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The Tytera DMR radios have arrived!

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!

MD280.jpgTytera 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.

Thumbnail image for MD380.jpgTytera 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.

6 thoughts on “The Tytera DMR radios have arrived!”

  • KShell

    We have a Hytera DMR system that is currently using a 10 character encryption key. Is this radio compatible?

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  • 40 bits key?
    what is algorithm ? DES or RC4?

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  • R Williams

    The encryption is software based. You can choose between Basic Privacy or Enhanced Privacy on the md-380.
    You set your keys under "Privacy" on the CPS and assign the encryption type and key via the channel information on the CPS.
    Basic enc- 16 bit keys (4 digit hexadecimal key)
    Enhanced enc- 128 bit keys (32 digit hexadecimal key)
    If you try to monitor a MD 380 Basic Privacy enabled call with another radio with no key (or different key) or DSD+ digital voice decoder , the TG/RID will display but no sound will be heard.
    If you try to monitor a MD 380 Enhanced Privacy enabled call with another radio with no key (or different key) or DSD+, the TG/RIF will display but garbled voice and noise will be heard.
    The encryption keys can be read off the radio if someone took your radio and read it with the CPS.
    You can password protect your radio with a programming lock and also a power up lock password.
    128 bit Enhanced Privacy is a good value for a Radio in this price range. I'm not saying it is AES, but I'd trust it more than Motorola MotoTRBO 40 bit Enhanced Privacy.

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  • Rick

    "In digital mode, it uses TDMA Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 2 Standard protocol for compatibility with other popular DMR radios, including Motorola MOTO TRBO series Tier I and II with standard encryption."
    While capable of analog operation, these are primarily digital radios and the encryption referred to is only available in digital mode. The DMR Tier 2 Standard protocol transmits packets, not analog voice signals, so there would be no voice inversion encryption or any other type of analog encryption method involved. The packets use encryption.

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  • Andrew

    I have the same question as Mike above. There are so many types of encryption and I'd like the same question answered. Thank you.

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  • Encryption as in Simple Voice Inversion? If so, can the security keys be changed via the software provided? Or is it fixed simple voice inversion encryption with these digital rigs? Confused as there's several encryption methods in two way radios. Clarification please..
    Mike.

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