MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by G4EML » Wed Jan 18, 2023 8:58 pm

With the V2.1 PCB you should be using either the MD9600_firmware_V1HW or the MD9600_firmware_V2HW firmware. The only difference is the backlight dimming.

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by VK3KYY » Wed Jan 18, 2023 9:22 pm

G4EML wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 8:58 pm
With the V2.1 PCB you should be using either the MD9600_firmware_V1HW or the MD9600_firmware_V2HW firmware. The only difference is the backlight dimming.

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Sounds likle he already tried all versions of the firmware, and none of them produced any RF. So I wondered whether the radio he got from a friend may not actually be working in the first place

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by DF1OG » Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:37 pm

Hi Folks,

shit happens... I have opened the MD and found something strange under a capacitor... solder residue. With the official Firmware the TX output was given. But after handling on my desk the solder has hiked under the capacitor and caused a short cut. Removed and V2 FW works perfectly now. Thanks a lot!
Best regards
Ingo DF1OG

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by DF1OG » Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:52 pm

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by SA0BUX » Thu Jan 19, 2023 3:26 pm

DF1OG wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:52 pm
Solder_Residue.jpg
So that blob of solder was loose inside the radio and suddenly shorted the capacitator ?

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by VK3KYY » Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:39 pm

Wow. I think you are lucky that the solder blob did not cause a big problem by damaging something important.

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by MM0EFJ » Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:19 am

I am following the instructions in this thread to try and install GD77 Firmware on my MD9600 (V2)
However some of the links do not seem to work any more.
I need to know EXACTLY where to find the official firmware (donor) file and the Open Firmware file to suit my specific radio.
If somebody could please advise me of the links for these I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks in anticipation
Mike MM0EFJ

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by SA0BUX » Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:56 am

MM0EFJ wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:19 am
I am following the instructions in this thread to try and install GD77 Firmware on my MD9600 (V2)
However some of the links do not seem to work any more.
I need to know EXACTLY where to find the official firmware (donor) file and the Open Firmware file to suit my specific radio.
If somebody could please advise me of the links for these I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks in anticipation
Mike MM0EFJ
Hi, I have also a MD-9600 (V2)

I noticed that downloads/MD9600/FirmwareLoader/readme.html is removed now but the donor
firmware is here:

https://www.passion-radio.com/index.php ... chment=760

The latest Open firmware for MD-9600: downloads/MD9600/Firmware/Latest

For a V2 HW it is this file: downloads/MD9600/Firmware/Latest/MD9600 ... e_V2HW.bin

Latest OpenGD77 CPS: downloads/CPS/Latest
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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by VK3KYY » Mon Jan 23, 2023 10:03 am

SA0BUX wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:56 am
MM0EFJ wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2023 9:19 am
I am following the instructions in this thread to try and install GD77 Firmware on my MD9600 (V2)
However some of the links do not seem to work any more.
I need to know EXACTLY where to find the official firmware (donor) file and the Open Firmware file to suit my specific radio.
If somebody could please advise me of the links for these I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks in anticipation
Mike MM0EFJ
Hi, I have also a MD-9600 (V2)

I noticed that downloads/MD9600/FirmwareLoader/readme.html is removed now but the donor
firmware is here:

https://www.passion-radio.com/index.php ... chment=760

The latest Open firmware for MD-9600: downloads/MD9600/Firmware/Latest

For a V2 HW it is this file: downloads/MD9600/Firmware/Latest/MD9600 ... e_V2HW.bin
Thanks.
Somehow the FirmwareLoader folder has been deleted, probably as there is no longer a standalone loader for the radios, as the loader for all radios is now integrated into the CPS

I have ammended the main instructions to include the link to the donor firmware

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Re: MD-9600 / RT-90 Installation

Post by MM0EFJ » Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:41 pm

Thanks to SA0BUX and VK3KYY for prompt replies
I will try that and advise how I get on.
Thanks again,
Mike MM0EFJ

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