I recently bought an used Yaesu FT-736R VHF/UHF transceiver.
The claim is the it comes with CAT interfacing.
Is this true CAT interfacing, like what I have with the CI-V interface on my IC-910H?
YES (sort of) and NO.
The Yaesu FT-736R is a early to mid-1980s design, the Icom IC-910H is a late 1990s design.
The Yaesu FT-847 is closer to the Icom IC-910 in design era (time frames).
Yaesu provided a first-generation (limited) CAT interface for the FT-736R, which means:
1. It is NOT full featured as found on later radios, such as the FT-847 radio which replaced it.
2. Some functions for CAT software, such as Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD), do not work with FT-736R.
3. Due to limited functionality, some software authors/writers do NOT support the FT-736R.
There is a DIY solution, that has been developed (PIC processor) to ADD functionality,
through emulation (FT-847).
GO TO YouTube and view the solution developed 2 years ago for FT-736R to work with Ham Radio Deluxe.
Yaesu FT-736R with Ham Radio Deluxe by Dave, KA6BFBhttp://home.comcast.net/~tinkyr/736/Ham%20Radio%20Deluxe%20and%20the%20FT-736.htm
FT-847 Hardware Emulator for the Yaesu FT-736R by Chuck, N6BILhttp://home.comcast.net/~tinkyr/736/N6BIL%20Hardware%20Emulator.htm
FT-847 Windows Emulator for the FT-736R and CAT Interfacing with 6-pin DIN on Yaesu FT-736Rhttp://home.comcast.net/~tinkyr/736/KA6BFB%20Windows%20Emulator.htm