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APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

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APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby w2sjw » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:44 pm

Just saw it on MOL - here's the low-down from the changelog:

APX6500 new model - New/Replacement Product
APX6000 new models - New/Replacement Product
APX7000 new models - New/Replacement Product
APX7500 new models - New/Replacement Product
APX Consolette now supported - New/Replacement Product
Emergency Call on invalid site now supported - New Feature
APCO Phase 2 TDMA now supported - New Feature
Man Down functionality now supported - New Feature
Conventional Network Address Translation now supported - New Feature
Russian Language Support Introduced - New Feature
Mobile VIP outputs can indicate system conditions - New Feature
Windows 7 now supported on Data Applications - New Feature
APX AMBE Vocoder Tone update - Performance Improvement
French translations are incorrect or missing - Issue Update
APX7500 AUX_TX input provides insufficient deviation on Conv channel - Issue Update
APX missing audio related to MSEL - Issue Update
APX radios intermittently do not communicate with SmartNet systems - Issue Update
APX7000 poor audio with RSM HMN4104 - Issue Update
Noise burst heard at end of digital voice calls from APX mobiles - Issue Update
APX7500 RX Audio intermittently drops when receiving TDMA Trunked call - Issue Update
Channel Announcement Audio distorted when scan enabled - Issue Update
APX7000 Alias not shown on selected P25 Trunked channel - Issue Update
All new radio features and models supported - New CPS Feature
Support for 125 Zones and 2000 Channels - New CPS Feature
Support for 70 Trunking Systems - New CPS Feature
Support for 1250 Frequency Options per Conventional Personality - New CPS Feature
Graphical Interface for O3 and O5 Control Heads - New CPS Feature
Support for Russian Help Text - New CPS Feature
Zone Bank can now be disabled - New CPS Feature
FCC Narrowband mandate supported - Important Note
APX converter tool populates MDC ID in wrong field - CPS Issue Update
Voice Announcement - CPS Known Problem
Scan List alias invalid - CPS Known Problem
Codeplug file corruption in email - CPS Known Problem
Changing Windows Themes - CPS Known Problem
Error message while playing tutorials - CPS Known Problem
Parallel port iButton adapter phased out - CPS Known Problem
Accelerator keys not supported - CPS Known Problem
AERO theme NOT supported for VISTA and Windows 7 - CPS Known Problem
Voice Announcement Converter Utility - CPS Known Problem
Changing Screen Resolution - CPS Known Problem
Scan List field invalid - CPS Known Problem
Safely Removing USB FLASHkeys - CPS Known Problem
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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby cgroftmc » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:09 pm

Noticed the FW download also included the Flashport manual. It references iButton/Flashkey. Are the days of free FW upgrades over?

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby w2sjw » Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:38 pm

I spoke with Jeff from Sandy's & he does not believe that they have started that yet...
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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby rc50won » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:21 pm

Here it comes....

Important Notes:
Abstract: FCC Narrowband mandate supported
System Platforms Affected: UHF and VHF
Special Configurations: N/A
Description: Beginning January 1, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission will
no longer accept applications for new wideband 25 KHz operations, or modifications
of existing wideband 25 KHz stations that expands the authorized interference
contour (19 dBu VHF, 21 dBu UHF). Per the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
this software will not allow the programming of the radio to operate on 25 KHz
channel spacing for the impacted frequencies. This Customer Programming Software
is intended for programming radios to be used in the United States of America (USA)
to ensure compliance with the VHF and UHF narrowband mandate issued by the FCC.

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby w2sjw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:39 am

Guys here have mentioned that your APX has to have a certain feature present in the flashcode (Q507) to be affected by this - luckily, mine doesn't!
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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby SmackDaddy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:17 am

One observation.. After upgrading to R6, my APX-7000 display font slightly changed. Or maybe it's just my imagination?

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby tvsjr » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:54 pm

No, it changed. And the new font is UGLY. Much harder to read, odd spacing issues, etc.

Hey Moto - put it back!

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby escomm » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:51 pm

No flashkey is needed to upgrade firmware with R06

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby SmackDaddy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:59 pm

I'm personally not going to read very much into the inclusion of that FlashPort pdf document. First, that document was copyright 2009. Second, it doesn't mention anything about regular firmware uplifts. It simply documents the process of using an iButton upgrade the FlashPort options in the radio. I'm guessing it was included in error.

And yes, I agree with you tvsjr - I'm not a fan of the font change either. The new font is pretty rough around the edges.

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby w2sjw » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:04 pm

I'll live with the font change in lieu of the added features (for now). I'm also happy that Jeff is sending mine back this afternoon (got a close friend that is dying to see it in action with the 4104A RSM).
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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby jmr061 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:43 pm

Guess I am different. I like the new font. Still can't save my f*ing codeplug though, grrrrrr.

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby fail999 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:39 am

The FW bump went fine for me. I have to agree with most, the font change is a bummer.

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby N4DES » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:10 am

fail999 wrote:The FW bump went fine for me. I have to agree with most, the font change is a bummer.

fail999


Ditto, I don't like it either but oh well. I wish there was an option to choose whether to do the secure portion. Re-loading the keys after a FW bump is a pain in the a$$!

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby d119 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:14 pm

rc50won wrote:Here it comes....

Important Notes:
Abstract: FCC Narrowband mandate supported
System Platforms Affected: UHF and VHF
Special Configurations: N/A
Description: Beginning January 1, 2011 the Federal Communications Commission will
no longer accept applications for new wideband 25 KHz operations, or modifications
of existing wideband 25 KHz stations that expands the authorized interference
contour (19 dBu VHF, 21 dBu UHF). Per the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
this software will not allow the programming of the radio to operate on 25 KHz
channel spacing for the impacted frequencies. This Customer Programming Software
is intended for programming radios to be used in the United States of America (USA)
to ensure compliance with the VHF and UHF narrowband mandate issued by the FCC.


This was also mentioned when flash upgrading Astro25 radios to R16.00.00. A message comes up regarding that, but the message specifically states it will not affect frequencies in the marine radio service, MURS, Amateur Radio Service or weather service.

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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby w2sjw » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:02 pm

Got my 7000 back today - no complaints at all about the new font. It somewhat reminds me of the micro-pixel fonts that Uniden uses on the 396XT/996XT.
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Re: APX Mobile & Portable Firmware R06.00.00 Released

Postby tvsjr » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:01 am

Unfortunately, even though Moto added more zone/channel capacity, they didn't make the software any faster. Trying to do much of anything on a 75-zone, 1300 channel codeplug takes forever - and that's on a Core i7 quad-core 1.73GHz box with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD! It takes about 3 minutes to simply load the codeplug.

Ahh, reminds me of the MTSX days... "validating codeplug data"...


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