Bert: I have a 736R. You have to switch modes to use a CW key. If you switch both uplink and downlink to CW, and match the returning signal's tone to the sidetone, then switch back to USB down/LSB up, you will be on frequency. I don't use the PTT switch as I use a sequencer. I suspect the passage Note that you can't switch modes while the transmitter is on, so do it before you key up. This also assumes the sidetone is accurately set to the CW offset tone--mine is. You can also switch only the transmit signal to CW, leaving the downlink on USB. Then you have to zero-beat your signal (ie. no tone). This is less accurate than matching one audible tone with another, and you'll have to fine-tune your voice by ear. Another effective way to do it without switching modes is to whistle your dots into the mic. Just match the pitch of the received signal with the pitch of your whistle, and you'll be on freq. The reason for using CW dots tuning the uplink is that when you swish over an ongoing QSO with quick dots, you are less disruptive. The other people have a prayer of still carrying on their conversation. If you stay on one frequency and talk until you find yourself, you may blow the QSO on that frequency out of the water, er--air, er--space. :-) Peter A. Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org) : -----==3== --- --- Network Administrator, LAN/WAN/Novell : | | | | | | | | Seattle University, 296-5569 : @| @| @| @| @| @| @| @| On Wed, 10 Jun 1998, Bert McClellan wrote: > Hello, > > I have been using the Yaesu 736 R for 3 years. (Yes I finally read the > manual) There is a feature I cannot figure out how to make it work. To > find my own downlink, I have always set the sat switch to receive and > tuned the downlink saying "test 1 2 3 4" etc. (probley will get some > flack about using the downlink to tune) I have often heard others using > a short string of dots. The manual, in "To operate through a satellite" > item 5 page 36 (my manual) says set the SAT switch to receive freq. and > close the PPT switch (or close your key to send a string of dots) to > transmit. This does not make sense as when in sideband you can key the > mike and the radio does not transmit until you speak into the mike. When > I bought the radio I sent in a few questions to Yaesu . This was one of > the questions and the only one they did not answer. > Thanks in advance Bert N7TKO Gold Bar, WA.