DMR Codeplug for Tytera MD-380
At our radio club meeting on Monday night, I talked about DMR radio, the fastest growing digital format on VHF/UHF. Wow, did I get a positive response! There is a lot of interest in this topic and many of our members are out buying DMR radios and getting on the air. My presentation is available here: DMR W0TLM Meeting Presentation.
Most folks are buying the UHF Tytera MD-380 due to its attractive price point. The price on Amazon seems to fluctuate but it is typically around $100: TYT MD-380 – UHF DMR Ham Radio. Main Trading Company usually has a good price on the radio, too.
A good source of codeplugs for Colorado is the Rocky Mountain Ham Radio web site. I adapted a recent MD-380 codeplug for use in the Monument area: K0NR Rev 1 RMHAM_MD380_2017-10-28.rdt
You’ll need to use the MD-380 software to load/edit this codeplug. See the VA3XPR web site if you need the software. Under General Setting, you must change these entries:
Radio Name – enter your callsign
Radio ID – enter your DMR-MARC radio ID number
Intro Screen – recommend putting your name and callsign there (or whatever you want)
In the codeplug, I created the W0TLM zone for use in the Monument area which should cover most of your needs. After you get used to the programming software, you can add/modify channels and zones. But be careful as there are many parameters that need to be entered correctly.
I will be updating this codeplug from time to time. Let me know how it works for you.
73, Bob K0NR
Update 18 Nov 2017: I updated the codeplug to incorporate the latest RM Ham Radio repeaters. This is based on the latest RM Ham codeplug dated 28 Oct 2017. I highly recommend you adopt the TyMD380toolz so you can just pull all of the worldwide DMR radio ID database into your radio.
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Great presentation that puts the basics across really well. One small point that should be emphasised, perhaps. Codeplugs here in the UK list a whole bunch of different repeaters and other local parameters. I believe that the same is true for different localities in the US as well. It is important to recognise that the Rocky Mountain codeplug is for that area only and that folk need to find the right one for where they will be operating!
DMR is basically a commercial system, with big companies like Hytera and Motorola dominating it. The equipment is sent out in a “vanilla” form and needs to be programmed, rather in the same way that you load a word processor into a laptop before you can write a document. This allows it to be used in many different environments, such as construction sites.