[amsat-bb] Re: FT-736

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sun Nov 17 14:03:11 PST 2013

The lack of manual tuning when under computer control is a fundamental 
limitation of the rig.  When it switches to CAT mode, the front panel is 
disabled.  Nothing an external box can do to change this.

For the FM sats, full computer control is still possible, since all you 
need is to stay on the single Doppler-adjusted frequency.  It is 
definitely an annoyance when working the SSB/CW sats, however, but I 
find that operating the good old fashioned way (manually) still works 
well enough.  Possibly easier than setting up two rigs, depending on 
your setup.

The NORmal and REVerse tracking settings of the SAT mode switch really 
helps here.  All you need to do is find yourself in some quiet part of 
the transponder passband, then switch to the tracking setting for your 
particular bird.  (I believe they're all Reverse at the present time.)  
Then you can spin the knob to find a QSO, and join in.  You'll remain 
close to the right tuning for a few minutes (except at TCA), and can 
adjust real-time once you start talking by taking it out of tracking and 
over to either Tx or Rx (generally whichever band is higher).

Not too hard once you do it a few times.

Good luck, and enjoy the rig,

Greg  KO6TH

Tom Worthington wrote:
> Thanks for all the responses on the FT-736 and the pointers to the pic
> hardware emulator.
> Just to be clear, does the N6BIL emulator allow the manual tuning of the
> FT-736?
> It would seem that the lack of the ability to tune is a significant problem
> to making contacts.
> 73 and Aloha, Tom, NH6 Y
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