v1.8 Update? Safe to upgrade on 6300 without Maestro?

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I do not own a Maestro.  Can I upgrade to v1.8?  Can I download and install it>

The only comments I see are about Maestro.

Joe K0BX
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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YES you can and it works very well. It is recommended that you DO NOT upgrade if you also own a Maestro and want to use it with your radio.
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Ken - NM9P

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If it is a problem, don't use it. If it isn't a problem, go for it. You won't know if you don't try.
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David Warnberg

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I'm using an amp.. no issue here
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@Gary H

You mean the power fold back issue NOT seen by any on the Alpha Testers that only seems to affect a very small minority of users with older Tube based amplifiers such as the ALS-600 and ONLY when using the TUNE function but not when using SSB

Like Ken said. go for it.. if your system does not have foldback issues, the extra protection for your finals is worth it...



BTW.. I am using an AMP.. absolutely no problem whatsoever here with all sorts of drive levels and all sorts of different use cases...

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I have an Amp, but whether or not I use it (I only use it for SSB), the power fold-back is a problem. I use CW most of the time, without the Amp turned on, and the power output, at any level above 24 Watts, folds back.
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Burch - K4QXX

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Isn't the ALS-600 a solid state amp?
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Don't feed the troll guys, Gary H only posts to try to get a reaction, never any value or insight in any of his posts. Best to ignore him/her/it.
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Thank you Salvador.  I guess I did not make myself clear.  If v1.8 available for download off the Flex Radio server?
Joe K0BX
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Did you look at the reverse power on your antenna.. Use the FlexMeter - it will show you the reflected power levels...

Likely you have RF ingress somewhere in your system

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What kind of tubes are in an ALS-600?
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Larry Benoit

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No tubes -- four TMOS RF power FET finals

73,
Larry KB1VFU
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David Warnberg

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@Howard, I don't have an issue with 1.8 even with the amp (KPA500).. my comment was to the original poster ... i.e. (Yes it is safe to upgrade without the maestro)
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Wellll, I have my Amp bypassed, my antenna has 1.25:1 SWR, and even into my station dummy load, on CW power levels > 24W, it folds back. My Kenwood TS-570 works great. I'll call in and open a ticket. No more missing dits, however!
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Yes I see the same results here too.  I understand they are looking into the cause and cure
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Bill -VA3WTB

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In yet so many see no fold back at all,,strange...
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Bill -VA3WTB

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Interesting? I didn't blame the end user, pointing out it is strange that many have no problems. it looks like as Tim mentioned certain amps will cause Flex problems with  this feature till fixed.
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Official Response
The short answer is yes.  There is an issue with the new SWR foldback feature that is affecting a small percentage of users with certain amps and autotuners.  We are actively testing a fix to the SWR foldback issue.  Initial testing is showing promising results and the fix should be included in the next release of SmartSDR for Windows.

If this issue affects you, as previously noted, reverting back to the previous version of SmartSDR is the recommended course of action until we have the issue resolved.
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Thank you for the update.  
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Bill N5TU

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So, are we still in a holding pattern for updating Maestri (Italian plural) to 1.8?

VY 73, Bill, N5TU
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Yes. The situation is status quo (Latin).  If you successfully upgraded to 1.8.3, do not downgrade to a lower version.  If you have not downloaded 1.8.3, you still will not be able to do it, receiving the file not available, download error (or something to that effect).

Once the next version of SmartSDR (for Windows and Maestro) is released, then everyone will be able to upgrade.

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