The 6500 gets the ARRL's attention in in the February 2017 edition of QST. I've yet to read the full review - I already know how the story ends. It also includes a video which, well, I'll let you be the judge. https://youtu.be/jesaObigDlI
When Kevin gets though to the end of the review, he will find that the last page was written by me. As a QST contributing contest author and as an active contester familiar with the platform, I was asked to write the contesters impressions sidebar on page 58. It was my pleasure to author it and I hope you all enjoy the article.