The digital age has dawned, and it was only natural that the two way radio would come along. Unfortunately those who prefer digital over analog, adoption has been slow. For many businesses, the migration to from analog to digital is a long term process, and consumers in the FRS and GMRS arena, the digital radio has yet to become a reality. As for amateur radio operators, going digital depends on what you are doing with the hobby, and although a growing number of hams are getting on board the digital bandwagon, most are still in analog mode.
The primary reason? One word. Cost. Digital radios are traditionally and significantly more expensive than their analog cousins. Take business radios, for example. Compare the typical Icom analog handheld to a comparable Icom digital radio and the difference is easily several hundred dollars.
Not anymore. The game is about to change.
Now Tytera is turning digital radio on its ear with the launch of its MD-280 and MD-380 DMR digital portable radios!
Tytera has just released two new DMR radios that not only rival the typical $400 digital transceiver in features, it also rivals many analog portable handheld radios in price!
Tytera MD-280 - NOW AVAILABLE! The Tytera MD-280 is the basic model with not so basic features. It operates on up to 5 watts in both analog and digital modes on UHF 400-480MHz frequencies.
The MD-280 is compatible with any standard analog UHF radio compatible on the same frequencies. In digital mode, it uses TDMA Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 2 Standard protocol. for compatibilty with other popular DMR radios, including Motorola MOTO TRBO series Tier I and II with standard encryption.
The Tytera MD 280 does not have a display or keypad, but it does has 32 channels, two-color LED, a programmable function key, CTCSS/DCS, channel scan, priority scan, Double Priority Scan and English voice prompts. Other standard features include Private Call, Group Call, All Call, lone worker mode, power save mode, low power alarm, and an emergency alarm. The price: $189.99.
Tytera MD-380 - NOW AVAILABLE! This is the premium model that many DMR enthusiasts have been waiting for. It has all the primary features of the MD-280 plus a few more of its own. It has large a color LCD display, DTMF keypad, and 1000 programmable channels. It has all this for only about $10 more! Price: $199.99
The Tytera MD-280 and MD-280 are now available to ship from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios. Both models use standard Kenwood (K1) connectors, so there is an instant plethora of audio accessories to choose from. Other accessories such as a battery pack, car charger (aka battery eliminator), leather case and programming cable with software are also available to order.