DMR Quickstart  





This page is designed to give the minimal (but important) details needed to program your 'Tyt MD-380 UHF' for use in South-West Ontario. This is not a guide on how to use Windows or how to use the radio itself.


WHAT YOU NEED:

  • DMR ID for your radio (See Step #5)
  • Tytera Tyt MD-380 UHF Radio
  • USB Programming cable
  • CPS - Customer Programming Software
  • Codeplug - Settings file for SW Ontario
  • Windows based computer

QUICK INSTALL STEPS:
  1. Download and Install the CPS
  2. Download Codeplug
  3. Plug cable into side of radio & into computer
  4. Run CPS, load the Codeplug
  5. CHANGE THE DMR ID on the General Settings screen [ CLICK HERE ]
  6. If you skipped Step #5, go back and do it now!
  7. Program, Write to Radio
  8. The radio is now ready for use - Enjoy!



DMR ID
DMR radios transmit their ID with every transmission. The ID is not a callsign. The ID is a 7-digit number that is assigned to you for use in your radio. Every radio must have an unique ID. If 2 radios start using the same ID at the same time, the network will get confused and the radio will probably not work correctly.

A list of currently assigned IDs can be found here [ DMR Contacts ]

You can request an ID for your radio by going to the following website: [ dmr-marc registration ]

THE RADIO
In South-West Ontario, most (if not all) of our DMR repeaters are UHF. The radio is a mono bander. Two versions exists, VHF and UHF. Make sure you purchased the UHF version of the radio.

The radio can be found on [ ebay ] as well as most China Import shops.

Many of us have ordered the radio from [ 409shop.com ] for about $200 (shipping included).

Check out this site: [ Tytera TYT MD-380 DMR portable radio review ]

USB PROGRAMMING CABLE
I would not recommend attempting to program the Tyt-MD380 without a computer. The cable adds about $10 to the cost of the radio and most vendors include it as part of the deal. Make sure you order a cable with your radio!

NOTE: Although the cable looks like the same cable used in Baofeng radios, it is NOT compatible. The connector is the same but the internal wiring of the cable is completely different.

Make sure you order a cable with your radio! (Yes, I said it twice - take the hint!)

SOFTWARE (CPS)
CPS = Customer Programming Software. The CPS has been designed to work specifically with the MD380. You cannot use the CPS designed for other models of radios.

The CPS is available as a FREE download from here [ download CPS ]

IMPORTANT: Make sure you use YOUR ID in the General Settings before you program your radio. Take a look at this screen shot for more information [ Screenshot of CPS ]

SETTINGS (Codeplug)
"Codeplug" is Motorola's fancy way of saying "settings for your radio". The Codeplug contains the required information to use the radio in your area. It contains the list of repeaters and their unique parameters to use those repeaters.

You can download the MD380 file for South-West Ontario from here: [ download Codeplug ]

TIP: If you put ID+callsign into your radio's contact list, their callsign will be displayed on your radio screen when they transmit (otherwise you see their 7 digit DMR ID). The codeplug found on this website has all known Canadian IDs pre-loaded into the contact list. As of 2015-Nov-18, all 725 Canadian IDs are present in the codeplug.

A local ham describes why we need codeplugs [ HERE ]

COMPUTER
The software is available for Microsoft Windows. I am not aware of a Mac OSX or Linux version of the software. The software uses very little of your computer's resources. Any recent desktop or laptop/netbook should be sufficient to program the radio.

WHAT About dPMR or NXDN?
Many have noticed that cheap digital-modes radios are available using the [ dPMR protocol ]

Can we use them on DMR repeaters?
Quick answer: NO!

The Long answer involves discussing TDMA versus FDMA. For more information I suggest [ Google ]

DMR is used in North America
dPMR is mostly used on the other side of the planet.

dPMR is best considered the PAL of Radio whereas we are using the NTSC of Radio
You would not use an AM radio to listen to FM...
You would not use BETA tapes in a VHS machine...
Do not expect to use dPMR radios on DMR repeaters.

MORE INFORMATION
A Yahoo Group exists where people get together to discuss their radios.

You can view the messages here: [ Yahoo Tyt Group ].

"VA3XPR - Toronto's Digital Ham Radio Repeater Connection" is an excellant site for local information and radio reviews [ VA3XPR ]



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