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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
  • 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
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
Loading of DTMF
autodialer memories
16 autodialer memories
13 HYPER Hyper Memory Enable/disable automatic writing
feature of Hyper Memory
14 KEY.MOD Key Functions Selects key functions for
"right" band function switches
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
30 TONE F CTCSS Tone Frequency Sets CTCSS tone frequency 50 standard CTCSS tones
31 TONE M CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode Mode Sets the encode/decode mode OFF/ENC/ENC.DEC/DCS
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
34 WID.MID.NAR Mic Gain and Deviation Select bandwidth to reduce
mic gain (and deviation)
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
39 5TONE 5-Tone memory channel Assign 5-Tone autodialer
memory channel
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. You can also watch our video Radio 101 - How to Reset the TYT TH-9800.

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.

19 thoughts on “TYT TH-9800 features and programming menu options”

  • David

    How do you scan for CTCSS code?

  • larry stewart

    I have 53 memory channels in the radio but they have disappeared. I must have pushed a wrong button. I can figure out how to recover the memory channel display.

    • Rick

      You will need to go to DSP.MOD in the menu (option 9) and set the Memory Channel Display Mode to DSP.NAM, then save the option.

  • Barry

    You have to do it in the programming program. There is a location there that gives a range of settings.
    It is under Basic Settings top right side. While I am here, I cannot set up the microphone P1 to P4 buttons.
    It goes through the motions but the buttons do no operate.
    Any ideas ?

  • Palitha Alahakoon
    Palitha Alahakoon March 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    I have purchased this radio in 2017 February it was work properly. since last Saturday strat, the beep tone burst during PTT and transmitter part is not working and unit getting heat current consumption also increased.
    anyone can help me

  • Kris

    Is there a way to unlock the 66 - 88 and 220 - 260 MHz frequencies on the TH-9800?

    KEITH ANDERSON April 21, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Does anyone know if the 2 VFOs on the TYT TH-9800 can be programmed independently via CHIRP? My experience is that a download from CHIRP programs both channels identically.



  • Raul

    Someone knows how to access the service menu and be able to change the power levels as it is done with the yaesu ft-8800. I would like to lower the power: low 0.01w, mid2 1w, mid1 7w, high 50w.
    Thank you.

  • Shaun

    How do I get the radio to read/write to/from the programming software?

  • DK3UL

    i am using the TH-9800 with Serial-Number 1801Axxxxx.

    I have a problem with the “Programmable Memory Scan”:
    When for example Channel L1 / U1 is programmed 145.000 MHz / 145.500 MHz and scanning stops on a busy channel, for example 145.325 MHz.
    When I now stop scanning by PTT or the SCN-Key, because I want to talk on 145.325, the display goes back to 145.000 (channel L1).
    And the only way to go to 145.325 MHz is, manualy tuning!!!

    Do you have an idea, which can solve this problem???

    With greetings from Germany

    Peter (DK3UL)

  • Rick

    The TYT TH-9800 does not operate on the 4m band and it is not supported on the US version.

  • luis b

    when I change from 6 mtr to 4 mtr (edit f11 and passcode 9800tyt) I just get a beep. Can I set to 72.000mz?

  • IAN Rabbitt


  • Antony

    Does this transceiver have reverse repeater, so incase of interfierence i can check ?

    ERNESTO RIBAS GARCIA April 21, 2018 at 3:08 am

    como activar tono 1750,0

  • Rick

    Sorry, we are located in the US and do not have a French language manual for the TYT TH-9800. You may need to contact TYT directly.

  • gerard

    bonjour je recherche la doc en français du TH 9800 merci

  • Larry Duls

    How do I turn off or lower the very loud beep. When I am scanning. Bandit hits on an active freq. I actually. Hurts my ears

  • clayton dungey
    clayton dungey June 14, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Is the th9800 capable of 'zones' , like the vx-6r? With that many memory channels, sure would make it easier. tnx.
    Clay w8jvv


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