I'm running SSDR V1.7.3.... Do I need to update to V1.8.4 or can I wait until the next update? I have the 6500 and NO Maestro.

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I'm running SSDR V1.7.3....  Do I need to update to V1.8.4 or can I wait until the next update?  I have the 6500 and no Maestro....
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I should confess I have kept  1.7.3 ....at least until I get Maestro...
73's from Venezuela

George
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For me there are just three reasons for upgrading
1) the new release fixes a problem you are having,
2) the new release has a feature you want or
3) I don't want to get to far out of date.

Of course if you start having an issue the first thing they tell you to do is
"update to the latest rev" they don't seem to want to do bug fixes on old releases.

So the long and the short of this is; Your damned if you and your damned if you don't

Have fun 

Dave KB1WOD
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Yeah, Dave, that's what I'm trying to find out....  Hope Tim weighs in on this.  1.7.3 is working fine and the 1.8.4 release notes don't indicate any reason for me to update...  So what to do....
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That is a misleading comment. They fixed some large issues in V 1.7.3
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You get features that are beyond the Maestro

1.8.3

Ability to Use DAX and Mic Input at the Same Time: SmartSDR has been enhanced to allow for a mic input to be used when DAX is the primary audio input. This will facilitate the use of a DAX 
connected voice keyer and allow the use of a mic when DAX is not actively streaming. (Update #3622)

Automatic Power Fold-back due to high SWR: All FLEX-6000 radios now have active SWR fold-back protection to protect the power amplifier (PA). The PA power levels will be automatically reduced in high SWR situations, starting when reverse power meets or exceeds 25W. (Update #3644)

Fix for Random Radio Crashes Sometimes Accompanied with a 400 Hz Tone: An inadvertent resource leak in the radio firmware was identified as a probable root cause for periodic crashes sometime accompanied with the radio emitting a 400 Hz tone. This issue has been fixed (defect
#3597)

Fix for Missing CW Sidetone: A problem resulting in leading elements of the CW sidetone being
truncated has been fixed (defect #3657)

1.8.4

Fixed SWR Fold-back feature not working properly with certain amplifiers and external tuners: Progressive averaging logic was added to the SWR fold-back feature to prevent exciter drive reduction when short duration transient reflected power was detected. (Defect #3765)

Fixed Noise Burst issue on initial transmit when operating digital modes: A defect has been corrected that resulted in a momentary noise burst being transmitted when utilizing the new feature that allows the use of a microphone in conjunction with DAX. (Defect #3780)
  
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Thanks right, didn't think about the 183 features...  Thanks Salvador.
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You are welcome! 
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But the short answer is, nobody makes you upgrade. There is no gun to your head. Many people are still at 1.6.21.
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I must admit that I'm mystified why people would not want to upgrade.  The comment that bug figs are not released for earlier versions is disingenuous.  That's exactly what the new releases do, in addition to adding new features.  I've upgraded each release, for the past 2 1/2 years, (with the exception of waiting to jump to 1.8.4 instead of 1.8.3 because I wanted to keep using my Maestro), and have never found a reason to downgrade.  The continual upgrades and improvements are one of the great beauties of the Flex system.
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Reason 1. turned my 6300 into a brick. Yes this happened
Reason 2. introduction of new bugs.
Reason 3. UI sometimes changes in ways that make it so what you use to do one way, now you have to change how you do it.

There are probable more, but you get the idea..the devil you know..

Soap Box:
I understand your opinion, but lets face it, this is a very complicated system and things don't always turn out right. Flex is doing a fine job of addressing most of the issue that come up. 

It is just going to take them some time to work out a solid procedure for releases.

As always have fun

Dave KB1WOD
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Official Response
The question is do you "need" to upgrade.  The answer is Maybe.  There are a lot of good reasons to upgrade and in general, the advantages (new features & bug fixes) outweigh the negatives.

As with all new releases, there are bug fixes.  So the stability and operating experience is intrinsically better with newer releases.

However, there is one reason we will make you upgrade to the latest version.  If you report an issue via the HelpDesk, we only expend resources investigating issues on the current software release, as we are not going to go back and fix a problem in an older point release if it does not exist in the current release.

Occasionally a new defect may creep into a new release that affects you.  This is one reason we have made it convenient to run previous releases with a simple and automatic firmware update.
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Thanks Tim...