Brand new GD-77 had 1 year old firmware

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Just a quick FYI for anyone using the Community CPS.

I recently tried to load a codeplug into a brand new GD-77, only to find that the CPS would not upload to the radio.

On closer inspection, I found that it was running firmware 2.x (I can’t remember the precise version, it was probably 2.6.something).

So the first thing I had to do was update to the latest firmware (3.1.6).

I find it very odd that somehow people are receiving what are supposed to be brand new GD-77 which must have been manufactured some time last year, yet other people receive radios with more versions of software which are totally up to date.

 

I can’t think of a logical reason why this could have happened.

 

So, next time you can’t use a brand new GD-77 check its firmware, it could be 12 months out of date !

4 Responses

  1. B. D. S.
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    I just received a warranty replacement unit from Radioddity last Monday and I too found the firmware was old in my new unit. I didn’t even try to load my code plug as I was fully expecting this and just went right for the firmware upgrade as soon as I pulled it out of the box. I have just made this a habit for all electronics from new radar detectors to Android watches.

  2. Roger Clark
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    Interesting 😉

    I know some people are reluctant to do a firmware update as soon as they get any device, just in case it “bricks” it.

    But I think the converse is true, and people should probably update straight away, and if the update fails they have better grounds to return it.
    Rather than perhaps 3 months later, when they will have less consumer rights and less practical recourse.

  3. B. D. S.
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    Very true Roger… Knock on wood, I’ve never had any device brick on me when doing it’s first firmware update right out of the box; but I’m sure my day is likely coming. I’ve recently discovered an issue in digital mode that I was unaware mine had. When using a code plugged digital channel (using 64 encryption) when I send. Message from my radio (portable 1) to let’s say radio 2 (portable 2), radio 2 along with all other GD-77’s on that channel get my message and the reply to my message goes the my radio 1 along with all other GD-77’s on the channel. I’ve spent HOURS trying to get this to work and am now thinking I might just live with it. If anyone out there has any experience with the messaging working like I think it should work (ie. When I type a message and sent it to a specific radio, only that radio should receive it) please give me a shout. Thanks!

  4. Roger Clark
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    I can’t help on the encrypted messages. I only use DMR for amateur radio and encryption is not allowed.

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