3.68 went to final production release this morning. K3 utility will now automatically find it for download when you 'check versions'.
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In general, the reason we use a zipped set of files in a different ftp directory for beta releases is to avoid unwary customers downloading pre-release beta firmware automatically with K3 utility. K3 utility will not recognize the zipped beta f/w file, so it requires a little extra effort to copy the zip file, uncompress it to a new directory and redirect K3Utility to that directory for the installation.
Beta firmware is pre-tested here and by our field testers, so its usually very stable, but we use the final step of beta testing it with willing customers as our final pre-release step.
73, Eric WA6HHQ
--- In Elecraft_K3@..., Iain MacDonnell - N6ML <ar@...> wrote:
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 2:39 AM, Jim Rossell <k3qyr@...> wrote:
3.68 is a beta release - pls read:
Where is 3.68 ? When I download all I get is 3.63.
~Iain / N6ML
From: KD3TB <idarack@...>
Sent: Mon, December 14, 2009 8:59:06 PM
Subject: [Elecraft_K3] Firmware 3.63
Where can I find a copy of Firmware Release 3.63 (last official release). I check the firmware website and did not find a copy and for some reason did not save a copy on my hard drive. I will need a full release so that I can go revert back from a newer firmware update.
I recently loaded the Beta Firmware Release 3.68 and used it in the recent ARRL 10M contest for CW contacts. I was getting a clicking noise from adjacent CW stations and not sure if the roofing filters configuration was working properly? I was in my lowest filter (500 Hz), CW mode and stations that were out of the pass band for this filter (> than 500 Hz), were giving me a clicking sound. Not sure why and if this was operator error? But best, to revert back to my previous firmware.
Thanks and regards, Irwin
Irwin Darack - KD3TB