New to Flex SDR radios, Question on SmartSDR and 6400M

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I am new to Flex and SmartSDR, so I have a basic question.

I have a pre-order for a 6400M. My main interest in purchasing the "M" model was because I do not want it to be a requirement to use an external PC to operate the radio. I want the radio to be 100% stand-along and not tethered to a PC for operation. Its OK to required a PC to perform updates and configurations to the radio, however once the update has been performed, I want to dethatch the radio from the PC. 

QUESTION

When the radio is connected to the PC and I make configuration changes (Example: To the Panadapter colors) using SmartSDR, and then disconnect the PC from the radio, will the changes made under SmartSDR stay configured on the radio?

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Thomas NE7X

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Most configuration changes are stored in the radio.  Some configuration changes are "client" specific and are stored locally.  By client, I mean the interface that comments to the radio, be it SmartSDR for Windows, SmartSDR for iOS, a Maestro or the front panel of an M series radio (SmartSDR-M).
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Since I will only be using my 6400M in "stand alone" mode, do I still need to purchase a SmartSDR license in order to perform firmware updates to the radio?
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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the 6400M already includes a V2 SSDR License
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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In fact they will only run v2.1 and above. When v3 is released and I have my 12 slice Flex 9700 with the power genie 3.0* you will have to pay to upgrade.

*not a forward looking statement
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@Thomas

You really should try SSDR on the PC also... You will be amazed at how much better and more useful it is than the knobs.

Yes I understand how hard it is to break old habits..

I have had a Maestro since the beginning.. Yes.. knobs are a bit faster in contests. 

BUT for everything else a big computer screen with everything easily at your finger tips is so 21st century better and more useful...

BTW.. I would never want to work a DX pileup again on a tiny screen with knobs - so much quicker to see the bands, click and jump in the right spot to work the dx on the first call...

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I never understood the fascination with knobs in contesting. I work faster with N1MM arrow keys.

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