Is it possible to connect a Flex 6500 via Blue tooth to a Desc and or Lab Top?

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Willem (PD0OHW)

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Mack McCormick, Elmer

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Willem,

The 6500 can only via connected via ethernet. The radio has a RJ-45 connector on the rear for a wired ethernet connection. I have no idea if it would be possible to use some sort of external ethernet to bluetooth adapter.

You'll love the radio.

Mack
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As far as I can tell there is no Bluetooth capability built into the Flex 6500. If the unit has an imbedded windows 10 operating system, which I think it does,  it is possible that a Bluetooth dongle might work on the usb port assuming the drivers are present.

 

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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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The flex 6500 itself runs Linux and custom software. I’ve tried w Bluetooth dongle, it doesn’t work. Maestro is built around windows 10. No Bluetooth is enabled there either.
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That clears it up. Kind of figures. Thanks


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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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The only way to get BT is to use a PC with SmartSDR, Mac with DogParkSDR or use an iOS device with SmartSDR. I personally just use wired headphones because of the latency. 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Official Response
Bluetooth is not supported on any of our radio products.
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With BT built into nearly everything now-a-days, it is a shame BT wasn't part of the Flex engineering.  Perhaps we'll see BT in the 7xxx series. 

I use DL8MRE's SmartSDR App, iPad device, and BT headset, and BT tuning device. Works great.
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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I wonder how hard it would be in Maestro since the tablet module likely supports it. Just thinking out loud. 
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Can I forward all the support calls to you? ;-)
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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LOL.
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Figured as much :-D