Yaesu FT-736R Multi-band Satellite Ham Transceiver Review
Yaesu FT-736R Multi-band Satellite Transceiver Major Features:
- Multiband satellite transceiver operates on 2m and 70cm ham bands
- Add additional bands with 6m, 1.25m and 23cm optional modules
- High sensitivity Receiver
- Transmits on 2 meters and 25watts on 70cm
- Built in AC power supply and 12vdc operation
- Built-in CTCSS encoder
I bought this multiband satellite transceiver from Ham Radio Outlet a few years back.
I bought the 220mhz, the 1.2ghz module and CTCSS decoder board at the same time.
I like the looks of this radio, uncluttered and well thought out.
I fired it up and it all worked fine. The audio quality is excellent both ways.
At first I used it only for FM. Later I used it on the satellites.
I even worked Oscar 10 (I have QSL cards to prove it).
I found it easy to compensate for doppler shift.
The receiver in the FT-736R is quite sensitive.
I was using my homebrew masthead preamplifiers on the beam antennas so my receive performance
was excellent. The one annoyance I had is with the AGC set to fast on SSB it may distort the audio.
Over the years, an issue developed where I would get a crackle on receive with strong FM signals after the
radio heated up. It sounded like a geiger counter.
It would also get the crackle in the transmitted audio when using higher transmit power.
I used a small fan on the case which worked for about 1 year. Then the problem got so persistent that nothing would stop it.
I ended up taking it apart to figure it out. It wound up being a defective tantalum capacitor
located in one of the oscillator sections. I replaced it and bam, no more problem.
While I was in there, I decided to change reduce the fast AGC setting so it wasn't so annoying.
I just added an additional capacitor and that was better too.
There are reports that this radio has internal power supply issues. Mine never had this problem.
During all this, I bought the Yaesu FT-847 that came out because
I wanted HF band operation too. I originally thought I would sell the FT-736R afterwards, but I liked
having the two radios together. A few years later my amateur radio operations slowed down to almost nothing
(due to lack of time) so I decided to sell the FT-736R.
Yaesu FT-736R Multi-band Satellite Transceiver Pros:
Yaesu FT-736R Multi-band Transceiver Cons:
- You can add more bands with addon modules
- Sensitive receiver
- Good transmit audio
- Built-in CTCSS encoder
- Nice well laid out controls
- Easy to read display
- No Built-in CTCSS decoder
Yaesu FT-736R Spot Rating:
Overall, it's a good reliable general use multiband and satellite transceiver.