Episode 109 – TYT MD-2017 Updates and Upgrades

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR HT

TYT’s first attempt at a dual band DMR HT wasn’t 100% successful, but if you remember correctly, neither was the MD-380 when it first dropped.

The MD-2017 is still being sought-after and used by many Amateurs.  Some common problems (about a 8-10% failure rate) are the antenna connector, a bad display screen, and buttons on the radio that do not work.  I have seen maybe 3 radios with the bad display, and only 1 with buttons not working.

TYT is pretty good about addressing these issues.  In this video I show how to change out the bad antenna port, and then we do a firmware upgrade on the radio.  Both actions are fairly straight-forward.  Watch the video to learn more.


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6 Responses to “Episode 109 – TYT MD-2017 Updates and Upgrades”

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  1. Joe Szperlak N2OAD says:

    Hey Jason, Love your videos! Your doing a great job! I’m wondering if in upcoming episodes your going to demo the Radioddity GD77 and maybe eventually have a DMR Dual Band “Smackdown” (Pros/Cons) of all the dual band models to see which is the overall best. Also, maybe you can have Ty KG5RKI on an episode to demo what he has been doing with the firmware and his DMR Track website and John Miklor about how he developed his Baofeng Information website. Just some ideas for you. Thanks for listening and keep up the good work. 73’s

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks for clarifying the wood name placard was for you desk, for a second I thought it had pin on the back for your shirt 🤣😂

  3. Scott McCay says:

    Glad you like the Walking Cane. Hope you always enjoy it. I always enjoy your shows, reviews and Nets that you participate in. Thanks for all you do! Keep up the important work…


  4. Matt VK2DAG says:


    Do you have any information on the “Buttons not working” issue? My MD-2017 is doing this fault and it’s driving my nuts. I have the GPS version and the latest 100,000 contact firmware. I have dropped older firmware into it and the original shipped CPS with no success. The only way I can change channels or zones is with the trackball.

    Have searched high and low and your post is the only one that mentions this issue.



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