The Radioddity GD-77 is a dual-band DMR radio that looks like a copy of the Baofeng DM-1801. Is it worth the extra money? Let’s see!
There are several DMR radios under $100 so the competition is pretty fierce. While the Radioddity GD-77 is at the high end of the spectrum facing competition from the TYT MD380, Baofeng DM-1801, and even the Baofeng DM-1701, it does hold its own in many respects.
As far as I can tell, the Radioddity GD-77 is in my eye just a copy of the Baofeng DM-1701 with a nicer feeling shell and far better support for an extra $20-$30.
Let’s start with the nicer shell on the Radioddity GD-77, and keep in mind, this is how it feels in my hand, you may experience a completely different feeling. It just feels, I don’t know, stiffer, thicker, more solid. It could just be the texture on the plastic, I can’t pinpoint it, but it feels nicer and I like it.
The keys on the front of the Radioddity GD-77 also have a nicer feel although the button on the side, the dial on top, and cover over the right side ports all feel about the same.
Removing the Radioddity GD-77 battery looks exactly the same on both radios until you stop and look close. On both radios there are two tabs that fit into two slots on the battery to secure it. The difference is that on the Radioddity GD-77 they extended the silver metal backing down to make those tabs, on the Baofeng they used plastic from the case. It’s the little things.
Unfortunately, the one thing on the Radioddity GD-77 that they needed to upgrade and they did not was the belt clip, it is just as bad as the one on the Baofeng and although it works just fine, scares me that it will break. I have used it quite a while, and it has had several attempts to be ripped off my belt by corners of walls and the occasionally grabby seatbelt, and yet it survives intact.
Programming the Radioddity GD-77 from the radio is either not practical or just impossible. I played with it a little and gave up. This is common for DMR radios though so that isn’t a big deal. Setting up a simplex analog frequency is not a big deal though, only the DMR aspect is pretty impossible. As easy as it is to just connect it to a computer I wouldn’t spend a lot of time fiddling with the front panel.
The Radioddity GD-77 software for programming is functional and reasonable but not the best I have seen. They are all different and yet all the same so with very few exceptions this is not something to worry about.
Using the Radioddity GD-77 in DMR mode is pretty straight forward and has both good transmit and receive audio. Where the radio has issues is in analog modes and splatters a wide swath of the spectrum when you transmit. This results in less than stellar transmit audio, particularly at long range.
The Radioddity GD-77 antenna is pretty good and is easily as good as most of the other radios out there.
I have been asked several times who makes Radioddity radios, and while I am not certain, my guess is that Radioditty purchases unbranded radios from companies such as Baofeng and rebrands them. They also sometimes add nice things like upgraded manuals, extra antennas, etc. You can often find radios like the Radioddity GD-77 for sale on Amazon and eBay.
Radioddity GD-77 Test Results:
|Screen readability||Very Good|
|Included antenna||Very Good|
|Transmit audio||CLICK TO LISTEN|
|Maximum power output (2m/70cm)||3.3 watts / 1.6 watts|
|Size||275 * 64 * 45 mm|
|Actual weight||9.6 oz|
|Radioddity GD-77 manual||CLICK TO DOWNLOAD|
|Programming software||CLICK TO DOWNLOAD|
|Radioddity GD-77 Overall score|
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