DMR Page

VE6RYC is the first DMR repeater in Calgary and it is proving to be a very interesting addition to the amateur radio scene in Calgary. Thanks to CARA for getting it on the air! The information below is provded to help people get started with the world of amateur radio DMR.

Usefull Links

  • DMR-MARC Worldwide Network The Motorola Amateur Radio Club are leaders in the use of DMR technology for amateur radio.

  • VA3XPR Digital Radio VA3XPR's site has a lot of useful information on setting up DMR radios and repeaters.

  • CAN-TRBO Home provides general information about the DMR-MARC Canada CAN-TRBO Amateur radio network

  • DMR at Foxhollow This site focuses on the Tytera MD-380 radio: programming software, codeplugs, contact lists, getting started.

  • DMR Demystified Presentation Download this PDF file of a presentation given in November 2015 by VA3XPR.

  • Operating Your DMR Radio PDF file with information on using your DMR radio. Excerpts from a presentation by W2XAB.

The Tytera MD-380 DMR UHF radio has become popular as an entry level DMR radio with hams around the world. Several CCC members have these radios already. The codeplug below includes configuration for the DMR Repeaters in Calgary and Edmonton.

The MD-380 has multiple Zones with up to 16 Channels in each Zone. The Calgary codeplug above has 4 Zones: Calgary, Test, Edmonton, and Simplex.
The channels provide access to the local DMR repeater and to its various Talkgroups, as well as to 2 local Calgary FM repeaters (VE6EHX and VE6OIL).
The Talkgroups include Canada, North America, and World Wide. These Talkgroups are always linked. There are several other Talkgroups that are linked only when activated by a user. User activated links include TAC310 (a sort of "chat room"), UAE1 and UAE2 (which are English language world wide "chat rooms"), and several provincial Talkgroups (AB, BC, MB, ON, QC, and NB).

A firmware update is available on the VA3XPR site, on the Resources page (see link above). The version to look for is either D003.320 or D013.320, both dated December 19, 2016.
If the current firmware of the radio is D002.xxx or D003.xxx then use new firmware D003.320.
If the current firmware is D013.xxx then use new firmware D013.320.

Updated programming software is also available on the VA3XPR site, on the Resources page. Look for TYT Tytera MD-380 CPS v1.32 dated Jul. 16, 2016.

Contact Manager software is available. See: N0GSG CS700 Contact Manager NOTE: the CS700 software is compatible with the MD380 radio.

Enhanced Firmware for the MD-380

There are a lot of clever hams in the world! Some of them, in particular Travis Goodspeed, have turned their attention to the MD-380 DMR radio. The capabilities of the MD-380 have been greatly expanded through their efforts to create "experimental" firmware. The MD-380 Tools web site is a good place to start: MD380 Tools
A simple to use Windows program to "flash" the fimrware to the radio and then upload the user database can be downloaded from KG5RKI TyMD380 Tools The site also includes details of the new features and a video about the tools and how to install them.