[TenTec] Eagle Firmware version
jruing at ameritech.net
Tue Oct 30 22:05:03 EDT 2012
On 10/30/2012 9:22 PM, Michael A. Goltz wrote:
Is there a great advantage to upgrading to the latest software version?
My take is two-fold: First, you can try any firmware
version and revert back to any other at any time, so you
have little to lose by trying any version, including the
Second, you can look at the firmware history and see
what features or aspects have been modified in each
firmware update, and decide whether or not that
will matter to you. If you try multiple versions, you
might like one version for some things, and another for
other things. For example, I have an Omni VII, and
I like certain feature updates in one version, but not the
changes to the NR feature, which I prefer the way it works
in another version. You may find you like the way
some features work in one version, versus the way they
work in another version, and that might determine which
one you use... you might even use one firmware version
for one application, such as rag chewing, while preferring
another version for contesting.
I know of no downside to changing versions forward
and back again on any date at any time.
> I don't want to make an error and "brick" my new radio!
I am not sure you can do that. I think that is
one of the best features of computer or processor
based rigs - the fact that, if you get it all screwed up,
you can revert to mfr default settings in an instant.
Example - on Field Day, a local ham loaned his Orion II
to the club for FD. The guys messed with his settings,
and decided it was a lousy radio... and were afraid
he would be mad when he got it back, because they
had messed it all up. I suggested they just revert
back to the TT default settings, because it is a pretty
good radio they way it comes from the factory.
Eventually, I convinced them that is what the owner
will do, anyway, he will revert to default settings
and then dial up his preferred changes, rather than
try to undo all their changes. They finally trusted
me on this, and found the default settings were
pretty good, and decided the rig was OK after all.
Long story... sorry... to prove the value of firmware
and processor based rigs is that you can instantly
revert to factory settings, and it will play great
that way - so you cannot go wrong... you cannot
'brick" it, because if you do not like what you have
done, you just re-set it and start over.
Some of the local guys had difficulty with our
Omni VIIs and Orion IIs during the contest, and
the rookie operator (i.e., me) saved the day by
just restoring both rigs to factory defaults.
Just a couple of examples to indicate how much
you will come to appreciate that feature.
I saw on another Eagle user group where a guy did just that. I am pretty
computer literate but all it takes is one wrong move!!
Nah... see above.
I have an Omni VII, and my friends at the
contest station have an OmniVII, an Omni VI,
an Orion II, and I am sure you will love your
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