Are all the connectors on the new 6400/6400M/6600/6600M located on the back of the radio?

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Looking through my pictures and the datasheet, wondering if there are also front panel microphone, PTT and Headset connections available or planned if not presently shown?

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Steve K9ZW

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What I would like to see on all rack mounting ears some holes for front facing connections, especially on the newer rigs where everything is on the back and the ears are physically longer.  Possibly populated with things like mic, key, antenna, external speaker.

No problem, as a ham to do this myself.
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I spoke with Gerald about this very thing at Xenia. All connections are in the rear. I said that would be a problem for me. His reply was more or less that "many" people wanted the opposite. I can see that there's a panel space issue. Front connectors would mean a bigger box or a smaller screen.

I have the same complaint about the Maestro, btw. Maybe other folks think wiring is something you do once and it's done. That's not my style...

Something we could ask for would be a breakout box that brings mic, key and headphones around to the front. Of course, there's the DIY option.

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The space conundrum.

Would seem wiring falls into two general groups. That which is infrequently handled like power, coaxes, and internet - items which the back of case is natural.

And a second grouping which like microphone, audio-output, PTT and key connections which are often duplicated on the front panel for user convenience.

On the new non-"M" models the capability to rack mount would be greatly enhanced by having front panel connectivity.

Or mount it back face out and added a switch for powering up.

Breakout panels certainly can help, but should we really need one for a brand new transceiver package?

Hmmm...

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Steve
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Are the new ears strong enough
to punch out and mount multiple front facing connections?  Our rack mounting area has limited rear access and would require de-racking the equipment to add/change a connection.
I like the clean radio design however, as stated above, convenient access is appreciated in rack mounting environments.
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Mount it backward with the rear facing forward.  This is how I mounted all network gear so I have access to the import part.  The front is just cosmetic.
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That's a great engineering answer.
You cannot put connectors on the front because the M models have no room for connectors on the front. So, neither do.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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I use a Maestro for the control surface so, yes, my radio facing backward so I have easier access to the back.  it is a pragmatic answer.
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Tim i follow your suggestion  whit a small improvement i put it on the side 

so have access to power Switch  ,and connector on the back(now the side) 
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The only problem I see is that I will have to reach around the back and unplug the headphones in order to use the speaker.
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That isn't necessary.  See Rich's comment below.
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Speaker output and headphone output is independent.