Aironet 1100 Radio disabled at power up

Just setting up an Aironet 1100. Anytime I reboot (or if power is lost) it comes up with the "radio" disabled. I understand that this may be the default behavior before configuring but shouldn't it remember the settings so it reboots to the last state? I am sure it is not desired to have to reenable the radio on every AP after a power failure. What am I missing?
Thanks. Bruce
Model info and software versions below:
Product/Model Number: AIR-AP1121G-A-K9
Top Assembly Serial Number: FTX1033V144
System Software Filename: c1100-k9w7-tar.123-8.JEB1
System Software Version: 12.3(8)JEB1
Bootloader Version: 12.3(2)JA4

Thanks Mike:
I had seen that info about 12.3(4)---but thought that applied to default behavior and not whether it would explain losing the enabled status at every reboot.
Should I try to upgrade the bootloader to a newer version (can that be done, where are the files?). Some of the terminology is confusing. I wasn't sure if that applied to my system (12.3(2)JA4) since that talks about 12.3(4)JA2 having the radio disabled by default and no SSID.
I actually had tried to upload the newest system software (from JEB1) but that failed.
Does the system software upgrade also update the bootloader version or are they independant?
thanks for you help

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