Ok I see what you are saying. That makes sense now, I can run a .decode('cp500') on the items in question and get what I am after.

Thank you very much!

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On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 5:14 PM, Jeremy Meyer <JMeyer@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Python 3 locally on the IBM i. Anytime I query a 65535 field I get what appears to be hex.

OK. What I was really after is: What's the data type of the database field, and most importantly, what's the Python data type that gets retrieved?

I'm guessing the database field is some flavor of character. In Python, I can imagine a few possibilities (I don't have easy access to your combination of CCSID 65535 and Python to test for myself).
Hopefully you have type `bytes` or possibly `bytearray`. Then it is a simple matter to use the `decode` method. However, if you have `str`, then it could be tricky.

John Y.
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