Final version 1 release

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Does anyone know if there is to be a final version 1 software release containing various bug fixes and other changes prior to having to make the decision about moving to version 2?
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Mal G3PDH

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Bill -VA3WTB

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Soon there is to be a maintenance release 1.11
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Rick WN2C

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Is there an estimated time to release version 1.11? I hope it is soon. I would have thought that with version 2 being released, version 1.11 would be released soon after. I guess it takes a long time to remove the version 2 stuff.
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Michael Coslo

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I am curious as well. I have a portable contest operation coming up in mid-October, and the release date is critical for whether I use it or not, since I have to shake the system down pretty hard before I'll commit to the reliability demands. A few days before the contest the computer gets disconnected from the internet so Windows 10 doesn't put me off the air.  Or maybe 2.0. I dunno.
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It will be released when it's ready... as per usual Flex does not speculate when a software release is forthcoming.

As has been previously stated v2.0 needs to go through a period of usage in the general population in order to determine if there are any bugs that were missed in the Alpha Testing Process and if so, then those need to be fixed and the fixes tested again.   When there is a relatively bug free version of V2.0 then they need to remove the extra features in V2.0 then they will need to do extensive Alpha testing to make sure that they did not break anything when they removed featurs before releasing V1.11

Bottom Line: Software releases take time to get right..

if I were doing a contest, I would bite the bullet and go with V2.0 rather than waiting for V1.11 as you will get the advantage of a number of improvements in the system, be in line for the future improvements and not have to wait until V1.11 is finally released

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Michael Coslo

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And it'll work if it works, I guess 8^) I will proceed under the assumption that it may or may not ever be released, and go with version 2. Regardless, whatever is on my computer will be heavily shaken down, and I can revert to 1.16.174 which has been fairly reliable. 
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Howard is correct I believe. V2 is out in the field being used by people who have and have installed it. They are waiting for feed back to determine what V 1.11 needs in addition to what it now has.

SSDR as it is right now has been reported to be very stable in contest conditions.
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Steve Gw0gei

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Well v 1.10.16 is not quite stable enough for contesting - I had it crash on me in 2 out of 3 domestic contests. Surely it is too early to say 2.0 is more stable? Some people who have upgraded have still suffered the crashes - and surely it's too early yet to state that 2.0 is contest ready? True it does now offer spot integration via N1mm - but instead of upgrading I put the £250 towards a decent deal on a new ic7300 - used it in WAE dx cw contest and rsgb 4m contest first weekend (without opening the manual) and I found it didn't crash and the N1mm spot integration and spectrum scope was useful addition.

I still love my flex 6300 but if the maintenance release with its promised performance enhancements is not out by cqww I will be using the ic7300 this coming season . The early adopters will hopefully test out the new models , so that the (once bitten) cautious amongst us can then decide whether 2.0 and the new hardware are stable enough for contesting. Many uk Ops have given up waiting and have sold their flex radios , opting for the 7300 or placing orders for the ic7610 on the strength of its success. Two weeks in I am impressed with the 7300 on hf and 4m - if the 7610 turns out to be as good I might be tempted - but still hope the 6600 turns out to be the better option for contesting with its so2r facilities alongside the power genius. Stable ssdr, with better noise and auto notch facilities, combined with improved so2r. Hardware and pa should be a winning combination. For the time being though my £15k upgrade savings are staying in the bank, pending delivery.of the stability and reliability.
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Eric - KE5DTO, Official Rep

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Some people who have upgraded have still suffered the crashes
I'm only aware of a single report of the same kind of crashing we observed in v1.10.16.  We are actually testing that radio in-house at the moment.

I do agree with you that it would be really good to hear about folks using v2 in a contest successfully.
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Good to hear that Eric. Hopefully some people who now have 2.0 running will report their experiences in the forthcoming contest season. Best of luck with the further testing.
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Michael Coslo

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I'll be able to give a report this fall. Last year I did have a very good experience with portable operations. I was at that time, using Win7 on aniMac in Bootcamp. Worked flawlessly. This year I am using a W10 envy laptop, and that has me a little skittish.
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I don't think the v1 maintenance release is going to be v2 with stuff removed.

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Gary L. Robinson

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Semantically speaking it I think the V 1.x maintenance version will be like version 2 .x with most significant new "selling" features NOT added.  Otherwise there would be no reason to upgrade, imho ...
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Steve Gw0gei

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Well that's what frs have said they will be doing - using the new code rather than trying to fix the issues within the old code.
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Clay N9IO

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That is the way I have understood it to be as well.
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Steve, All the issues from V1 are moving to v2 code. They are going with V2 code going ahead is all. The maintenance release coming soon is for all 6000 radios. Many things are being done under the hood, So anyone who are staying with V1xx and not upgrading will have the latest update for their radio.
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As stated above that is also my understanding - the one or more maintenance issues for 1.xx will be v2 new code, but without the new features. I will upgrade my 6300 when I need whatever later v 2.xx features appear. A 6600 with v 2.xx will likely come into the shack first, provided there are no hardware issues with the early ones, and nothing better comes up from other stables. New icom, Anan , and possibly ele craft offerings will no doubt offer up some competition but I still hope that frs can deliver better hardware and upgraded ssdr for my contesting and lf/6m doing needs.