Maestro & 6600M Slightly Different Versions = Problem

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I got my Maestro out of the closet, planning to take it out on the back patio, now that warmer weather has arrived here in Ohio.  I was pleased that it noticed that my 6600M was upgraded to v. 3, and it wanted to do the same.  I upgraded and it installed 3.0.19.119.  When I connected to the 6600M, however, I saw some strange anomalies.  The major one was the frequencies entered on the Maestro do not cause the rig to go to those same frequencies.  In essence the Maestro is reporting an incorrect frequency.  Moving the tuning dial on the Maestro has no effect on the frequency of the rig.  Then I noticed a possible cause of this problem.  The Maestro upgraded to v.3.0.19.119.  However, the 6600M is still on 3.0.19.46.  I suspect that this may be cause of my communication issues between the Maestro and the rig.  However, I can't figure out how to force the 6600M to upgrade to this slightly newer version.  I've tried using a computer connected to the 6600M via SmartSDR, but running the install program again results in no change.  I've turned the 6600M on and off several times, and it never detects the need to upgrade software.  How can I force the 6600M to upgrade to the latest version?

I should add that the 6600M and Maestro are exchanging lots of information such as GPS info, PTT, audio, etc, just no sync between them in terms of frequency displayed. 

Any and all help appreciated.

73,

Carl 
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Neil D Friedman N3DF

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Have you tried "menu" "radio" "switch version" from the front panel of the 600M?
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Carl Jón Denbow N8VZ

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Neil, that's a good idea.  However, I tried doing that and it just offers to reload "3.0.19"  (which is actually the 3.0.19.46 version).   For some reason, it seems oblivious to the difference between version numbers past the "3.0.19. . . ."  Not sure why.  Thanks for trying to help. I appreciate it. 73 de Carl N8VZ 
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Carl Jón Denbow N8VZ

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I'm going to try to downgrade to 2.4.9 on both rig and Maestro and see if that fixes the problem.
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Carl, are you sure you are not enjoying the features of multiFLEX?

Are you expecting the front panel of the 6600M to also change frequency?  

Mike 
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Yes, that was what I was expecting, Mike.  Perhaps, I don't totally understand MultiFlex.  Is is a situation with one Maestro and one rig.  Would not the front panel of the 6600M still sync with the front panel of the Maestro?  73 de Carl N8VZ
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SmartSDR v3.0 doesn’t sync the way you were hoping.

I think you have everything up to snuff and working right for v 3.0.19

73

Steve
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OK, thanks.  Then the problem was in my brain . . . and not the SSDR.  Hmm . . . 
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Jamie WW3S

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You need slicemaster to sync the maestro to Ssdr....and if you are going to downgrade you need to reset the radio....don’t have the instructions in front of me right now, ....
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Carl Jón Denbow N8VZ

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I'm going re-upgrade . . . now that I have a better understanding of what to expect.  
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Hi Carl

It behaves like two different radios.  You just share the transmitter.

It is that simple.

Mike
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Thanks, Mike.  Now, I understand.  I was at the Flex Banquet at Dayton and heard all the chatter about MultiFlex, but somehow it didn't all register correctly.  I appreciate the the help and explanation.  73 de Carl N8VZ
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I also have another problem that I'm going to post a new thread on if I can't find a solution: for some reason no matter what mic I try I have to turn Mic Gain up to 100 to get 100 watts out of the 6600M.  I don't think that this is the way it's suppose to be.  It's very strange, but it's not a linear scale.  There's like 5 watts out until it gets to about 90 and then it starts jumping up in quantum fashion.  It must get to 100 in Mic Gain before I'm putting out 100 watts through the rig.  Very strange, indeed. The mics I've tested, include: Heil BM-17 headset, Heil Mic with HM-5 element, Ten-Tec 709, and a Heil Proset with IC element, and a Yamaha CM500.  Basically, the same behavior with all of them, however the CM500 was not able to get all the way up to 100 watts with 100 Mic Gain.  73 de Carl N8VZ
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