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January 20, 2017

New Midland MXT MicroMobile GMRS two way radios

When Midland first announced the introduction of the MXT100 in early 2015, it was met with much anticipation. After all, This wasn't just another GMRS two way radio, it was a GMRS mobile radio, the first to enter the market in years, and a micro mobile at that. When the MXT100 finally arrived in the late autumn, it quickly became a popular item at Buy Two Way Radios and was generally well received.

Yet, some reviews were mixed. Many users liked the overall design and performance of this tiny mobile, but also wanted the addition of weather channels for use in off-road or recreational vehicles. Some GMRS operators needed repeater capability to truly maximize its use as a mobile. Many thought it lacked the higher wattage generally expected from a typical mobile radio.

Midland heard the feedback, listened, and took notes.

Now, Midland is introducing not one, not two, but three new mobiles in the MXT series, and all for the GMRS.

MXT105.jpgMXT105 - This model is the next generation of the now retired MXT100, and effectively replaces it. The 105 is essentially the same as the original, with 5 watts of power, 15 GMRS channels, 142 CTCSS/DCS codes, channel scan, adjustable squelch, signal strength meter, monitor function, keypad lock and 3.5mm external speaker jack. It also keeps the built-in internal speaker and the front panel backlit LCD display with 5 levels of adjustable brightness.

One of the best features of the old 100 was Display Flip, which allowed the unit to be installed upside down with an option to flip the readout on the screen around to keep it readable. The MXT105 kept this feature, as well as the flip frame detachable mount to accommodate either horizontal or vertical mounting on or under the dash.

In addition to the GMRS functionality of its predecessor, the MXT105 adds 10 NOAA weather channels and weather scan to the mix. It does all this at a lower price point than the original, taking the MXT series to a new level. The entire package includes a detachable hand microphone with a coiled cord, 12V power cable with vehicle adapter, flip frame detachable mount, microphone hanger, mounting hardware and a mobile magnetic mount antenna with 19 feet of cable. Price: $99.99.

MXT115.jpgMXT115 - The 115 has most of the same basic features found on the MXT105 and adds more power to take it to a full 15 watts. It has 15 GMRS channels, 10 NOAA weather channels and weather alert. Additional features include 5 selectable call tones, roger beep, tone alert and a USB charger port for charging other devices such as a handheld radio or cell phone. It does not include the Display Flip feature of the MXT105 but the display can be backlit in one of 8 selectable colors. The best part, it's repeater capable, with 8 GMRS repeater channels pre-programmed and ready to go. The package includes a hand microphone, 12V power cable with vehicle adapter, flip frame detachable mount, mounting hardware, microphone hanger and mobile mag mount antenna with a 19 foot cable. Price: $149.99.

MXT400.jpgMXT400 - This powerful micromobile transmits at a full 40 watts on the GMRS and is the top of the MXT line. It doesn't have the weather channels included in the other models, but it does have the 8 repeater channels. It also has some features found on many business and amateur mobile two way radios, such as a voice compander, power and transmit LEDs, talk around function, and a timeout timer. The MXT400 comes with a hand microphone, 12V hard wire cord, flip frame detachable mount, microphone hanger and mounting hardware. Antenna not included. Price: $249.99.

For more details and an in-depth discussion on the new Midland mobile GMRS radios, listen to Episode 108 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast!

January 4, 2017

Kenwood ProTalk TK-3230DX unboxing video


The Kenwood TK-3230 XLS was popular for its small size, light weight and ease of operation. Now the next generation is here, the Kenwood ProTalk® TK-3230DX!

What's new and different about the DX? Is it any better than its predecessor? Watch as Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios opens the box and gives you a brief first look at this new radio from Kenwood.

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January 1, 2017

The new Kenwood TK-3230DX is here!

TK-3230DX.jpgKenwood has a well established reputation with their line of business two way radios, and the TK-3230 XLS has long been a favourite choice among small businesses. First introduced in 2007, it's considered one of the smallest portable handheld UHF business radios on the market. The TK-3230 is well known for its lightweight ergonomic design, tiny footprint and ease of use. Now, after nearly a decade of popularity, this tiny two way is being retired. Its replacement? The Kenwood ProTalk® TK-3230DX!

For fans of the original 3230, don't worry. Kenwood didn't really take their iconic ProTalk away. The new TK-3230 DX is almost exactly the same as the original TK-3230, only different. It's better.

These two radios essentially share the same model number, so the striking similarities between them are not surprising at all. Of course, the radios are essentially the same in both form and function.

Like it's predecessor, the TK-3230DX maxes out at 1.5 watts with a 0.5W minimum of user selectable power. Kenwood claims it has a maximum range of up to 5 miles or 250,000 square feet in open areas with no obstructions. Depending on your specific setting and situation, your mileage may vary.

Like the original, the DX weights only 5.5 ounces, surpassed only by the ProTalk LT PKT-23 as one of smallest and lightest Kenwood handheld business radios currently available. It's compact footprint puts the DX head-to-head with other tiny UHF business radios such as the Motorola CLS1410, CLP1040 and the Hytera HYT TC-310.

TK-3230DX-2.jpgAll the popular features of the old 3230 are in the DX too, such as 6 modifiable pre-set channels, FleetSync® PTT ID and caller ID display, channel scan, built-in VOX functionality, Privacy Talk voice scrambling, the compander, 10-call alert tone, busy channel lockout, and, yes, even the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Super Lock. The DX also has individual call, direct call and group call selective calling features. Add in the 7 segmeng backlit LCD display, and you've got a next gen Kenwood made just like the original.

But with all these similarities, there are some important differences. The original TK-3230 had 56 built-in frequencies. The TK-3230DX gives you an additional 35 for a total of 99 pre-stored selectable frequencies. The original TK-3230 had 39 QT and 83 DQT privacy codes for a total of 122 codes. The TK-3230 DX added 85 more digital codes, for a grand total of 207 privacy codes.

But that's not all. In addition to the extra codes, the TK-3230DX also has the capability to choose a different QT or DQT code for each individual channel. This feature alone adds important flexibility and control over business communications.

Kenwood also updated the face of the radio. The DX still sports the 4 digit, 7-segment backlit LCD display, but the buttons are slightly different and the front speaker grille is a new design. It's all for the better, though. The DX looks and feels a little more comfortable to grip.

It still has the power. The DX uses the same KNB-46L battery pack, with 2000mAh for up to 18 hours of uptime when the battery saver is on.

As for accessories, it's share and share alike. The TK-3230 DX has the same standard Kenwood (K1) two pin audio connector as the old 3230, so all of the earpieces, headsets and speaker mics with a K1 connector will work just fine. It even uses the same KBH-14 belt clip.

There is one exception, the drop-in desktop charger. The TK-3230 used a KSC-37 fast charger. The TK-3230DX uses a different charger, the KSC-37S. It's also a rapid charger, capable of charging the battery pack in only 2.5 hours, so when it comes to charging time, the DX is still on par.

The Kenwood ProTalk® TK-3230DX is here and available now at Buy Two Way Radios.

TK-3230/TK-3230DX Comparison Chart

Kenwood ProTalk® TK-3230/TK-3230DX Comparison
Item TK-3230 TK-3230DX
Business Band UHF UHF
Weight (ounces/grams) 5.5/155 5.5/155
Transmit Power 1.5W 1.5W
Preset Channels 6 6
Frequencies 56 99
Privacy Codes 39 QT/83 DQT 39 QT/168 DQT
FleetSync®
Power On Tone
Channel Scan
VOX
Privacy Talk
Compander
Key Lock/Super Lock
10-Call Alert Tone
Assign Privacy Code to Channel
Busy Channel Lockout
Battery Saver
Backlit LCD Display
Keystroke Tone Signal
IP54
Mil-STD MIL 810C, D, E, F MIL 810C, D, E, F, G
Selective Calling
2-pin Audio Connector (K1)
Lithium-ion Battery KNB-46L 2000 mAh KNB-46L 2000 mAh
Battery Power Up to 18 hours Up to 18 hours
Drop-in Charger KSC-37 KSC-37S



December 23, 2016

GMRS Radio Range Chart

Range is a popular word in the world of portable handheld two way radios or walkie talkies. Ironically, it's also one of the least understood among the masses, which makes it quite controversial. This simple, five letter word is easy to enunciate, yet it is perhaps one of the most complicated to resolve in the consumer radio marketplace.

The reason for this is contained in the word itself. Although range has an absolute definition, it is defined by a range of variables. In short, range is absolutely relative.

The Variables of Range
A number of variables determine actual range. These include (in no particular order):
  • Type of Radio Signal
  • Obstructions
  • Terrain
  • Distance to Horizon
  • Antenna
  • Radio Power (Wattage)
  • Atmospheric Conditions
Type of Radio Signal
The type of radio signal is a significant variable in determining range. Lower frequencies such as those on the VHF band travel farther but can be more easily blocked. Higher frequencies in the UHF band do not travel as far but can pass around obstacles more easily. The GMRS operates on UHF frequencies around 460 MHz, so our range estimations will be based on that variable.

Obstructions
GMRS radios operate on "line-of-sight", which simply means that as long as they or their operators can clearly "see" each other with nothing between them to obscure their view, the radios should be able to communicate with one another. Anything that gets in the way can adversely affect the line of sight. Such things include, but are not limited to, hills, trees, bridges, buildings, vehicles and anything else that can potentially block, deflect or divert the radio signal away from its intended target.

Terrain
The terrain between the radios is another important consideration. If the area is flat with few or no obstructions, the signal can freely travel unencumbered towards the horizon, even at a very low power. If the terrain is populated with vegetation such as trees or heavy brush, such obstructions can slow or eventually block the signal at some point along the way. Higher frequency GMRS radio signals cannot penetrate earth, so if the terrain is hilly or mountainous, the distance the signal can travel may be reduced significantly.

Distance to Horizon
Since the earth is round, GMRS radio signals do not have an unlimited line of site across the entire globe. At some point, they are blocked or diverted by the curvature of the earth. This is the earth's horizon. In an area of open, level terrain with no obstacles or over open water, the average distance to the horizon is just a few miles. On the roof of a very tall building or mountaintop, the horizon could be ten, twenty or thirty miles. The higher you are over the terrain, the greater the distance between you and your horizon, hence the farther the line-of-site. Conversely, the closer you are to the ground, the nearer you are to your horizon, thus the shorter your line-of-sight.

Antenna
The antenna is one of the most critical components of a radio. It converts the radio signals into the electrical signals the radio can understand and vice versa. Without an antenna, your radio could neither receive nor transmit across any perceptible distance at all. This means the type, height, location and quality of the antenna will have a significant impact on the overall range of the radio signal.

Radio Power (Wattage)
Obviously, the more powerful a signal, the greater its potential range. Or is it? When comparing a 5 watt radio transmission to a 50 watt signal, the difference in range can be quite significant. However, when comparing two low power signals between 1 and 5 watts, the difference is not as impressive. Depending on some of the other variables, there may not be much of a difference at all. For instance, an entry level GMRS handheld walkie talkie operating at about half a watt in an open field may have about the same coverage as a five watt model in the middle of a large city. Depending on the distance to the horizon and/or the height and quality of antenna, it may be even better! The moral? Don't let the wattage rating alone dictate your choice of radio. Consider all of the variables.

Atmospheric Conditions
One variable that is sometimes overlooked is the atmosphere. While not as disruptive as many other variables, atmospheric effects such as rain, snow and fog can interfere with a radio signal and may slightly reduce overall range.

The Confusion with Range
Considering all the variables, calculating range still doesn't seem too complicated. It isn't, really. So, why the confusion? To answer that question, all we need to do is pick up a brand new pack of consumer FRS/GMRS radios and look at the packaging.

One of the first things you may notice, more often than not, is a great big number emblazoned in bold and prominently displayed on the front of the package, usually designated in mileage. It may read 16 Miles, 26 Miles, 36 Miles or more, and is implied to be the mileage rating of the radios enclosed. The higher the number, the greater the range, and the more powerful or higher wattage the radios are perceived to be. But are they? Not necessarily.

Remember, power/wattage is only one of the many variables used to calculate range, and as we've noted, it is not the most influential. After all, a low wattage handheld radio can have a greater range than a higher wattage handheld radio within reason, provided the other variables exceed those of the higher wattage model.

It's easy to pick out the big bold number on the box, but miss the words "up to" in the small print above it. As a result, many who latch onto the large font and tune out the tiny type naturally assume the double digit figure is an absolute, when it isn't. In fact, the mileage on the package doesn't really figure into the range equation much at all.

The Truth About Range
Are the manufacturers lying? Well, technically, maybe no. If the radio is advertised to transmit (up to) 36 miles, you might get 36 miles - that is, if you're transmitting from a mountaintop or hovering somewhere in the upper troposphere and the horizon is at least 36 miles away. If you're orbiting the earth and there are no obstructions, you might even get more. But then, how often do you go there? Exactly.

The truth is, the number on the box only indicates how far the radio has supposedly been tested to transmit and receive under what the manufacturers refer to as optimal conditions. This phrase or a variation thereof is usually found in even smaller type somewhere on the back, side, or bottom of the box. Unlike those big numbers, you'll probably have to look around to find it.

Optimal vs. Actual Range
Forget the fantasy figures. Let's get real. If those numbers mean anything, they serve as a general reference as to which tier the radio is placed within the industry. It works like this. GMRS radios with a low optimal range of 10-16 miles typically have basic features and functionality. These are considered low-end or entry level models. Those labeled as a higher optimal range of 35 miles and above with the most wattage, add-ons and options are considered the high-end models. The mid-tier models consist of everything in-between. While not perfect, it's a fairly reliable method and goes a long way towards simplifying the confusing marketing hype surrounding the range claims created by the manufacturers of FRS/GMRS two way radios.

To simplify things further, the chart below was created to convert the manufacturer's advertised range to an actual, real-world range and assigned to a tier as a range rating. The chart is further divided by type of terrain for greater accuracy. Note: These are real world estimates only.

Rick's Simple GMRS Radio Range Chart

Urban Terrain
Advertised Range Actual Range Range Rating
16 miles 1-2 blocks Low
20 miles 2-3 blocks Low
26 miles 3-4 blocks Mid
30 miles 4-6 blocks Mid
36+ miles 0.2-0.25 mile High


Suburban Terrain
Advertised Range Actual Range Range Rating
16 miles 300-800 feet Low
20 miles 0.1-0.3 mile Low
26 miles 0.4-0.5 mile Mid
30 miles 0.6-1.0 mile Mid
36+ miles 1-2 mile High


Open (Level) Terrain
Advertised Range Actual Range Range Rating
16 miles 0.5-1 mile Low
20 miles 1-3 miles Low
26 miles 3-4 miles Mid
30 miles 4-5 miles Mid
36+ miles ~6 miles High


No Terrain
Advertised Range Actual Range Range Rating
16 miles Up to 16 miles (est.) Low
20 miles Up to 20 miles (est.) Low
26 miles Up to 26 miles (est.) Mid
30 miles Up to 30 miles (est.) Mid
36+ miles Up to 36+ miles (est.) High


Related Resources
30 Miles? The Truth About Range
Getting The Most Range From Your Radio
The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-05 - Radios in Range
The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-45 - The Truth About GMRS Radio Range
Radio 101 - The truth about FRS / GMRS two way radio range
How To Optimize Range for Motorola Talkabout Two Way Radios


December 21, 2016

New Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Digital Portable Radios

EVX-S24.jpgVertex Standard just added a new DMR digital business radio to its eVerge line, The EVX-S24. Like the other models in the EVX series, this new radio includes many of the features now considered a standard on DMR transcievers. It is also capable of operation in both digital and analog modes. But this isn't just another run-of-the-mill eVerge. The S24 is quite unique.

The EVX-S24 is a tiny transceiver. At roughly three and a half by two inches, it's about the size of a credit card, and it's only one and quarter inches thick. It can easily fit in a shirt pocket, and at only 7.6 ounces is so light weight it can be worn on the vest of a uniform or on a jacket without much effort. that may not sound impressive to anyone who uses a Motorola CLS1410, CLP1040, or even a Kenwood PKT-23 on the job, but those are all analog radios, and the S24 is a digital/analog hybrid. Sure, there is the Motorola DLR1060 and the Icom IP100H, but we aren't talking about 900MHz or WiFi radios here. This is about a DMR capable radio on business band UHF.

However, digital capability alone isn't what really makes this little radio unique among its competitors. It's also the performance. The EVX-S24 is amazingly powerful for its size. The Motorola CLS, CLP and DLR radios all operate on one watt of analog power. The Vertex Standard EVX-S24 operates on 2 watts in analog mode. That's twice the power of the Motorola models and a half-watt higher than the Kenwood. And it gets better. Put it in digital mode and the S24 operates at 3 watts!

You can also hear the power. The S24 has a built-in 500mW speaker at 40 ohm output, which on its own is rather impressive for a radio of its size and weight, but when you factor in the unfiltered clarity of digital audio, the S24 sounds powerfully amazing.

Speaking of power, the EVX-S24 uses a 2300mAh Lithium-ion battery similar to the size and type of battery used in small cell phones. Vertex Standard rates their battery with an estimated 12 hours in digital mode and 10 hours in analog mode.

The performance of this little radio is enhanced by its capabilities. The S24 has the same powerful set of features found on other models in the EVX series, but stuffed into a smaller package. The S24 has multiple scanning options, Busy Channel Lockout, Whisper Mode, escalating alerts, Lone Worker Alert and Voice Inversion Encrypton. It also includes ARTS™ (Auto Range Transponder System), a standard feature found on many Vertex Standard business radios. And that's operating in analog mode.

In digital mode, the S24 has Call History, Site Search, Remote Monitor Decode, all call, group call and private call functionality and can send and receive pre-programmed text messages.

It has a Transmit Interrupt, too. This digital feature is handy for emergencies or urgent communications. If other users are tying up a channel, you can break in to interrupt or halt them to get the message through, even if someone else is still tranmitting or holding down their push to talk button.

It's not just unique on the inside. The EVX-S24 is built for powerful capability on the outside, as well. It has a programmable multi-color LED, four programmable keys, and a backlit LCD display in Vertex Standard branded orange, a color that is surprisingly easy on the eyes.

As for durability, who says tiny can't be tough? It's definitely not the case here. The EVX S24 is IP67 dust and waterproof and is submersible. It also meets Mil-STD D, E, F, and G specifications.

If that's not enough, The S24 comes with an industry leading three year warranty from Vertex Standard. Such a warranty is hard to beat by any radio manufacturer.

Designed for education, hospitality, medical offices, retail and any other occupation with a need for light but powerful portable handheld radios, the EVX-24 sounds like a product well worth considering for serious communications.

The EVX-S24 is available now at Buy Two Way Radios.com. It comes in your choice of black or yellow at MSRP $259.99.

For a comprehensive list of features and specifications, download the Vertex Standard EVX-S24 Product Sheet.

December 19, 2016

Uniden FRS/GMRS two way radio comparison

Uniden is a respected manufacturer of wireless communication products. However, when comparing consumer walkie talkies, the Uniden brand is often forgotten or ignored. Uniden FRS/GMRS two way radios are generally underrated. It's unfortunate, because many of these models are some of the toughest, most durable and feature-packed consumer grade handhelds around for general outdoor use. The entire line is available at Buy Two Way Radios.

The chart below compares all of the current Uniden FRS/GMRS radios and some of their commonly searched features. Click on the name or image of each radio for details on a particular model. For a complete feature comparison, try our Two Way Radio Product Comparison tool and choose any two specific Uniden models or any other radios on our site.

Uniden FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Comparison Chart

Model USB Vibrate
Alert
VOX Privacy
Codes
Weather
Channels
Earpieces Submersible Range*

GMR2035-2
Low

GMR2050-2C
Low

GMR3050-2C
Low

GMR3055-2CK
Mid

GMR3055-2CKHS
Mid

GMR4055-2CK
Mid

GMR4055-2CKHS
Mid

GMR4060-2CKHS
Mid

GMR4088-2CKHS
Mid

GMR5088-2CKHS
High

GMR5095-2CKHS
High
*Uniden advertises FRS/GMRS radio range in miles, however your actual range may vary as it depends on a number of variables. In this chart, we to refer to range as Low, Mid or High. For more information watch our short video Radio 101 - The Truth About FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Range.

December 16, 2016

Last chance for Midland GXT1000VP4 holiday special!

GXT1000VP4.pngThe holidays are here and it's last call for shopping specials at BuyTwoWayRadios.com! The two week special discount is about to end on our most popular Midland FRS/GMRS radio, the GXT1000VP4! This value pack includes two Midland GXT1000 radios, two headsets, two rechargeable battery packs and a dual desktop charger, and all for only $59.99! The special ends midnight Sunday, December 18, 2016.

There is no rebate form to submit and no promo code needed. To take advantage of this offer, simply at the GXT1000VP4 to your to your order. You can also order by phone. Call us at 1-800-584-1445 before this offer expires!

December 15, 2016

TYT MD-380 Super Holiday Special!

TYT-MD-380.jpgThe TYT MD-380 is one of the most popular and versatile DMR digital radios on the market. There are many reasons choose the MD-380 when you go digital. Now there is one more! For a limited time, get the TYT MD-380 at a Manager's special holiday price of only $99.95!

There's no gimmick, no gotcha, no rebate form to fill out and no promo code to enter at checkout. UHF or VHF version? It doesn't matter. Purchase an MD-380 DMR digital two way radio from Buy Two Way Radios and get it for only $99.95! (SC residents add sales tax).

And that's not all. When you purchase the MD-380, we'll throw in the TYT MD-380 programming cable and software CD FREE! This is a $14.99 value and is yours for no extra charge. Your free programming bundle will be automatically added to your order at time of purchase!

But wait, there's more. Order now and get the entire package with FREE ground shipping!

This bundle is a great gift at a great price, but is available for a limited time. The TYT MD-380 Manager's Super Holiday Special is valid from December 15 to December 19, 2016 or while supplies last. Get yours now before this offer and the holidays are over!

December 14, 2016

TYT TH-9800 features and programming menu options

The TYT TH-9800 is the popular older brother of the TH-7800 dual band mobile radio. From the mic to the programming menu, inside and out, these two radios look and feel essentially the same. They are more like twins, except for one important difference. The TH-7800 is a dual band radio. The TH-9800 is a four bander.

Like its younger sibling, the TH-9800 both transmits and receives 136-174MHz on the VHF band and 400-480MHz on UHF band. Then it doubles down, with TX and RX on 6 meters and 10 meters, as well.

Of course, it's not the only quad band mobile among all amateur radios on the market. However, compared to the Wouxun KG-UV950P quad band transceiver, the TYT TH-9800 is a really solid, high value alternative.

Like the 7800, reception on the TH 9800 is broad. it can receive wide band AM and FM on 26-33MHZ, 47-54MHz, 108-180MHz, 320-512MHz and 750-950MHz (except cell phone frequencies). Like the 7800, it supports 809 memory channels. The settings can be configured independently for each channel.

Also, like it's brother, the 9800 has separate A and B sides. It is capable of full duplex operation and can function as a cross-band repeater.

TYT TH-9800 Key features
  • Quad Band UHF/VHF 2M/6M/10M/70cm transmit and receive
  • 6-33MHZ/47-54MHz/108-180MHz/320-512MHz/and 750-950MHz (Receive Only)
  • 5/10/20/40W Transmit Power (UHF)
  • 5/10/20/50W Transmit Power (VHF)
  • 809 Memory Channels
  • Independent Controls for left and right band
  • Repeater Capable
  • V+U Full Duplex Operation
  • Cross-Band Repeater
  • FM Radio
  • Encryption Scrambler
  • Voice Compander
  • Busy Channel Lockout
  • 50 Groups CTCSS/104 Groups DCS Code
  • User Defined CTCSS and DCS capability
  • CTCSS/DCS Tone Scan
  • DTMF 2-Tone and 5-Tone
  • Auto Range Transponder System (ARTS)
  • Automatic Repeater Shift (ARS)
  • Detachable Front Controller and Remote Mounting Ability
  • Backlit Dual LCD Display
  • Backlit Keypad
  • Channel Name Edit and Display
  • Channel Scan
  • Priority Scan
  • Skip Channel
  • Dual Watch
  • Talk Around
  • Auto Power Off
  • Timeout Timer
  • Keypad Lock
  • Audible Button Beeps
  • 3.5mm Speaker Port
  • Cloning Capable
  • PC Programmable (Requires Optional Cable)
  • Programmable Buttons
  • Built-in Internal Speaker
  • Backlit DTMF Hand Microphone
  • User Programmable Microphone Keys
  • Cooling Fan
  • Reset

The TH-9800 also features Auto Range Transponder System (ARTS). When communicating with another radio equipped with ARTS, the radios sense when one moves out of range for more than a minute. It is a handy feature to have in case of a "Man Down" situation or other emergency. This a standard feature of many Vertex Standard business radios.

Like its dual band brother, the TH-9800 has a detachable front face plate. You can hide the radio and mount the front control panel with the dual display almost anywhere you want in your vehicle.

Programming the TH-9800
The TH-9800 can be programmed direct from the radio or through a computer via an optional TYT mobile programming cable and software. Although not absolutely needed, the programming cable and software are highly recommended and programming the TH-9800 through a computer is definitely encouraged. It makes things a lot simpler.

If you want or need to program the TH-9800 radio directly, the chart below provides a handy reference to the menu. If you are already familiar with the TH-7800, you'll have no trouble with this one, because it is exactly the same menu. It consists of 42 items. Default settings are bold.

Menu # Name Menu Item Description Option
01 (APO) Auto Power Off Turns off radio after set time OFF/0.5H/1H/2H
02 ARS Auto Repeater Shift Enables/disables the ARS feature ON/OFF
03 ARTS Auto Range Transponder System Selects the ARTS beep mode IN RING/ALWAYS
04 BEEP Beep when key is pressed Enable/Disable Beep BEP.ON/BEP.OFF
05 CLK.SFT Clock Frequency Shift Shifting of CPU clock frequency SFT.ON/SFT.OFF
06 DIMMER Display Dimmer Set display brightness level DIM.OFF/1/2/3/4
07 DCS.COD Set DCS Code Sets the 104 DCS code 023
08 DCS.N/R Set DCS Code Selects Normal or Inverted
DCS coding
TRX N/TX R/RX R/TRX R
09 DSP.MOD Memory Channel Display Mode Selects memory channel display mode DSP.FRQ/DSP.NAM
10 DTMF D DTMF Autodialer
Delay Time
Sets DTMF Autodialer
Delay Time
50/250450/750/1000 MS
11 DTMF S DTMF Autodialer
Sending Speed
Sets DTMF autodialer
sending speed
50/75/100 MS
12 DTMF W DTMF Autodialer
Memories
Loading of DTMF
autodialer memories
16 autodialer memories
available
13 HYPER Hyper Memory Enable/disable automatic writing
feature of Hyper Memory
MANUAL/AUTO
14 KEY.MOD Key Functions Selects key functions for
"right" band function switches
KEY1/KEY2
15 LOCK Key/Button Lock Feature Enable/disable Key/Button lock feature MANUAL/AUTO
16 LOCKT PTT Lock Feature Enable/disable the PTT lock feature OFF/BAND R/BAND L/BOTH
17 MUTE Mute Audio Select the audio mute mode OFF/TX/RX/TX and RX
18 NAME Channel Name Stores name for memory channel Enter name
19 PG P1 Set P1 Button Program the mic P1 button BAND
20 PG P2 Set P2 Button Program the mic P2 button VFO/MR
21 PG P3 Set P3 Button Program the mic P3 button TONE
22 PG P4 Set P4 Button Program the mic P4 button LOW
23 RF SQL RF SQL Level Adjust RF SQL threshold level OFF/S-2/S-5/S-9/S-FULL
24 RPT.MOD Repeater Shift Direction Set repeater shift direction RPT.OFF/RPT.-/RPT.+
25 SCAN Scan-Resume Mode Sets scan-resume mode TIME/BUSY
26 SCAN M Scan Mode Sets memory scan mode MEM/MSM
27 SHIFT Offset Repeater Shift Sets offset frequency of
the repeater shift
0.00~99.5 MHz
600 KHz (UHF), 600 Hz (VHF)
Shift can be set independently
for each band
28 STEP Synthesizer Steps Sets synthesizer steps 2.5-100 KHz
12.5 KHz
29 SPK Squelch Mode Sets squelch mode SQ/CTC/TON/C+T and C/T
SQ
30 TONE F CTCSS Tone Frequency Sets CTCSS tone frequency 50 standard CTCSS tones
100Hz
31 TONE M CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode Mode Sets the encode/decode mode OFF/ENC/ENC.DEC/DCS
OFF
32 TOT Time-Out Timer Sets the time-out timer OFF/1~30 min.
6 min.
33 TALKAR Talk Around Swaps RX/TX frequencies
to toggle simplex
and repeater operation
ON/OFF
34 WID.MID.NAR Mic Gain and Deviation Select bandwidth to reduce
mic gain (and deviation)
WIDE/MID/NARROW
35 X-RPT Cross-Band Repeater Enable/disable cross-band repeater ON/OFF
36 AM AM Mode Enable/disable AM Mode ON/OFF
37 AUT.AM Automatic AM Mode Enable/disable automatic AM mode ON/OFF
38 2TONE 2-Tone memory channel Assign 2-Tone autodialer
memory channel
2T-01~2T-16
2T-01
39 5TONE 5-Tone memory channel Assign 5-Tone autodialer
memory channel
5T-01~5T-16
5T-01
40 SCR Scramble Enable/disable scramble feature ON/OFF
41 COMP Compander Enable/disable voice compander ON/OFF
42 HSD.TYP Tone Squelch Enable/disable tone squelch OFF/2 Tone/5 Tone/DTMF

The TH-9800 has four reset options. For reset instructions, read How to reset the TYT TH-9800 to factory defaults.

The TH-9800 matches up very well to the Wouxun KG-UV950P in features and is a bit ahead on price.

The TH-9800 includes the radio, the speaker mic, mounting brackets and hardware, power cords, extension cord, and owner's manual. The TH-9800 is available from Buy Two Way Radios.

December 12, 2016

How to reset the TYT TH-9800 to factory defaults

The TYT TH-9800 quad band mobile radio is a popular counterpart to the popular Wouxun KG-UV950P. With its powerful features and flexible options, the TH-9800 is generally considered a good value for the price. One example of this flexibility is the reset option. Most mobile radios allow the user to reset the transceiver as needed, however it is often limited to one or two reset options, either a partial reset of selected programmable items, or a full reset of the entire radio. The TH-9800 offers four. Now, that's a quad bander.

TH-9800 Factory Reset Options
  • F-1 SETMOD RESET
    Resets the menu settings to factory defaults
  • F-2 HYPER RESET
    Resets the Hyper Memory settings to factory defaults
  • F-3 MEMORY RESET
    Resets regular memory settings to factory defaults
  • F-4 ALL RESET
    Resets all memory, menu and other settings to factory defaults

Follow the steps below to reset a TYT TH-9800 Quad Band Mobile Two Way Radio from Buy Two Way Radios to its original factory settings.

To perform a Reset
1. Turn off the radio.
2. Press and hold the LEFT [LOW] and turn the radio on.
3. Turn the DIAL to choose the RESET menu.
4. Choose the appropriate reset option [F-1, F-2, F-3 or F-4].
5. Short press the [SET] key to reset the radio.
7. Reset is complete.

A reset may resolve many issues or malfunctions, but may not work for every scenario. However, it is usually a recommended first step when troubleshooting a two way radio.