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July 28, 2017

TYT MD-9600 Dual Band DMR Digital Mobile Radio unboxing video


TYT created quite a stir when it introduced the first dual band handheld DMR digital two way radio, the MD-2017. Now the company has taken it up a notch with the first mobile DMR radio with multiple bands. Introducing the TYT MD-9600 Dual Band mobile DMR digital two way radio!

What does it look like? How is it different? Most notably, how does it sound? In this video, Rick Savoia from Buy Two Way Radios and The Two Way Radio Show Podcast opens the box, turns it on and gives you a first look and listen. Now available for pre-order!

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July 12, 2017

How to update the TYT MD-2017 to store 100,000 contacts

TYT-MD-2017-firmware-update.jpgAs many of you may know, I work tirelessly with TYT directly to provide feedback to them (both my own and that of the end user) to enhance their products. I can honestly say it is an around-the-clock job. I spend many hours outside of normal day working with TYT to make their products the best in the Chinese market. I was the one who had them re-work the programming software for the MD-2017 and MD-9600 so they could be used with your pre-existing code plugs. This has been a game changer as far as I am concerned. So, let me jump off my soap box now..

When the MD-2017 was released, my biggest concern was the lack of storage in the radio for contacts. For most folks, 10,000 contacts is more than enough; however, I am a firm believer in the old saying that bigger is better.

From my feedback, TYT recently released a firmware upgrade for the MD-2017 to allow up to 100,000 contacts! However, in order to accomplish this, the recorder option had to go away. I was not a fan of the recorder anyhow. It was a neat concept on paper, but a useless function on the radio- kind of like a flashlight or a wrist strap.


Want to add up to 100,000 contacts into your TYT MD-2017 dual band DMR digital radio? Here's how to do it.

What you need:

Note: Microsoft Excel is currently required to be installed on the PC for the import of contacts to work.

Step 1: Save the correct firmware version to your desktop. In the case of the early release radios, it is V3.33 bin (non GPS)

Step 2: Double click on the "FirmwareDownloadV3.04_EN.exe" link

Step 3: Under the "User Program" section, click on "Open file upgrade". This is where you will find the file you saved to your desktop.

Step 4: Plug the programming cable in to your radio and the USB in to your computer. With the radio powered off, hold down the PTT and orange button and power the radio on. The screen will remain black but the LED light on top will flash red and green. You are now in firmware update mode.

Step 5: Write the firmware to the radio. To do this, click on the "Download file of upgrade" button. Your radio will now begin to receive the updated firmware. Once the download is complete, power the radio off and unplug the cable from the radio.

Step 6: Open the V1.17 software and plug the cable back into the radio. If you have a current code plug, the contacts that are in that will remain. This is important for your talkgroups.

Step 7: Click on the "Program" dropdown and select "Write contacts". A box will open with available buttons "Read, Write, Export, Import, and Cancel".

Step 8: If you already have a list, you will want to click the "Import" button. After you do this, select the list and import it to the software. The only notification you will get is if it was successful or not. You will not see these in your regular contact list.

Step 9: Once you get the notification that the import was successful, you will now want to power the radio on and hit the "Write button". The process will now begin. Upload times depend on the number of contacts. With the 64,000+ contacts I uploaded, it took about 5 minutes. Be patient and do not power the radio off!

Step 10: Once the download is complete, power the radio off and then back on again. Next is the most important step: You will need to go into your menu for the radio, click > utilities > radio settings > ContactsCSV, and turn it on.

Now your radio should be good to go! I think there are a few little things I would like for TYT to fix, but for the most part this is pretty awesome!! I like the display on it. It has the look of a pretty well-known firmware hack from the MD-380 days.

I installed this on my MD-2017 a few weeks ago and have been using it ever since. I also released my csv file containing over 64,000 contacts.

As always, my sales staff and I appreciate each and every one of our customers. We will continue to support you and the products we sell!

73,

Anthony R.
Sales Manager
www.buytwowayradios.com


July 7, 2017

TYT Correcting Production Problems with MD-2017 Programming Cable

With our first batch of TYT MD-2017's, we had a few customers call complaining of issues programming the radio. After some back and forth, we identified the issue as being a poor solder within the radio connector on the programming cable. Customers with this issue were not able read their radios from the programming software.

TYT has confirmed the issue, and are immediately working to correct the problem. We are told that all of our future shipments will have the updated cable, so if you order a radio or a cable from this point forward you won't have to worry about this issue.

This issue affected a very small number of customers (less than 3%), so we appreciate TYT's willingness to make the fix a priority.

The TYT MD-9600 Is Shipping Soon!


We (finally) have some good news to share about the MD-9600 from TYT. Anthony Roque, Sales Manager here at Buy Two Way Radios and co-host of The Two Way Radio Show, received a very positive update last night from TYT. Our demo unit of the much anticipated MD-9600 will be shipping out very soon!! This is not a test. I repeat, this is not a test. Assuming the demo units work as expected, TYT plans to start mass production at the end of this month.

For those of you that are not aware, things have been a little bumpy for this model since it was first announced in March, 2016. Initially slated for release last summer, this radio has seen delay, after delay, after delay. Well finally the end is in sight, which should be a relief to all of you with pre-orders.

With this announcement, TYT also confirmed a couple of changes from the initial announcement. The biggest and most exciting change is that the MD-9600 will be a dual band (UHF/VHF) radio instead of a separate version for each band. Unfortunately along with this there was a price increase. (Don't worry, if you've pre-ordered at the original price we will honor it!)

We are once again excited about this radio! Once it is received, Anthony plans to immediately load his code plug in to the radio and begin testing. Rick will also be posting a blog and a quick unboxing video as well.

We want to thank all that have been patient on this model. I know it has been very frustrating. Going on a year and a half since the announcement, we were starting to think we would see a unicorn ride in on a T-rex before this radio arrived.... Stand by!!

June 21, 2017

The TYT MD-2017 is here!

MD-2017-2.jpgThe rollout of the first dual band DMR handheld radio from TYT is without a doubt one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events of 2017 in the world of digital two way radios. We receive numerous e-mails, messages, phone calls and comments on our blog, Facebook page and YouTube channel from DMR radio enthusiasts everywhere every day, and all of them asking that same burning question: when will the MD-2017 arrive?

Well, the wait is officially over. The TYT MD-2017 is here!

We received part of our shipment yesterday June 20 and some our initial pre-orders were fulfilled at that time. The rest of them arrived today June 21, and all pre-orders are leaving our warehouse today. If you pre-ordered an MD-2017, your radio is now on its way. If you haven't pre-ordered, we are pleased to announce the TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Two Way Radio is now available for purchase for immediate shipment while our supplies last.

In addition, we now have the winner in our Two Way Radio Show TYT MD-2017 Guess the Date contest! This contest, first announced in episode #111 of the The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, asked contestants to guess when the MD-2017 would arrive at our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. The prize was a FREE MD-2017 radio! The runner up will receive a swag bag and a Two Way Radio Show T-Shirt.

We received a very large number of entries, making this the biggest contest in the six year history of our podcast. The winners are being notified and will be announced in episode #114 of the Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

If you haven't yet heard about the new MD-2017, you can get a first look at it up close in our extremely popular TYT MD-2017 unboxing video. You can hear a discussion about this brand new first-of-a-kind dual bander in episode #111 of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast.

Of course, if you have any other questions about the new TYT MD-2017, available accessories or any of our other products at Buy Two Way Radios, feel free to contact us.

June 7, 2017

New software converts MD-380 codeplug for TYT MD-2017

MD-2017 software-88.jpgThe TYT MD-2017 is one of the most eagerly awaited new radios of the year in the DMR community, and with good reason. It isn't just another digital radio. It's a dual band portable handheld DMR transceiver, the first of its kind.

Many hams using DMR who are fans of the popular single band TYT MD-380 are already planning to upgrade to the new dual band model. TYT manufactures both radios, so it's only natural to wonder if a code plug for the MD-380 will also work in the MD-2017, and if not, if there is a way to convert an existing MD-380 codeplug into one the MD-2017 can use.

We wondered about this as well. Sales Manager Anthony Roque from Buy Two Way Radios and the Two Way Radio Show Podcast, a ham who is active on DMR, has been working very hard with TYT for a long time now to design the MD-2017 programming software with the ability to allow our customers to take their codeplug from their MD-380 and use it in the MD-2017.

FINALLY, it is done. We just received the software this morning and Anthony is currently testing it with his radios. His initial assessment? According to Anthony, "So far so good ...as of right now it can be done." Of course, he will continue testing it throughout the day for bugs, but so far, it seems to be working. If all goes well, we plan to release it this afternoon at Buy Two Way Radios and update this article with a link to the download.

Update: The TYT MD-2017 software is now available!

There is one caveat. The software allows the MD-380 codeplug to work in the MD-2017. However, once the codeplug is uploaded to the MD-2017, it cannot be exported from the 2017 and loaded back into the MD-380.

TYT also released a new firmware update for the MD-2017 to accommodate the code plug conversion and fix a few bugs. The new firmware resolves the following:
  • Resolved an audio issue in repeater mode, when the same frequency is on both A and B sides and one is on time slot 1 and the other is on time slot 2
  • Under the Zone setting, the same channel can now be assigned for both A and B sides
  • The MD-2017 can open and use the data from the MD-380
  • In Digital Mode, the Monitor function can monitor the conversations in different group and single calls
TYT assured us the new firmware would be included with the radio when it arrives. We expect to receive the MD-2017 in our warehouse within the next two weeks.

Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized dealer for TYT in the USA.

Want to know more about the new TYT MD-2017? Check out our other resources!
TYT MD-2017 unboxing video
Two Way Radio Show Podcast #111 - The New TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR Digital Radio
New dual band DMR digital radio coming from TYT


March 27, 2017

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

This contest is now closed for entries. The radios arrived, we have a winner and the winner will be announced in episode #114!
Contest update: The MD-2017 is here!

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.