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I am aware that I can do an in kind transfer from a conventional IRA to a Roth (with tax consequences, naturally). Of course, the fly in the ointment is that I would have to have a pre-existing Roth.

Fidelity will create a Roth IRA for you as part of the convert (rollover) process.
https://www.fidelity.com/building-savings/learn-about-iras/c...

One thing to be aware of... you cannot convert (rollover) your RMD to a Roth IRA. So deal with the RMD first, then rollover afterward. If you don't... the RMD will be treated as an excess contribution and you’ll pay a 6% annual penalty while the RMD remains in the Roth. [NOTE: You have until October 15 of the year after the excess contribution to correct it.]
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