Currently running the 6500 with version 1.11.12
I have be debating and whether to upgrade to v2.x for quite some time now but haven’t as of yet.
1.11.12 has been working great with no issues that I am aware of.
At this time I am not interested in working remotely (at least not now)
I have read all the release notes and have come to the conclusion that most of v2.xxx has been to accommodate the 6400/6600 rigs/maestro and/or fix issues within v2.x itself.
I also realize there is a bit of eye candy thrown in there for good measure.
So my question is—is it worth it to upgrade to v2.x IF I am not interested in working remotely OR eye candy?
It would be a no brainier if someone said “I just upgraded and man, I can’t believe the difference! The NB works better or the receiver works better etc. etc. etc.)
As a former IT professional I have always found it important to follow program/SW upgrades. There is a reason suppliers send out version upgrades and updates and I like to be in the forefront of the "train".
Not much of an answer to your specifik question .. more of a general comment on upgrading software.
The question of whether it is 'worth' the $200 upgrade fee is really up to you. My thought was similar to Johan's in that I'm investing in the future of my flex 6500, rather than maintenance of the current one...
The main thing is V1 has come to the end other than to fix something if needed.
But V2, you can take advantage of any new features planned, but if you stay with V1 and there is nothing wrong with that, you simply stay put. Ya I would spring for it.
- S-meter improvements including showing peak
- Pop out windows. IE pans, CWX, radio paneles can be separated from the main window
- Start/stop DAX automatically - When dax remains running it can eat up radio resources
- CWX fixes. Some things in CWX work better
- Color fill on the panadapter
- Split button makes doing TX/RX splits easier
- Minimized slice flags show frequency readout
Thanks for all the interesting replies. I have been wading through a lot of posts over the last few days looking for an answer to my question. The majority what I have read is that v2.xxx is mostly user conveniences along with fixes for the 6600 and maestro.
I am always playing with the WNB and ANF to attempt to reduce noise and not one time have I ever been successful. Maybe the WNB and ANF are considered “user conveniences”??
Makes me wonder if we have reached a point in technology where things like receiver performance just can’t be improved upon (until some new type of technology comes out).
How long has the 6700 been at the top of the list on the Sherwood reports? 4-5 years I bet, has the receiver been improved much over that time?
User conveniences are nice and a few of you have convinced me to upgrade.
In all my years of owning Icom, Yaesu etc, I have never had an upgrade. Once you buy the radio, that is what you have for the life of the rig. With Flex, some of the more recent upgrades have come about because of feedback from users of features that they want to see. So into the future, why limit your ability to have the benefit of upgrades?
I do use remote, but have done so since before Flex time. Yes, I now have a Maestro and I can quickly check conditions using my smartphone when away from the shack.
But in every day use in the shack, I think that Vers.2 outperforms 1.
Finally, the cost of joining the Version 2 club is minimal in the scheme of things. I paid more than that for a length of heliax the other day.
I also feel it's the "right" thing to do. Flex invests in their trouble ticket system, bug fixes, financially supporting this community, etc. Asking people to subscribe to and support their effort and value to us with an extra $200 every few years is reasonable. How many would easily part with $200 for a nice meal or attending a sporting event that's here today and gone tomorrow. Software development and maintenance isn't free. I'd upgrade.
@Larry - you've posed a strictly personal question.
If you are happy and all works like you expect & are happy with, leave things alone.
You can always change versions.
Only additional consideration is if you would decide to sell your 6500 you can expect to either have to pay to upgrade to sell it, or to have to discount it for not being upgraded.
If you might upgrade or change hardware anytime soon, you might prefer to enjoy the changes with version 2.x rather than paying for the version upgrade but never getting to use it when you sell your radio.
YMMV but personally in your shoes I'd upgrade, as I am always interested getting the best performance out of my radios.
After reading all the replies, I kind of agree with everyone. Therefore last night I upgrade!
I initially downloaded V2.2.8 but it would not update the radio. Next I downloaded V2.1.33 and it immediately upgraded the firmware.
I was expecting to need to key the radio as so many post describe, but never did at any point during the upgrade (weird).
Now I guess I can chat on the radio remotely while baling hay!
Again- thank you for all the replies