I haven't been active for a while, so I never got around to upgrading to v2. I encountered a couple of hiccups so I thought I would report them in-case someone cares, or someone else has the same issues as me.
First of all, my old PC has been shelved and replaced with an i7 micro-pc, so this was a fresh install of SSDR v2.4.9 on a Win10 Pro machine. My 6500 is installed permanently in a 19" rack in my utility room and my PC is at the other end of my house. I do not have a mic for this radio nor any sort of keyer that I can connect to the radio. Thus:
Problem #1: While registering for SmartLink, I had to press the 'Register' button, then run to the utility room and short mic-pins 5-6 with a flipping screw driver. Wouldn't it be just as 'secure' if we could instead simply press the power button on the front panel?
Other than that I the software install went very smooth. However, after connecting to the radio I noticed:
Problem #2: I could not adjust the frequency of the default 20m-slice. Neither double-clicking in the pan, nor dragging the yellow down-arrow, nor typing the frequency directly would make the slice move. I restarted SSDR which didn't fix the issue. I did not restart the 6500 after upgrading (maybe that was the cause of the issue). The way I fixed the issue was to delete the slice and re-add it. Now everything is working properly.