Thanks for the suggestion. I called Bud this morning at ARS come to find out he is right down the street from me. He also suggested that I try and tune slightly off frequency to see if that opens the repeater since he thinks that the rig might slightly off frequency. Thanks for the idea about the memory and yes I did try that using both the Mem and VFO to see if I could get either one to work (no luck when I was right on the repeater frequency). I'll try Bud's suggestion when I get home.
The 736R has a discriminator meter built-in as a standard feature. You'll know if the rig is "off frequency" compared with the repeater by just selecting that function (DISC/ALC - it's a discriminator meter on RX and an ALC meter on TX) and tuning in the repeater in VFO mode. When the meter is exactly "centered," you're tuned dead-on its frequency. When you transmit with the standard offset, your transmitter will be 5.000 MHz offset. If you find your dial reads the frequency the repeater is "supposed to be" on when you zero the meter, then there is no "off frequency" problem.