Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Tytera MD-9600 Dual Band, Dual Mode Transceiver

The Tytera MD9600 VHF - UHF mobile transceiver operating in both Analog FM and DMR mode. Operation is from 136 - 174 MHz and 420 - 480 MHz. RF transmitting power is around 46 - 50 watts on VHF and appox 45 watts on UHF. The display is clear and sharp. The advanced TDMA technology and DMR Tier II is compatible with Motorola TRBO and DMR Tier II. There are 250 zones available with 16 channels for each Zone. Advanced features include CTCSS/DCS, channel scan, priority scan, short text message features, DTMF mic and VOX. The radio is available as the updated latest series II from Martin Lynch & Sons. Series II has addressed all of the issues that were present on the original model. The  reviews would seem to praise this radio at the end of  the day. The Retevis RT 90 is exactly the same radio rebranded. 


What is in the Box

The Tytera MD 9600
The mounting Bracket
12V Power Cable
User Guide
Driver and Software CD
Programming Cable

The MD9600 was specifically designed with the Radio Amateur in mind. The radio is capable of running full power as it has a heavy duty heat sink and built in fan. Anyone who has a Tytera Dual Band Handheld  radio will be relieved to know that it is possible to import the existing code plug to get the radio on air quickly.
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Receiver

The receiver has very good sensitivity on both analog and digital modes with good clear, loud and undistorted audio. Whilst not a big deal, in my opinion, the audio is a little on the treble side but when an external speaker is added the quality is a great improvement. Most mobile radios suffer from this problem so really nothing to worry about.

Transmitter

The power levels are consistent across the ranges 136, 174 MHz and 400 - 480 MHz. The radio has four power settings on VHF 5, 8, 18, and 45 Watts, and on UHF 5, 9, 16, and 40 Watts.

Firmware

The MD9600 is fully upgradeable and from time to time new upgrades become available and this process is easy enough to perform. This essentially keeps the radio up to date.

Programming

Like all DMR Radios, this one has to be programmed with channels of choice. This is not an onerous task and following conventions on the EI5DD website it will be easy enough with practice. Start simple with a handfull of channels on each Band and then expand. The important thing is to get it up and running as quickly as possible. If you are not willing to program your own radio, it should be possible to obtain a Code Plug from your own coverage area. Do not be afraid to ask as most operators are only too glad to assist another on the air. 

Whilst it is possible to program from the microphone keypad, this is fine in an emergency but cumbersome and frustrating in normal useage.

Downloads

The latest Software and Firmware packages may be downloaded  >>> Here

Where possible keep the radio's Firmware up to date when updating the Firmware download the most recent version of CPS as well.

This is an excellent radio which ticks all the boxes as  high quality mobile radio. The issues encountereed in the earlier series of MD 9600 have been resolved.

If you wish to change the colour of the LED backlight for the screen  >>> Here

Notes on Programming the CPS for this Radio may be found on the EI5DD Pages >>> Here

A Code plug for the Galway area will shortly be available from Steve EI5DD