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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


24 Comments

Anthony is the TYT man!!!

I downloaded the link from above which is version 1.15. There is no way to load a 380 code plug into the 2017 software. I get a message of WRONG MODEL. I also attempted to use the 2017 software and READ from the 380 with same message. I also attempted to open the 380 file to associate with the 2017.

How did you guys make it work?

works great. I have the MD-2107 for about an week and yes it works

You mentioned it has a Motorola multi-pin side connector. What type of motorola side connector does this use, an M3, M4, M5, or M7 connector? This really matters for anybody who uses headsets, hand-mikes, or other accessories.

When will the MD2017 start shipping?

I don't see anything in the specs or features about GPS or roaming. Is that for the next model?

Maybe I'm doing something wrong (very likely), but I've tried everything I could find (which is very limited) and cannot get this radio to scan, at least in the traditional sense with analog channels. I've set up scan lists, assigned a scan list to individual channels in the software, assigned channels to scan list (if you see the software, that should sense), and nothing. Is anyone having success scanning, or has anyone heard of this "undocumented and unexpected feature" popping up with these radios? Otherwise, really no complaints, great little radio. Audio is super clear and TX is stroooong!

Does this use the same battery/ charger as the MD390GPS?

did you assign a button to turn scan on as with the md-390?

I have loaded the software for the MD-2017 and I get a dfu mode error when trying to connect via the cable supplied. Any ideas how to work around this???? Not good with out it.

Hello: I received my MD-2017 radio this evening and proceeded to download the software with the link above. Post-install, my Webroot antivirus app flagged one of the installed files (cps-dmr.exe) with a hidden exploit "W32.Infostealer.OnlineGames.Gen"; another with W32.Downloader.Gen. Did your testing make these findings as well?

Hi I just got my MD2017 and am having problems with the software. I have 2 md380's that work great. I loaded 1 of the codeplugs from my computer into the 2017 software from the cd I have with the radio v1.16
and loaded it into the 2017. when I put it on a ch that is active nothing is coming in on the 2017 and it will not key up a repeater. the same codeplug is in both radios. any ideas what I am doing wrong?
thanks

I downloaded and installed the SW and attempted to read from the radio before I wrote to it. About 60% of the way through the read process it stopped with a "read data fail error". Any suggestions?

Hmm. Got a MD-2017 w/GPS. I tried to load the new s3.33.bin file. It completes, but the radio does not reset on its own.

I turn it off and when I turned it back on... "chaos" as the TYT instructions describe it.

I can read/write the radio data. It shows the "right" firmware -- I just can't read the display. :(

Set a new record -- 12 minutes from opening the box to having an non-functioning radio. :) :)

Anybody seen this?

Yes just had the same issue: Hold orange buttom and ptt down while turning radio on. Reload firmware. I loaded the Non-GPS firware and it works fine. Try that..

Got my MD-2017 none GPS unit up and running today. NOT impressed! Using software 1.17 latest and latest firmware found all kinds of issues!
Most screens in software allow import / export only (SOME) of theirs work! Next save your work every 5 minutes or less!!!! the 1.17 crashes when you go to program like clock work I'm in English and I get a Chinese crash screen. Next lets talk about TEXTING yes texting the software says TEXT message settings (BUT) it really sends out TMS messages NOT text messages like the big boys. Then the support department is really slow to respond if your lucky to get any. I asked about upgrading to the GPS firmware saw a blerb saying its just a firmware update got a what model it was in the email and what country and I'm still waiting for them to get back.. That's just my two cents Ive talked to MD-390 owners I should of bought one vhf one uhf for a few dollars more P.S. not happy with battery performance either.

Rick, I have installed CPS 1.17 and the radio came with the latest firmware, .033. I cannot get the MD390 code plug to upload due to the radio model available for upload is only the 2017. This is a huge codeplug and uploading it is the only practical way to get my codeplug. Help.

I purchased a TYT MD-2017 from you and (like a previous comment) I also cannot get the software to run (V1.16). My Webroot Anti-virus software stops it from loading because a file called "W32.Infostealer.OnlineGames.Gen" is apparently embedded in the executable file. Research indicates this is a 'Trojan virus" that captures login information for potential hackers. I tried loading the programing software (V1.16) from other sites and could not find one that wasn't trying to 'infect' my computer. Malwarebytes supposedly can remove this 'spyware' if you already have it on your system. If anyone finds the programing software somewhere that is not 'infected', I'd appreciate the link.

I want to update comments. The new CPS and firmware are functioning fine, and some radio operators may lack the skills to program for a DMR radio. I had a friend who is more experienced do all the updating and he had zero problems once he figured out the CPS requirements. He has now bought this radio as well.

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