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March 27, 2017

Guess and win a TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR radio!

MD-2017.jpgGuess the actual arrival date for a chance to win a new TYT MD-2017 radio or Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt! Send us your best guess of the date when you think the MD-2017 will arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios and if your guess is correct or the closest within seven (7) days of the arrival date, you could win a FREE TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR digital Two Way Radio. The winner with the second closest guess will get a FREE Two Way Radio Show T-shirt, valued at $10. If multiple correct entries are received, a drawing will be held among all correct entries to determine the winners.

Why are we doing this?
In 2016 TYT announced the MD-9600, their first digital mobile radio. This was big news, and anticipation was high. TYT kept delaying the release, and now, over a year later, we are still waiting for the MD-9600 to show up on the dock at our warehouse.

A few months ago we announced a new dual band digital handheld two way radio coming from TYT, the MD-2017. In episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, we discussed some of the features of the MD-2017 and a speculated on a possible arrival date based on the limited specs available from the manufacturer. Bacause of our experience with the MD-9600, naturally we are a bit hesitant to mention a firm date for the arrival of the MD-2017.

So during the show (about 6:30 into the episode), we came up with an idea. Rather than set expectations with speculative dates that TYT may or may not ever meet, why not have some fun with it and make it into a contest? So we did!

Official Contest Rules
  • 1. One entry per person.
  • 2. Enter the date you think the MD-2017 will arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. Note: this is not the date TYT says it will ship to the US, but the date we actually receive it.
  • 3. E-mail your entry to show@buytwowayradios.com or post it in the comments for Episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.
  • 4. Entry must include Full name, a valid e-mail address and call sign to verify single entry per person rule. Entries without all three items for verification will be considered invalid.
  • 5. The entry with the date closest to arrival within seven days wins an MD-2017 radio.
  • 6. The entry second closest to the arrival date wins a T-Shirt.
  • 7. If multiple entries are received with the same date, the winners will be determined by random drawing of all correct entries.
  • 8. Due to international restrictions, the contest is open to residents of the US only.
  • 9. Winners will be announced on The Two Way Radio Show Podcast and notified by e-mail after close of contest.
  • 10. Contest ends April 21, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT or when the radio arrives at Buy Two Way Radios from TYT, whichever comes first.
Note: Decisions of the judges are final.

January 27, 2017

Spare parts for TYT MD-380 radios

TYT-MD-380-front-cover-2.jpgThe TYT MD-380 is one of the most popular DMR radios on the market and one of our best selling digital handheld models at Buy Two Way Radios. Considering this, we are not at all surprised to receive inquiries about replacement parts for it. As an authorized TYT dealer for the US, Buy Two Way Radios now carries a selection of spare parts for the TYT MD-380 two way radios.

If you need a specific part for your MD-380, such as a channel knob or accessory port cover, the specific item may be purchased individually. If multiple parts are needed, an entire kit of replacement parts is also available. This kit consists of all MD-380 parts currently sold on our web site at a substantial savings.

Of course, if you need another spare or replacement part for your radio, give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 or enter our live chat and ask.

We also carry spare parts for select Wouxun, Kenwood and Ritron two way radios. If we don't have it, we'll try to get it. Just let us know what you need.

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.


December 5, 2016

New dual band DMR digital radio coming from TYT

MD2017-final.pngTYT created quite a stir a couple of years ago when its iconic MD-380 DMR radio entered the market. The came the the MD-390, a waterproof, submersible digital radio with GPS capability. Now the company is about to make waves again, with the coming launch of the MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio!

Details are still sketchy, but TYT has released a few specs on this new handheld. Key features of the TYT MD-2017:
  • Dual band
  • Dual display
  • Dual standby
  • Complies with ETSI TS 102 360-1, -2, -3
  • Uses Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)
  • Compatible with MotoTRBO Tier 1 and II
  • GPS capable
  • Lone worker function
  • Encryption function
  • Analog and Digital Modes
  • SIngle Call, Group Call and All Call
  • Remote Kill/Stun/Activate
  • IP67 Waterproof.
  • Firmware upgradeable
Rumour has it the MD-2017 could arrive sometime in March 2017. However, no official release date has been set. For the latest updates on this new radio, Keep checking in at Buy Two Way Radios and subscribe to our blog!

April 27, 2016

Tytera changes product brand name to TYT

Tytera announced plans this week to change the brand name on their line of two way radios from Tytera to TYT next month. According to an official spokesperson from Tytera, starting May 2016 the company will begin to replace the Tytera brand on their entire product line with the name TYT.

Products such as the MD-280, the extremely popular MD-380, the mobile TH-7800 and the new waterproof MD-390 digital radio will be re-branded as TYT. The new label will likely appear this summer as existing Tytera inventory is exhausted and products are replenished. New Tytera products due this summer will likely carry the TYT brand at launch.

Details are sketchy, but according to TYT the name change is due to a complaint from rival radio manufacturer Hytera. This is possibly related to the similarities between the two names.

The company said all products manufactured by Tytera will be affected by the change. Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Tytera dealer.

March 17, 2016

Announcing the Tytera MD-9600 DMR Digital Mobile Radio!

AVAILABLE SUMMER 2016!

Tytera-MD-9600.jpgTytera shook the world of digital radio in 2015 with the introduction of the MD-380, a portable handheld capable of both DMR and analog operation at an analog radio price.

Digital radios were outrageously expensive, and were priced out of the hands of many.
Then the MD-380 came along. It changed everything. For the first time, DMR was truly available to the masses, so to speak. Amateur radio operators on a Baofeng budget could experiment within the digital realm without spending hundreds of dollars on digital equipment, and because the UHF version was Part 90 type accepted for commercial use, small businesses could afford to keep up with their competitors and migrate to digital without the exhorbitant cost. The MD-380 was a game changer, and turned Tytera into a respected brand in the DMR marketplace almost overnight.

Now they are about to do it again. Get ready for the Tytera TYT MD-9600 Digital Mobile Radio!

Yes, that's right, the long-awaited announcement is here. Tytera has introduced a new mobile two way radio capable of operation in both digital and analog modes.

According to Tytera, the MD-9600 operates on 400-480MHz frequencies at up to 45 watts (UHF model) or 136-174MHz VHF at up to 50 watts (VHF model). As a DMR radio, It uses Time Division Multiple Access(TDMA) technology and is compatible with MotoTRBO Tier I and II.

The TYT MD 9600 boasts 1000 channels and 250 zones with 16 channels for each zone. Features include Private Call, Group Call, All Call, a lone worker mode, ANI function, encryption, short text messages, CTCSS/DCS encode and decode, power save mode, low power alarm, an emergency alarm and VOX capability. The console features a color LCD display and four programmable function keys. The hand mic also has four programmable keys, in addition to the two built-in LEDs and full DTMF keypad.

The MD-9600 is also quite versatile. it's not only PC programmable, it's firmware upgradeable as well, a flexibility most other portable and mobile transceivers lack.

The expected release date is sometime in 2016. No price point has yet been set or announced, but as soon as we have pricing, the MD-9600 will be available for pre-order at Buy Two Way Radios. For more specs, download the Tytera MD-9600 product sheet.

July 15, 2015

Tytera MD-380 DMR Digital Radio Accessories


The Tytera MD-280 and MD-380 DMR digital radios support both analog and digital operation with many options, but what about accessories? Are existing audio accessories and other components compatible with these radios or do they require a unique set of their own?

In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Two Way Radios displays all of the accessories included in the Tytera MD-380 Digital Ham Radio DMR Starter Kit - HT as well as a plethora of other compatible accessories available for both models.
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July 8, 2015

How to add a contact to the Tytera MD-380 DMR digital radio


The Tytera MD-380 video series continues with another quick tutorial. In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to add a contact to contact list directly from the keypad of the Tytera MD-380 DMR Digital Two Way Radio.
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