I purchased the new 6EX on Ebay from Rc Hobby Experts for $78 which I thought was a good deal. I followed the Ebay procedure in reporting the problem to the supplier on Friday night. This morning I received a reply offering to exchange it or send it to Futaba. He asked what the exact light pattern when I had attempted the bind.
Since memory has not been my strong point for a while I reinstalled the R617FS and attempted to initiate a bind to see what the fault blinking pattern was I had seen before. It flashed red once and went solid green and then the esc armed.
Why it bound today and not before is a mystery but that is what happened. I also retried binding to my FrSky Orange Fasst compatible rx's. It worked.
I have no explanation and since I have been using a 7C also I knew the very simple bind procedure. I have never experienced any problem with my 7C radio.
Your comments were appreciated and confirmed what I had thought.