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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Episode 108 – Debut of the Anytone AT-868UV Dual Band DMR HT

Anytone AT-868UV Dual Band DMR HT

Anytone has joined the ranks of the Dual Band DMR Radios, and released this AT0868UV.  This is a sample radio, but when the production run is released, the radio will boast 3000 channels and 160,000 contacts.  This is a neat little rig, and I enjoyed reviewing it.  I will probably start carrying it soon because the CPS has an import feature that allows you to import contacts and channels from a spreadsheet, so building a codeplug should be easy.


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Episode 107 – Debut of the TYT MD-9600 Dual Band DMR Mobile Radio

TYT MD-9600 Dual Band DMR Mobile Radio

Following up from the MD-2017 Dual Band HT, TYT now releases their long-awaited dual band mobile radio, the MD-9600.

Don’t mistake this radio for a fake dual band – there are actually 2 versions, but both are called the MD-9600.  The radio is available in UHF-only, VHF-only, or dual band; and the dual band version is only $20 more than the monoband.  I don’t plan to purchase or review the monoband at all, I don’t really see the point.  This is a dual band radio, and you can see both bands displayed and used in the video below.  New software is upcoming that will allow the user to import a codeplug from either the MD-2017 or the MD-380, one or the other – unconfirmed which yet.

A GPS version of the radio will be available later this year.

Download the CPS version 1.07 from this link

Purchase the radio from this link


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Episode 106: Digital Voice Modes Forum from Green Country Hamfest

Digital Voice Modes Forum from Green Country Hamfest

Recorded at the Green Country Hamfest in Claremore, OK, in 2017 – Matt, KC5DBH, gives his presentation on Digital Voice modes.  Unlike several earlier episodes in this series, Matt includes P25 and NXDN in his discussion that compares the modes.  He also talks about some of the local repeaters in Northern Oklahoma, which are used for all the modes presented.


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Episode 105: Field Day 2017

Field Day 2017

This year for Field Day, I did something different.  For the past few years, I have participated with the Hurst Amateur Radio Club, who sets up in a park and operates from battery and solar power.  I find this setup to be in the true spirit of Field Day.

This year I wanted to travel around and interview clubs that are top performers in the ARRL West Gulf Division, which includes Texas.  I spent most of my time in the South Texas Section, but I did stop drop by a couple of clubs in North Texas also.

First on the list was the MJARS club in Mansfield.  This club is usually in the top 1 or 2 spots for the North Texas Section.

Second was the Brazos Valley ARC, around the Houston area.  This club has taken 1st place in the West Gulf Division for the past 2 years in Field Day, 2015 and 2016.

Lately, the W5CT group that operates from Burnet, TX, has ranked as 2nd place for the previous 2 years.

I had fun with each of these clubs, all were welcoming and all allowed me to speak to them about their operations at Field Day.  Take a look at the video below.


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Episode 104: Elecraft Forum Presentation at Hamcom 2017

Elecraft Forum at Hamcom 2017

David, KG6IRW, from Elecraft at the 2017 ARRL West Gulf Division Convention, known as Hamcom. In this presentation, he talks about the new KPA1500 amp, the history of the K-line and KX-line radios, and what the company has learned from the many DXpeditions on which Elecraft has been represented.


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