6600/6400 Mars Question? Add Extended Transmit Coverage Option

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Can the MARS option be added at a later date, or must you request it when ordering your radio?  I understand that additional hardware has to be added to enable the extended transmit coverage.  My Flex 6500 only required a software patch. 
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Bob Young

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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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The extended TX filter can be added later.
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Price? and is it user installable?
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Q1 - $399

Q2 - Yes, but it is preferred that you have it installed when you purchase the radio so that the final production tests the radio undergoes before shipping are done.
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Tim -

I ordered the MARS mod for my 6600M, which shipped yesterday (YAY!!!)  I'm curious about two things:

1.  Was testing on MARS frequencies done by the alpha and beta teams?
2.  Can you provide details on what exactly was changed for MARS support?  I know it's a filter change, but I'd like more details.

73 - David, AG4F
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Q1 -Since the only thing that was changed was the transmit frequency range, that was extensively tested by the engineering team.

Q2 - We expanded the transmit range of the PA by changing the final PA filter bank.  It covers the MARS, SHARES and other frequencies used by commercial and government customers.
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Thanks Tim.
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Bob Young

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Thanks for the info Tim.