In reply to G1INK:
The original 817 firmware read the “solder blobs” configuration info on a hard reset and set the rig accordingly. If you opened it with software, it would stay in that configuration until given a hard reset. The newer 817 firmware reads the config. info on every power up. This means that if you open it with software and then cycle the power then the config. info is read again overwriting the software changes. Apparently this change was an FCC led request.
Modifying the blobs is easy if you have average dexterity and eyesight. 10 mins to strip the 817 and extract the front panel. 5 mins to solder the blobs, 10 mins to reassemble. The only problem is likely to be if you are completely inept and have a soldering iron bit that is big enough to brand cattle rather than work on electronics. If you have, then buy a decent iron (anyone saying Antex will get a smack) and practice. I’m sorry but if you can’t solder you’re not an amateur. (Age related and/or medically based dexterity and eyesight issues excepted of course.)
If you were local, I’d help you mod your 817. I’m sure there must be someone local who can help you without resorting to paying a dealer.