Upload 120,000 DMR contacts on Retevis RT84

Recently, we improve RT84 the latest firmware support to upload 120,000 DMR contacts. Today let’s learn how to operate it.

What do you need?

  1. Download RT84 latest software V1.03.
  2. Download RT84 latest firmware D02.01
  3. All the recourses download from https://www.retevis.com/resources-center 

How to do?

  1. Firstly, Upgrade your RT84 firmware to D02.01.
  • Unzip the RT84 “RT84_Firmware_D02.01” file.
  • Install the “DMR Firmware DownLoad(User English) Setup v3.06.exe” and then Open.
  • Open the “RT84 (CSV)-V02.01.bin”. 
  • Now, Press PTT+Top sidekey” together to enter Radio DFU mode.
  • Connect your radio to PC.
  • Begin download the upgrade file to your radio.
  • Check your RT84 radio version.


2. Update your software version to V1.03.

  • Find Writ contacts under “Program” menu list. Then import DMR contacts database. ( You can download RT83/RT3S DMR contacts database from amateurradio.digital website. Until today, there are currently 118,411 DMR-IDs available for download.
  • After import successfully, then write to the radio.
  • it will take around 10-15 mins to upload all 12,0000 DMR contacts to RT84 radio.

3. Turn on your radio to view Contacts csv.

  • First, you need to go to radio setting turn on “ContactsCSV”.
  • Then, go to CONTACTS view Contacts csv.
  • When there is signals from your radio, it will display the DMR contacts as below picture show.







Future question about Retevis RT84, email to info@ailunce.com.


56 thoughts on “Upload 120,000 DMR contacts on Retevis RT84

  1. This is a nice update, however when transmitting, no matter what talk group, it says ‘Unknown ID’. I tried adding the TG ID to the CSV and still have same issue. TX on PARROT talk group, for example, with PARROT 9998 in both contacts and contactsCSV (with contactsCSV enabled) will say UNKNOWN ID during transmit.

    1. I have the same issue after upload the csv userdatabase file. The userdatabase is in the unit, enabled it but still UNKNOWN ID
      Dit you solve the problem?

  2. saludos amigos yonhice experimentacion con el radio Retrevis RT84 si desean mas información escribanme voy a subir un video en español en pocos dias. Para whatsapp +593996187408 soy radio aficionado de Ecuador.
    greetings friends i make experimentation with the radio Retrevis RT84 if you want more information write me I will upload a video in Spanish in a few days. For whatsapp +593996187408 I am amateur radio of Ecuador

  3. I have done this, I can view the Contacts, but the Radio displays “Unknown ID” next to the ID Numbers.
    Is there a specific Format for the CSV File from amateurradio.digital ?

    There are a few options: No header, alternate view, etc.

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  5. Hola compañero Soy de España y tengo un problema con el equipo, sabes de donde me podía bajar el firware 2.0,ya que con esta versión del firware no me funciona bien a través de un hospost.

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  8. He instalado la base de datos que indican de amateur radio digital y no aparecen en pantalla. Al abrir esa base de datos (formato csv) resulta que los datos que contiene no están en el orden que precisa el RT84.
    Donde se puede conseguir una base de datos pero que sirva para el RT84?

  9. Having issues with writing the csv contact list to the radio. Keep getting the error “Firmware Error”. Otherwise everything else programs just fine.
    Software version is 1.05. Firmware version is 2.03. I have updated the firmware multiple times and still the same result.

      1. After much troubleshooting, it has to do with the software. Turns out that the software has bugs in it when running on a 64 bit system. Running it on a 32 bit system resolved the issue. However, this is not a good solution since many in the United States don’t have access to a 32 bit system. A software update needs to be done to make it fully compatible with 64 bit systems. Another issue is the very heavy reliance on Microsoft Excel.

  10. Estou com o mesmo problema do Daniel com a gravação da lista de contatos csv no rádio. Continue recebendo o erro “Erro de firmware”. Caso contrário, tudo o resto é programado.
    A versão do software é 1.05. A versão do firmware é 2.03. Atualizei o firmware várias vezes e ainda o mesmo resultado.

  11. Cherry, Any news on V2.03 being fixed for 64bit systems? Keen to get my RT84 up and running when I have a bit of down time soon. Regards from UK

  12. I have a RT3S without GPS and updated firmware V 018. I cant write the csv because it says “Wrong Model” although Import says “Success”. Please help me urgently.

  13. Hi, I cannot update contacts on firmware 2.03 as i get ‘firmware error’. can you please emailed me 2.02 as well? thank you

          1. Hello thank you very much for your e-mail, what is the latest CPS version is 1.05 ?? or there is a new one ?
            This is a very nice radio please Retevis when you do some updates include CVS contacts like in V2.02 PLEASE

  14. I have the same problem with my RT3S with GPS, when you are in the talkgroup you can only see the callsign and other details of the transmitting station, however when you transmit, it will show ID UNKNOWN. I can only see if I will call via private the callsign I am calling. Could you please help me on this? Thank you.

    1. Hi, this is the normal for the model RT3S and RT82.
      If you want to get the information when you transmit from the screen, you can consider the model HD1.

  15. Hi, I tried to to the firmware update but it keeps saying “USB open failed” I an unable to read or write to the CPS software as the radio is no longer recognized. Any help please? Many thanks!

      1. Hi, the firmware currently on the radio is 1.025. Unable to update the firmware as computer no longer recognizes it in any of the com ports 🙁
        Could I possibly have the 2.02 firmware emailed across please? Many thanks.

  16. Hi, I have version V018.011 in my Retevis RT3S and using windows 10. I have tried to load the “contacts.csv” file and get “CPS-DMR” “Excel Fail” error? Do you need to be in DFU mode to install contacts? If you have some contacts loaded say from Australia, can you then load New Zealand or do you have to put all of your contacts in one file to load? I hope someone may be able to help me with this.

    1. Hi, dear, very sorry for the delay!Can the walkie-talkie transmit and receive normally? and could you please send us a video of you problem? many thanks and have a nice day!

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