Alfonso Faustino: Garmin inReach EXPLORER+

I do a lot of activities in areas that do not have mobile signals for my iPhone 11 Pro; hence, when I’m out in these areas, I carry and rely upon two significant tools: Motorola APX 8000HXE and Garmin inReach EXPLORER+. I’ve already written a BLOG on my Motorola APX 8000HXE; hence, this BLOG is…

Alfonso Faustino: Volunteer Emergency Auxiliary Comms Credentials

BLUF: The purpose of this BLOG is to introduce to you my Emergency Auxiliary Comms Credential, as a resource for you, in the event you are interested in furthering your HAM skills and donating your HAM skills and time with various agencies, as an emergency auxiliary communications (comms) person. Emergency Auxiliary Comms deals with using…

Alfonso Faustino: BridgeCom’s AnyTone D868UV and D878UV Plus: Pass!

Recently, I received many emails about AnyTone transceivers — these new HAM operators and existing HAM operators are in the market for a new transceiver, asked me, “what about AnyTone [transceivers]?”  Normally, I don’t talk about AnyTone transceivers; because, I have nothing good to say about AnyTone; however, since AnyTone advertises their transceivers for LEOs, fire-fighters, first-responders, and etc for…

Alfonso Faustino: Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack

I’m a bag-freak. I have many bags in my storage area; and, they are all in excellent condition, regardless of age and deployment activities. At this point in time, my most used back-pack is my Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack. Don’t get me wrong, my deployment activities ain’t like the US Navy SEALs; but,…

Alfonso Faustino: For me, it’s all about the RX and TX

HAM operators were talking about the stuff they looked for in a transceiver…many operators were talking about features like color-display, caller-ID, water-resistant, DMR, System Fusion, D-STAR, VFO, and so on. When it came to me, I mentioned only two things: RX and TX. Really, in all honesty, I couldn’t care less about caller-ID, color-display, and…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE

Before I start this BLOG, I wanna mention some thank-yous during my Motorola journey for the past four years: Tom Nasso (N6MVT): AKA: Boss: Founder & Owner of the CARLA System: CARLARadio.net. When I got my HAM License, Boss took me under his wing and taught me about repeaters, simplex, antennas, and transceivers. He started…

Alfonso Faustino: P25 & Reflectors

I really dig the P25 digital network; and, I, especially, dig the operators that I have met on P25 since being a newbie on this network. BLUF: P25 sounds better than DMR. I suspect the reason for the sound quality and excellent coverage is that most P25 repeater owner-operators use Motorola repeaters, such as, but…

Alfonso Faustino: Flex Tax and Consulting Group

My father told me, “son, when you start accumulating your wealth, you need four types of resources in your life: – doctor, – lawyer, – CPA, and an – automobile technician.” I have all four of these resources; and, in this review, I want to write about CPA firm that my family and I use: Flex…