Does the 6600M have relay or pin diode filter switches?

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I may be using my new 6600M for MIL-ALE-141 via PC-ALE or MARS-ALE (or both).  When scanning, the software can do up to 10 frequency switches per second (multiple bands).  A radio with relay switching for the filters will die quickly under those conditions (at least the relays are likely to die an untimely death).  A radio that uses pin diode switching should fare much better.

So, which is it for the 6600M?

73 - David, AG4F
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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This is a fallacy that the radio will die quicker with relay switching.  The relays are rated for a very high number of actuations.  I did the math a while back and if the radio ran 7x24x365 with a band change every 10 seconds, you will not hit the rated spec for something like 10 years. 

BTW, it is a reed relay, not a pin diode.
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WOW I’m glad to hear that they are reed relays they are super reliable and fast.
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That makes two of us.
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Joe N9VX

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Is the same relay used in the 6400?
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Yes
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Tim -

Thanks for the elmering!

So the 6600M is using reed relays vs mechanical relays, correct?

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In QSK mode, it uses a reed relay.