|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||8 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||MD-2017|
|Batteries||Lithium Metal batteries required.|
|Display Type||TFT LCD|
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TYT MD-2017 Dual Band Tier I & II DMR/Analog Radio 136-174MHz & 400-480MHz, Up to 3000 Channels, Color Display, with Programming Cable and Software. Ship from USA Only
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TYT MD-2017 is a Dual Band DMR/Analog radio, Compatible with Mototrbo Tier Ⅰ & Ⅱ Dual time slot, Frequency Band:136-174 & 400-480MHz, Up to 10000 Contacts, 3000 channels, 250 Zones, 64 Channels in each Zone, IP67 Waterproof, Use Time-Division Multiple-Access, (TDMA)digital function Dual time slot for repeater, Lone worker, Encryption function, Single/group/all call, Analog and digital combined Dual Standby, Remote kill/stun/activate, Comply with digital protocol ETSI TS 102 361-1,-2,-3, Color LCD display, Transmit interruption, Private/Group call match off = Promiscuous on, Digital and Analog Monitor mode, Voice Record, Voice prompt (Channel Announcement), CTCSS/DCS, Emergency Alarm, VOX, TOT, Talk around, Squelch, Keypad lock, LED Indicator, Password Lock, Clock (with time zone), Firmware upgradeable, Package Includes:, 1 x TYT MD-2017 Dual Band Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), 1 x USB Programming Cable, 1 x Antenna, 1 x Li-ion Battery 2200mAh, 1 x Belt Clip, 1 x Charger, 1 x Adapter (Input:110-250V 50Hz), 1 x User's Manual, To fully utilize all the features you have to use Windows PC to program this radio. Not Compatible with CHIRP and RT systems software.
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My reason for purchasing this radio was because I was having to carry two radios to get the coverage I wanted. My hope was that I could get down to carrying just one.
There are no VHF DMR repeaters in our area, but a number of UHF DMR repeaters, so I have been carrying a UHF DMR radio (MD380) and a dual band HT (usually an Anytone).
I just got the radio working today, so here are my initial comments.
1. The two front panel switches are rocker switches. Press the top for P1 and P2 and the bottoms for Menu and Back.
2. The roller ball allows moving around menus and selects Bank A (UHF) by rolling up or Bank B (VHF) by rolling down. Rolling left or right selects the channels in the active bank.
3. There are three switches on the left side besides the PTT, all of which are programmable for up to two functions.
4. The antenna has a very large base with the SMA female on the radio. Other antennas may fit, but not sit securely on the body of the radio. This may affect waterproofing and the strength of the radio.
5. 64 channels per zone for UHF and 64 channels for VHF! The channels go into an A (UHF) side and a B (VHF) side.
6. Scan lists are limited to 31 channels.
7. Have a small phillips head (#0 or #1) with a narrow shaft available for installing the belt clip. A pair of tweezers will also help.
8. The screws on the programming cable and connector cover are now captive! No more losing screws. Unfortunately, this means needing a flat-bladed screwdriver handy. A thumbnail may work, if you're willing to risk breaking it.
1. 64 channels per zone per band. No more 16 channel limit requiring switching zones when driving across town.
2. Dual band. No more carrying two radios just to have DMR and dual band capability.
3. DMR performance appears to be on par with the MD390.
1. Fixed bands mean you can't monitor two VHF or two UHF channels at one.
2. The roller ball is hard to control! While selecting A or B, it's easy to change the channel as well.
3. The antenna mount means it'll be harder to use alternate antennas. I usually use Nagoyas on my radios, but I guess I'll leave the stock antenna in place for now.
4. The CPS does not differentiate between UHF and VHF channels, so you can mix them up when programming zones, but it won't work in the radio. It would be helpful if the CPS would only display valid channels for the VHF and UHF sides.
For those combining VHF and UHF codeplugs, you may want to try the N0GSG Contact Manager. I was able to load my MD390 codeplug directly into the MD2017 CPS, so I tried loading my MD390 UHF codeplug into the contact manager, then using the import from codeplug option to load in the channels from my CS751 (VHF). The combined codeplug was then loaded into the MD2017 CPS and downloaded into the radio. It worked!
To avoid using the trackball to change channels and A/B, I programmed the Side Buttons 2 and 3 to "Right Key" (Channel Up) and "Left Key" (Channel Down). I programmed P1 Long Press to "Switch Up/Down Screen" which selects A or B. This allows me to avoid the trackball except when using the menus. You can also program P1/P2 to use for channel changes.
I tried using the Zone Select as a programmed key, but it put me into a strange menu from which I needed to use the "Back" key to exit.
I can't guarantee that this procedure will work for all users, but it saved me hours of reentering channel information.
You can download the CPS from various sites to have your codeplug ready when your radio arrives. It will give you a chance to decide on things like function key options, etc. in advance.
I will update this as I have more experience with the radio. Currently, my only real objection is the roller-ball control on the front panel. I would have preferred the older button-based interface.
The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was because the HT is bigger and heavier than its predecessor (MD-380) - and the little miniature trackball control on the MD-2017 is a little flakey - though workable.
Still like it a lot though and it's a keeper!
I can pick up DMR frequencies perfectly from home and the analog frequencies also sound far clearer than on my Baofeng.
My only complain about the radio is the channel knob. It would have been much nicer to simply have a button there because the knob occasionally gets accidentally moved and it changes the channel. So far I haven't found a way to just disable that button. Maybe make this take a little more force to move or add a way to lock it? Better yet, just replace with some buttons.