Now the best part about all these radios – you can use the same code plug and make a few minor changes and be ready to use the radio. The CPS is the same in terms of layout – the only differences are the user programmable button settings under the “Buttons Definitions” menu as each radio has a different number of programmable buttons.

Some tools have been created to help with creating a code plug – please visit this website for more information – http://gb3gf.co.uk/downloads.html

As the trackball can be an issue on the HT-500D / RT82 / MD-2017, define P1 as “LEFT”, P2 as “RIGHT” and Side Button 3 as “SWITCH UP/DOWN SCREEN” – This now does all the functions of the trackball.

Below are the buttons that can be programmed for each group of radios.

HT-500D / RT82 / MD-2017 HANDHELD

MD-9600 / RT90 MOBILE

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Now there is also very little difference between programming a mono band and a dual band – a few different settings and different zone layout are the main items. Please have a browse through the mono band programming basics (https://dmrguideuk.wordpress.com/programming-basics/md380-md390-rt3-rt8/) as this will cover the majority of what you need to know – I’ve included the differences below.

General Settings – Additional features include being able to add more than one DMR ID. You can also set the mic level which is handy when using a fist mic. Now one important feature is the “Public Zone” feature – selecting this changes the zone on VFO A (top line) and VFO B (bottom line) where as deselecting this allows you to change each independently. Due to having dual VFO’s you have options for each as shown on the left. Call match is promiscuous mode.




Contacts – Unlike the mono band, you can export/import direct from the CPS into an Excel CSV file. This is becoming a standard feature for dual band radios since it became an essential “add-on” for the mono bands.


The Zone feature is different showing Member A (VFO A) and Member B (VFO B). Now as I tend to use the “dual zone” feature (Public Zone un-ticked) I add the same zones to A and B. If you use a “single zone” feature, then A will be VFO A (top line) and B will be VFO B (bottom line). Now there are some good uses for this – on a Phoenix repeater, you can add slot 1 talk groups to A and slot 2 talk groups to B – you can them monitor UK Wide and your regional talk group. You can have the same channels in both Members.


The Channels Information page is fairly similar – the screens are broken down into 3 sections – one for common analogue/digital settings (top left), one for DMR specific settings (top right) and one for analogue specific settings (bottom) – depending on if you choose analogue or digital, one of the specific setting areas will be greyed out.



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Also as per the mono band, you can import/export the channels into an Excel CSV file. If you have read the last section under the mono band programming basics which is regarding the exported files, there are a few differences such as where the relevant columns are. The frequencies include a decimal point, the CTCSS tones are in Hz.


A code plug is currently available for the handheld and mobile radios from the https://www.moonraker.eu/ website – this code plug covers the entire UK Analogue and DMR Repeaters by region and VHF/UHF Analogue and DMR Simplex frequencies.

Do not forget to change your DMR ID if you get a code plug from another source. Open the “General Settings” menu – on the top centre is “Radio Name” where most people put their call sign and below it is “Radio ID” where you need to add in your DMR ID number.