Category: TYT

Programming a TYT MD-380 from the keypad

It can be done. You just need to know the passcode to get into programming.

Press the green key on the left. Press the down arrow twice to get to Utilities.

Press the green key again to Confirm.

Press down arrow twice to get to Program Radio.

Press the green key again to Confirm

The passcode is 00000000 – that’s eight zeroes.

Now keep in mind you’re modifying the memory channel you were on when you first went to program the radio. Everything is pretty self explanatory. Just know that CTC is CTCSS codes for non-digital repeaters.

 

 

The Radio I most often carry with me

I love my little TYT MD-380. It’s the 70cm version and I’ve got a different antenna on it. It’s shorter than the stub duck that comes with it.

Plus there’s precious little DMR here in RI. But I do have the New England Code plug installed on the radio so when I travel into Boston I’ll have to see how DMR plays.

Finally problem solved

So on my MD-380 I had put the New England code plug on it. But I noted nothing in RI was included – no zone, no repeaters nothing.

So put in a bunch of repeaters – except years of experience bit me in the ass. You see I had known for example that 449.225 here in RI used to have a CTCSS code of 67.0 – not anymore. It changed. I was wondering why I could hear conversations on the repeater but could never trip the repeater myself. Wrong CTCSS. Teach me to check the online repeater directory next time.

That’s been solved so now the Quahog Net aka N1JBC Net is active on my MD-380 and one of the nodes on the KA1RCI net – one in West Greenwich, RI which is roughly 25 miles from here. I get perfect coverage from that baby here in Providence – so on 5W PEP on 70cm band I can hit a repeater 25 miles away from where I am.

But then I shouldn’t be surprised – one place I lived I was on the fourth story of the building and I could easily hit the Boston based repeater some 45 miles away.

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Got my TYT MD380 all programmed

Found the New England code plug for the radio. A code plug is basically a file with all the zones, repeater, simplex, etc. broken out. Plus I can add zones too.

That makes it really easy to program. Just open the code plug, connect the radio and write the data. Simple. Finding that New England code plug was hard though. Just go to the New England Digital Emergency Communication Network (NEDECN) and once there click on the DMR Downloads link on the left. Then click on DMR Code Plugs, and then Tytera (Which is TYT) and then select your code plug for either VHF or UHF. Then open the MD380-G software and then File/Open the code plug you just downloaded.

Connect your radio to the computer using the USB cable. Then Ctrl-W to write the code plug to the radio. So I now have MA, NH, ME and VT in my radio. And I’ll edit the code plug to hit the two DMR sites here in RI, one in Smithfield which is about 10 miles from me, the other in Bristol which is also about 10 miles from me as the crow flies.

And it works for me as I commute into Boston daily. So I’ll keep the MD380 with me too.

***UPDATE***

I had to program my call and DMR ID into the radio. It’s in the general settings.