power satellite amplifiers and digital microwave technology.

2003: Codan equipment installed in 32 Afghanistan provinces to restore phone, fax, e-mail and radio communications.

2003: Codan successfully lists as a public company on the Australian Stock Exchange and becomes Codan Limited.

2005: Codan's Newton production facility in expanded and upgraded.

2009: Codan acquires USA based Locus Microwave, Inc. a company focused on the design, manufacture and supply of microwave radio products for satellite communications and specializing in X-band products and technologies for military and government purposes.

2009: Codan celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2010: Codan achieves record revenue 189.3 million USD.

2012: The Codan Satcom business unit, Codan & Locus Microwave was acquired by USA based CPI, Inc.

About Locus Microwave, Inc.

Locus Microwave designed, manufactured and supplied microwave radio products for satellite communications. Their products included high performance amplifiers, converter subsystems, switching and signal distribution. Locus was also specialize in X-Band products and technologies for military and government purposes.

Through the use of 'In House' facilities, Locus Microwave was able to provide quick turnaround and custom designs. Their friendly personnel had extensive experience and success in the areas of RF & Microwave product design, project management, and company operations as well as marketing and sales.

Locus Microwave operated as a subsidiary of the Codan group of companies since 2009.

In May 2012 CPI acquired the Codan Satcom business with Locus Microwave from Codan Limited.

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