Radioddity GD-77 DMR Dual Band Handheld Review/Overview

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KJ4YZI, Oct 25, 2017.

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  1. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    The name might turn you off from the previous model such as the GD-55, however this unit is different. It IS true Tier2, it is dual band, and AFFORDABLE.. MD380 and 390 are great and affordable, but this gives you 2 bands, and just a whole new radio over the TYT series. The video will explain about the radio, and a short on air demo. No color screen, but a fully functioning radio at a good price nontheless. Link is in the description of the video for purchase.


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  2. W4RAV

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  3. W9JTC

    W9JTC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Interesting radio!!! Can't beat the price point for the features. I currently have an MD-380 and love it. Only have UHF DMR in the area where I am but if that changes might have to take a look. Great review.
     
  4. KB9MWR

    KB9MWR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Personally I'd stay aware from Radioditty. These are the clowns that cooked their own firmware that made a non-TDMA radio sorta work with DMR repeaters. Problem was it jammed both time slots, as it wasn't TDMA (uses a HC3000 chip instead of HC5000)

    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/13082
    https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/56b688/radioddity_gd55_dmr_ht_consumer_alert/

    Other options include:

    HT's:
    AnyTone D868UV (AT-D868UV)
    TYT MD-2017
    Radioddity GD-77
    Retevis-RT82
    Ailunce HD1

    Mobile:
    TYT MD-9600
     
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  5. VE3TMT

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    I've had a GD-77 for about four months now and have no issues whatsoever. There is a Facebook group that regularly gets input from the company with firmware updates on a regular basis. I use mine with a Zumspot and Pi Zero W and had many QSO's around the globe and received excellent audio reports on all. I can also use it on the local analog repeaters without issue. I paid $86.99 USD, and don't regret it for one minute.
     
  6. KA1AAA

    KA1AAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    But is it FCC Type accepted ?
     
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  7. N4DMH

    N4DMH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have the issue that it doesn't decode my MMDVM Hot spot very well... And when talking directly to it via a MD-380 the audio is very poor...

    Any suggestions? Seems some people are really happy with it.

    73,
    Dennis
     
  8. K5VOU

    K5VOU Ham Member QRZ Page

    It only has an FCC sticker with no reference to any part of the FCC regs. Not sure the FCC is looking at Chinese imports very hard. Just file a Form 740 with customs.
     
  9. KA1AAA

    KA1AAA Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK. I can buy that explanation.... I think in the past Chinese radios have been Type accepted for commercial use. Which gives way for them to be used on the amateur bands but here is the caveat. If you program one of these radios with both services, ham and commercial you are in violation of the FCC rules. The use can be one or the other not both. You can RX on both without conflict but the minute you allow TX on both services you are in violation and subject your license to revocation. Now maybe I interpret this all wrong, kinda new at this.
     
  10. N8VIL

    N8VIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    If your only using for the amateur radio service the radio does not need FCC type acceptance.
     

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