Care & Maintenace

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The RD8000 locator and transmitter are robust, durable and weatherproof. However you can extend your equipment’s life by following these care and maintenance guidelines.


Store the equipment in a clean and dry environment.

Ensure all terminals and connection sockets are clean, free of debris and corrosion and are undamaged.

Do not use this equipment when damaged or faulty.

Batteries and power supply

Use only good quality Alkaline or NiMH batteries.

When using an AC adapter, use only Radiodetection approved adapters.

Only use Radiodetection approved Li-Ion battery packs.


WARNING! Do not attempt to clean this equipment when it is powered or connected to any power source, including batteries, adapters and live cables.

Ensure the equipment is clean and dry whenever possible. Clean with a soft, moistened cloth.

If using this equipment in foul water systems or other areas where biological hazards may be present, use an appropriate disinfectant.

Do not use abrasive materials or chemicals as they may damage the casing, including the reflective labels.

Do not use high pressure hoses.


Do not attempt to disassemble this equipment under any circumstances. The locator and transmitter contain no user serviceable parts.

Disassembly may damage the equipment and or reduce its performance and may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Service and maintenance

The locator and transmitter are designed to minimize the requirement for regular calibration. However, as with all safety equipment, it is recommended (and may be required by law) that they are serviced at least once a year, either at Radiodetection or a Radiodetection approved repair center.

Regularly check your locator for correct operation using eCert. This automatic validation test ensures the equipment is valid according to its original factory calibration.

NOTE: Service by non-approved service centers or operators may void the manufacturer’s warranty.


Time and date error messages

RD8000 logging and GPS models feature an internal clock which is used to time and date survey measurements, the 1x second internal logging and for the CALSafe feature.

Every time the locator is switched on, it performs a check to verify its correct operation.

In the unlikely event of an issue with this clock the system will report an error message:

The unit will emit a warning audio tone and display the word ERROR, followed by a 3 digit error code.

Make a note of this code and contact your nearest service center or Radiodetection representative.

Warranty and extended warranty

RD8000 Marker locators and transmitters are covered by a 1 year warranty as standard.

Customers can extend the warranty period to a total of 3 years by registering their products (locators and transmitters) within 3 months from purchase.

Registration is done using the RD Manager PC software.

Registering using e-mail

If you have problem in obtaining and installing the RD Manager software you can also register your product(s) by sending an e-mail to

You will need to provide the following compulsory details:

  1. Date of Purchase
  2. Serial Number of each of your qualifying products (RD8000 locators and transmitters
  3. Your e-mail address
  4. Your Company name
  5. Contact Name
  6. Address
  7. Telephone Number
  8. Country of residence
  9. Indicate if you do not wish to receive e-mail alerts advising about any new software release (OPT OUT)
  10. Indicate if you do wish to receive e-mail or other marketing material with new product information or special offers and promotions related to its product range (OPT IN)

RD Manager™

RD Manager is the RD8000 marker locator system PC companion and it allows you to manage and customize your locator. It also allows software upgrades to both the locator and transmitter.

You can use RD Manager to register your products to extend the warranty by 2 years, setup your locator by performing a number of maintenance tasks, such as setting date and time, activating and deactivating active frequencies or RF markers, or setting up functions like CALSafe or StrikeAlert.

RD Manager is also used to retrieve and analyse internal logged data (logging and GPS models only).

RD Manager is compatible PCs running with Microsoft Windows XP and higher.

For more information about RD Manager refer to its operation manual.

To Obtain RD Manager:

Upgrading software

From time to time, Radiodetection may release software upgrades to enhance features and improve performance of the RD8000 locator or transmitter.

Software upgrades are free of charge.

You can check if your products are up-to-date or upgrade them by using the RD Manager software upgrade screen. Refer to its operation manual for further information.

E-mail alerts and notification of new software releases are sent to all registered users.

NOTE: To upgrade your software you need to have created an account using RD Manager and have a live internet connection. An optional Radiodetection supplied power source may be required to update your transmitter software.


The RD8000 marker locator should be regularly checked to ensure its correct operation.

eCert provides a thorough test of the RD8000’s locating circuitry and marker transceiver, and supplies a Radiodetection Calibration Certificate when a positive test result is obtained.

To run eCert, the locator should be connected to an internet-enabled PC, on which the RD Manager software is installed. Additional eCert credits may be required and purchased.

Refer to the RD Manager operation manual for further details.

NOTE: eCert is not presently available for transmitters.