Episode 185: TYT MD-UV380 Firmware Updates for 2019

Episode 185: TYT MD-UV380 Firmware Updates for 2019

Since the new FCC rules are out for locking down radios from China, to prevent them from transmitting outside of the Amateur Radio bands, TYT has made some updates to the 18.03 firmware. Take a look at this video to see how to “unlock” your TYT MD-UV380 or MD-UV390 radio with this firmware.

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37 thoughts on “Episode 185: TYT MD-UV380 Firmware Updates for 2019

  1. Hi. K7BM

    Great website .
    New uv380 out of the Box . Password all 9 msg reads wrong password. Use all 0 is good But you are still

    Locked out. Do I need to load code plug first. ? !This was not clear . Thanks del/spokane 73

    1. Shouldn’t need a codeplug first, but in all the years I’ve dealt with TYT DMR radios, I haven’t ever seen one that has 0’s for the password. It sounds like you have a model that was previously owned and someone changed the password, or perhaps you have some kind of custom firmware on it. Since the password has been changed on your model, I suspect other things might be also. Contact the place you got the radio.

      1. I have same problem bought the radio second hand and cant reprogram it as it asks for a password and the previous owner wont give me it. Can anyone help

  2. Hi. I have two tyt mduv380. One is a yr old and works fine. The new mduv380 I rcvd from you is giving me a migrain.

    So here is the glitch. With mduv380 software I see the error msg wrong model.

    If I use md390 software I can read the software from the new ht but I can not write to it…..

    My tyt md390 and my tyt mduv380 both communicate with out any errors .

    I watched your passwd routine a couple of times. Radio remains locked . Do I need a newer usb cable to use this new ht.
    Thanks. Pass a long any thoughts you have. 73 del k7bm

    1. There are 2 types of software, GPS and non-GPS. It doesn’t matter if the software name is for a 380 or 390, they are the same. So make sure you are using a GPS version.
      The unlock has nothing to do with the USB cable. You have the hold the buttons down while powering on the radio, and hold them until the boot screen finishes.

  3. What about the MD-9600 All of my entered vhf frequencies transmit and receive at 150.000 Mhz the UHF ones seem to be ok?

  4. I’m having the same kind of problems on my MD-9600 the programmed VHF frequencies transmit and receive at 150.000Mhz the UHF Frequencies seem to work

      1. i got a hold of Radioddity they immediately send me a link to a file that you could use to set the radio to the proper frequencies. The radio is shipped “locked” for FCC compliance.

  5. Just spent a complete Saturday trying to get my new md-uv380 working properly. So looking forward to working DMR. Its current state is CPS v01.10, Hardware v02.01 and MCU v018.003.

    The two button & power on unlock only works on the UHF side not the VHF side. The VHF side will not Tx below 150Mhz. Have verified this condition via frequency counter.

    Please tell me I have just missed something stupid. Any help would be appreciated.

  6. Hi again. I did finally get a code plug and I ended up getting a jumbo hotspot so I can use it since I only have one dmr repeater within 75 miles of my location. Luckily I can now get into the same room as my semi-local repeater. I have the MD-UV380 like your video above and I have another question. Have you tried any after-market firmware on this radio? I tried but I could not get it to boot up after it loaded successfully. (It would not come out of programming mode when I would turn it off and back on, it would just flash red-green.) Any ideas there? I was able to downgrade my firmware to v17 from v18 to get the radio to work again. v18 is not even available on the tyt website. Well, thanks again for any help or insight you may be able to give me.


  7. THANK YOU!!!!! Was going over the codeplugs..over and over….calling it names, cursing peoples ancestors. Voodoo too. This fixed it (the buttons).

  8. Hey Guys,

    Still stuck on the same problem. VHF will only TX >= 150Mhz. Is this something unique or do I need to send the radio back to the seller. Have requested help in several groups and sent an email to TYT (nothing). The 2 button power up works on the UHF side but no joy on VHF. Mike Cage – N4YFV

  9. I recently purchased my first DMR, a TYT MD-UV380 w/ GPS (i regret not buying it from Grapevine…) anyway, i followed your video hoping to solve a couple of problems. 1. the CPS1.10 software doesn’t give me the GPS options for my DMR channels and 2. I am only showing the capability of storing 10,000 contacts, not even enough for all US users, not to mention the 20 or so TG’s I’d like to have saved… any suggestions or avenues I should track down?

    1. Did you read a fresh codeplug from the radio into the CPS? If so, then you do not have a GPS radio if you don’t see GPS options. IF not, then you need to read from the radio you have so that the CPS knows which version it is.

      For the contacts, you need to load the CSV version of the firmware.

    2. I’m thinking I might have stumbled on to the reason you’re having this problem. I think that when a PO flashed the firmware, they chose the GPS-REC version, instead of the CSV-GPS version. S18.16 BIN file = GPS-REC, and P18.16 BIN = CSV-GPS. Therefore, if you want to utilize CSV (comma separated values) file with 100K contacts, you must use the “P” bin file. If you prefer the ability to record, then you must select the “S” bin file and will lose the ability to utilize CSV files. I realize tis is over a year later and you’ve probably sorted this by now, but, just in case…

  10. Thank you, my team can now operate in all vhf and uhf bands. Now it detected another problem updating the firmware. My equipment does not switch from MR to VFO despite having well configured “freq / channel mode = freq” I am using a backup codeplug you previously switched correctly between MR and vfo, now the problem is reproduced when upgrading from S017.005 to S18. 09. What can happen?

  11. Wish I had known about you before I ordered my TYT MD-UV380 with GPS. I am having a problem the supplied Software CD comes back Wrong Model Radio. They have 3 or 4 on their site, but it is as if they all hit a “DUH” With my problem. Do you know which on line Software I need for this radio?

    1. 380 or 390 doesn’t matter. Use the GPS version if you have a GPS radio or the non-GPS version if you have the non-GPS radio. That is all that matters.

  12. Hello I bought a tyt md-380 from someone I no they have programmed it themself but if I try reprogram the radio it asks for a password and idk how to get passed this is there any other way to bypass this

  13. Just bought a used MD-UV380 GPS and am having problems (just like everybody). I’m not having any luck with utilizing PNW code plugs, nor can I upgrade the firmware. Every bit of firmware I can find does NOT have the upgrade.exe file associated within the zip/rar, etc. The TYT888 site seems to be either useless or I’m an idiot and cannot figure out what to get from there. Also, some of the instructions are…a little off. Your video and others out there have taught me how to upgrade the firmware, but not where to get the program… please help.

  14. I have an MD-UV380 that I just bought. I flashed using the 18.11 bin file, now all I have is lines of gibberish (look like some kind of pattern instead of letters) on all screens, anyway to get this back to a useable form?

    1. If you see gibberish data, you may have forgotten to put the radio in DFU mode before flashing a new firmware.

      To put the radio in DFU mode:
      turn on the radio with PTT + button above PTT. The Led should be flashing red + green and black screen.

      You can now flash the firmware!

      To quit DFU, turn off the radio.

  15. Jason – enjoy your site and hope you can help elevated the frustration with the TYT MD UV380. I have had this radio for more than a year. Every couple of months, when rested and want to get myself in a foul mood I charge the battery and make another attempt to get this handheld to work. Well, I am is a right foul mood tonight. I have spent the last 6 hours fighting this thing and further behind than when a started this morning. I have zero idea how to get this thing configured on my Win 10 box. I can’t find the proper firmware for this model, my computer says the drivers are not compatible, I don’t have the Program Radio option under Radio Settings. It’s back in the drawer and will pull it out when I want to ruin another beautiful day. Until that time do you have a video or a site that can step me though getting this brick to work? How can this be so difficult?

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