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Old 07-12-2015, 9:00 AM
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ok cool, thanks for the info. I wonder if you program in an unknown digital trbo channel, if the radio will display the TG info and CC info on the screen, like a CTCSS/DCS search?
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ok cool, thanks for the info. I wonder if you program in an unknown digital trbo channel, if the radio will display the TG info and CC info on the screen, like a CTCSS/DCS search?
Remember that this radio is only a Tier 1 and Tier 2 radio. It is not a Tier 3 Digital Trunking DMR radio. Hence why it isn't extremely expensive. It will only do conventional DMR frequencies. You will need to find the color code and time slot ( for repeater access).
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ok, i am not to concerned with trunking, there are a few trunked trbo systems here in pittsburgh, pa, but i have them programmed into my vertex evx539 and hear them with no problem. I am considering getting one of these TYT radios. What do you like about the radio and what don't you like?
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Old 07-12-2015, 9:13 AM
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ok, i am not to concerned with trunking, there are a few trunked trbo systems here in pittsburgh, pa, but i have them programmed into my vertex evx539 and hear them with no problem. I am considering getting one of these TYT radios. What do you like about the radio and what don't you like?
I just recently ( past week) got one from that website mentioned above. Yes I really do like the radio and it is definitely worth the money for what your getting. The audio is unbelievably Crystal clear. I bought two of them cause even though the radio is great for monitoring channels I still want functionality of two way radio communications between another party ( family or friend). So I get the best of both worlds there.

Go and buy it. You wouldn't be disappointed trust me.
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Why in the world would you recommend the CS700 over the MD380?
For the very reasons I mentioned, but most especially the UI. The CS700 may have a small B&W LCD, but the font and icons are pleasant and efficient. The display on the MD-380 currently shows less information than the CS700, and looks terrible. And the GUI is clunky.

The FPP on the MD-380 is barely usable and only if you have a bank of extra channels to edit. It's almost easier to program a BaoFeng UV-5R.

I don't doubt that the MD-380 will get better, but the things that bother me most about it now, the font and the GUI in general, are less likely to change.

Still, the competition is good for us, and good for the industry. The future is bright.

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If the MD380 is only a "decent" radio, what's that make the CS700?
A very decent radio, IMHO.

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Old 07-15-2015, 9:38 AM
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Really?

So, I guess when open my SL7550 code plug in Motorola CPS 11, it actually opens in a totally different version of Motorola CPS (that got installed unbeknownst to me) because the radio does not have the same features as my XPR4550, which opens in a different version of CPS because it does not have the same features as my XPR7550? I was wondering where all my hard drive space went to! Many different versions of Motorola CPS installed in parallel and hidden from view, each to program a different radio.

Of course I jest, but the software for the CS700, the TYT MD380 and the Anytone AT-D858 is the same, only the code plugs are different, and the feature set in the code plug allow different features to be programmed by the same software.
I can't even get my laptop to recognize the cable or write to the radio...it keeps saying to check my cable.
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For the very reasons I mentioned, but most especially the UI. The CS700 may have a small B&W LCD, but the font and icons are pleasant and efficient. The display on the MD-380 currently shows less information than the CS700, and looks terrible. And the GUI is clunky.

The FPP on the MD-380 is barely usable and only if you have a bank of extra channels to edit. It's almost easier to program a BaoFeng UV-5R.

I don't doubt that the MD-380 will get better, but the things that bother me most about it now, the font and the GUI in general, are less likely to change.

Still, the competition is good for us, and good for the industry. The future is bright.



A very decent radio, IMHO.

Andrew, KC7RBW
Yes, the GUI is not laid out very well, ugly icons, no text scroll etc. But I have to say, the TX and Rx audio on this radio is incredible. It actually sounds much much better on TX than my Vertex VXD-720 ever did.
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I see a few places advertising a VHF version of this radio. Does it actually even exist? The only DMR amateur repeater in my area is on 2 meters.

I would have interest in one of these as a receive only for monitoring Eversource, our area power company, and a few hospital security frequencies without the need for being tethered to PC all the time and without the frustration of the AOR AR-DV1 I recently tested. It sounds to me as though this is possible provided one has the proper information that can be obtained via DSD+, or am I incorrect? If so, I would hope that such systems could be programmed as receive only?

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I see a few places advertising a VHF version of this radio. Does it actually even exist? The only DMR amateur repeater in my area is on 2 meters.

I would have interest in one of these as a receive only for monitoring Eversource, our area power company, and a few hospital security frequencies without the need for being tethered to PC all the time and without the frustration of the AOR AR-DV1 I recently tested. It sounds to me as though this is possible provided one has the proper information that can be obtained via DSD+, or am I incorrect? If so, I would hope that such systems could be programmed as receive only?

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I have heard of it. Never seen it. Even buytwowayradios.com which is a legit registered dealer for this radio as well as others doesn't offer the VHF version on the UHF 400mhz-480mhz.
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I use a first generation Hytera PD782, a CS700, and a PD362. The 782 gets good comments for the sound quality from other stations, and the CS700 is great considering the price difference. I have heard Motorolas that sound both good and bad. Some users have the idea that louder is better, and they tinker too much with the audio output and ruin their sound.
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For the very reasons I mentioned, but most especially the UI. The CS700 may have a small B&W LCD, but the font and icons are pleasant and efficient. The display on the MD-380 currently shows less information than the CS700, and looks terrible. And the GUI is clunky.

The FPP on the MD-380 is barely usable and only if you have a bank of extra channels to edit. It's almost easier to program a BaoFeng UV-5R.

I don't doubt that the MD-380 will get better, but the things that bother me most about it now, the font and the GUI in general, are less likely to change.

Still, the competition is good for us, and good for the industry. The future is bright.



A very decent radio, IMHO.

Andrew, KC7RBW

I disagree. The CS700 is the clunky one. Still waiting for promised features and new firmware a year later. Features are slow to roll out and new radios even slower.

At least when it comes to the MD-380, the TYT engineers are engaging in the Facebook group, and sending out firmware updates regularly to fix the issues the Hams find with the radio.

I would easily choose the 380 over the 700 at this point. It's a more solidly built product, and actually feels like it.

The CS700 feels forgotten.
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The 380 is impossible to read the screen in bright sunlight, while the 700 is no problem. Also the 380 has 2 wasted icons that take up plenty of screen space. People, & buildings take up space that could be used for names of channels, etc. Also changing zones is a joke on the 380. Should you need to go from zone 1 to 15, instead of going back 1 zone like on the 700, you have to scroll forward 15 zones to do this. Seems silly since the radio has an up, & down arrow. This is not a problem on the 700, as you can scroll in either direction. However, since TYT is coming up with FW updates all the time, I am hoping they fix these problems quickly.
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Was researching the CS-750 and MD-380 and made the decision late last night. Thanks to the many posts on the forum about both radios.
Ordered the MD-380 today and it was shipped on the same day. Great service from them!
http://www.buytwowayradios.com/produ...ra/md-380.aspx

Great videos showing the MD-380 on this youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/user/BuyTwoWayRadios/videos

too bad the software isn't available for download to start programming the codeplug before the radio gets here

P.S The MD-380 programming software is much better compare to the software for CS-750.

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too bad the software isn't available for download to start programming the codeplug before the radio gets here
Get the software here:

Programming Software & Firmware - VA3XPR - VA3XPR

Make sure to update the firmware on the radio if it is not at 2.03, but when you do it, do it in sequential order.
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The software is available for download. You can find it at the TYT website:
Software Download_TYT Electronics Co., Ltd, China Two Way Radios, Mobile Transceiver Handheld Walkie Talkies & Interphone

You can find the latest software and firmware at the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/992967007380548/

Software and firmware are also at the Yahoo Groups page:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/TYT-TYTERA/info

At this point I'd use 2.027 firmware, because the latest version (2.030) has some bugs TYT/Tytera is working out.

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Was researching the CS-750 and MD-380 and made the decision late last night. Thanks to the many posts on the forum about both radios.
Ordered the MD-380 today and it was shipped on the same day. Great service from them!
Tytera MD-380 DMR Digital Two Way Radio

too bad the software isn't available for download to start programming the codeplug before the radio gets here
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As I said in my post above, I would hold off on upgrading to firmware 2.030, as it has some issues. Tytera/TYT will have new firmware shortly. For now, upgrade to 2.027.

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I figure i will ask here rather than start a whole new thread.
Is the MD380 a good starter radio to get into DMR ?
I am in the los angeles area
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I figure i will ask here rather than start a whole new thread.
Is the MD380 a good starter radio to get into DMR ?
I am in the los angeles area
Yes...a very good starter radio for DMR. Also the CS750.
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Yes...a very good starter radio for DMR. Also the CS750.
does anyone know if there is DMR coverage in moorpark or simi valley with a HT?
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I figure i will ask here rather than start a whole new thread.
Is the MD380 a good starter radio to get into DMR ?
I am in the los angeles area
Best starter radio for the price. It is however a chinese made so there is some features that do suck. For example the charger light does stay on even after you undock the radio. Also the screen is very washed out in sunlight whereas motorola screens by in large don't have this issue as badly. Other then that it's a good starter DMR radio. Does have front panel programming which is nice and coverage is good and voice qualify with the AMBE 2 vocoder is superb.
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