NEWTON, Australia, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Codan Radio Communications, a division of Codan Limited (ASX: CDA), announced that its high-frequency radios have been selected for transmissions during the first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter. Led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 'the world's greatest living explorer,' (Guinness World Records), the expedition will begin in March 2013. Throughout the time on the traverse, the expedition team on the ice and the ship will undertake a number of scientific tasks to provide unique data on glaciology, marine life, oceanography and meteorology.
Codan contributed NGT and 2110 high frequency radios for the expedition after receiving a request from Sir Ranulph Fiennes' team and The Coldest Journey organization in London. During the six month traverse, the expedition team will travel 2,000 miles, mostly in complete darkness in temperatures as low as –90 degrees C.
"The Codan radios were selected for the expedition based upon their robust long range communications capabilities and reputation for reliability," said Paul McCarter, Technology and Communications Advisor, The Coldest Journey.
"Codan is extremely pleased to support this important and historic expedition," said Kevin Kane, president and executive general manager, Codan Radio Communications Division.
"The NGT and 2110 manpacks will provide Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team with lightweight portability and were designed for the world's most difficult environments such as the extreme temperatures presented by the Antarctic region."
The expedition aims to raise USD10 million for Seeing is Believing: a global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness in developing countries.
As well as conquering this final frontier of polar exploration, the expedition also aims to make a decisive contribution to understanding the effect of climate change upon the poles.
Codan Limited designs and manufactures a diversified product range for the international high frequency radio, mining and metal detection markets. Founded in 1959 in South Australia, Codan is a globally active company that employs 500 employees worldwide. Codan's products are sold into more than 150 countries with exports representing approximately 90% of revenues. Codan excels in customer service and support throughout the world via a network of dealers, distributors and agents. For more information about the Codan Radio Communications Division, visit: www.codanradio.com.
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