Skip 1.8 if we don't use Maestro?

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Should we upgrade to 1.8 if we use a PC?  From the description it sounds like the s/w was just for Maestro.  If we don't intend to use Maestro do we need to "catch up" with this version when the solution is available or just skip it and install what ever comes next? 
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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1.8 contains the SWR foldback feature to protect the radio PA finals
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the following were NOT MAESTRO related SSDR Improvements in 1.8.3 which means that the

The cumulative SmartSDR v1.8.3 ecosystem Change Log detail is listed below.

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 v1.8.3 2016-06-30
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General release of SmartSDR for Windows.

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 v1.8.2 RC 2016-06-24
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#3622    Firmware: Mic audio will transmit even if DAX is enabled unless DAX is actively streaming.
#3718    SmartSDR for Windows: Installer no longer installs DAX drivers when the DAX option is unchecked.
#3684    API: Fixed Vita49 info class typo.

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 v1.8.1 Alpha 2016-06-16
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#3597    Firmware: Various fixes under the hood to address random radio crashes (sometimes with ~400 Hz tone afterwards)
#3666    SSDR for Windows: changed radio connection lost message if the client was disconnected by another user.
#3673    SSDR for Windows: radio upgrade failure message is now more descriptive.

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 v1.8.0 Alpha 2016-05-27
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#3505    Firmware: Users can now disconnect users that are currently connected to a radio.
#3644    Firmware: Added automatic power foldback for high SWR situations (starting at 25 W reverse power)

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 v1.7.34 Alpha 2016-05-25
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#3657    Firmware: Fixed missing CW sidetone.
#3610    Firmware: Waterfall black level is now restored properly on startup.
#3566    CAT: Added checks to prevent UHE when disconnecting.

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I have had no problems with V.1.8.3 SSDR for Windows with my 6500.  
I do not have a Maestro.
But 1.8.3 adds, in addition to the SWR foldback Howard mentioned:

1) the ability to use Mic Audio and VOX at the same time that you are using DAX input, for example from a Voice Keyer program.  I can also use the DAX Mic Stream to my computer to record with Audacity even when SSDR is closed, if that mic was the last one active when I closed SSDR.  Neat.

2) Some additional fixes for CW sidetone for some of the rigs that were having some issues.

3) small fixes for the Waterfall parameters and a few other things.

The biggest bug reported for v.1.8.3 seems to be that SOME Maestros were chocking on a timing issue while installing and were locking up.  I have not heard of anything amiss happening with the Windows version of V.1.8.3 SSDR.
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Thanks for the summary. I don't have a maestro and am still on 1.6 so I guess it's time to upgrade whilst there is no contest coming up in the near future. Jumping from 1.6 to 1.8 is there a need to delete or can I just upgrade and leave 1.6 on the PC in case of the need to downgrade? I usually jump up after a few days of release but have been busy with work so have stayed on 1.6 which has been working ok for me.
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The rumor is that if you place your Maestro in the freezer and do the upgrade, that the low temps skew the timing just enough to upgrade properly. Not verified ... no spec available for optimum temperature or soak time.

W7NGA
Paris, France
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Not a good solution here on coast of South Carolina, with high humidity condensation would be a problem and result in shorts, not type one wears down south. :)

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