Alfonso Faustino: Baofeng GT3TP (K6ASF)

I have tope-end HAM transceivers: Yaesu and Motorola; and, I have never purchased a low-end product of any sort — ever.  My father always taught me to purchase the best — put the initial capital of buying the best; and, it will save you time and money in the long run — he was correct….

Alfonso Faustino: Bugging out to Los Angeles (K6ASF)

I have to hit Los Angeles for a production meeting; so, I have my Maxpedtion Mongo Versipack all packed and ready to go for my short hop to Los Angeles. I’m bringing my PCC to set up at the studio to see if I can make some contact with the Los Angeles HAM folks. Normally, I…

Alfonso Faustino: CARLA Repeater Network — a must! (K6ASF)

I strongly believe, as an emergency-trained personnel using the HAM transceivers as one of my many tools, it is important to be part of a working, functional, reliable communications network; hence, CARLA System is my go-to primary repeater network. Why? Because, the CARLA network consists of hundreds of repeaters, countless volunteer personnel, all working 24/7…

Alfonso Faustino: A wonderful repeater, Napa’s WA7G (K6ASF)

I found a wonderful repeater in Napa, which is part of the WIN System, called, WA7G. It is an active repeater; and, the repeater works so well that all the HAM operators sound like they are all talking in one room.  HAM operators from all over the US seem to migrate to this repeater and…

Alfonso Faustino: FCC Grants New Call-sign: K6ASF

Many thanks to Wayne (K6WSA).  He and other HAM operators have been very supportive of me and provided me with lots of great information and guidance. Wayne came up with my new call-sign, K6ASF; and, today, 23-May-2017, @ 2401 hours PDT, the FCC granted K6ASF to me. This will be my final call-sign.

Alfonso Faustino: “Why so many transceivers?” (K6ASF)

I once asked Wayne (K6WSA), “Why would you have 10 transceivers?”  I could not comprehend, at the time, the reason that so many HAM operators have more than two transceivers.  Now, the reason for two is usually because a HAM operator would have one handheld and one base station. As it turns out, most HAM…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola HT1550 XLS UHF Transceiver: 403-470 MHz (K6ASF)

This Motorola HT1550 XLS UHF transceiver was programmed to execute FFP (Front Face Programming) without a red battery.  The keypad is designed to execute functions to program the radio, and this radio is rich with features: text messaging, phone calls, and can be programmed for GMRS and FRS frequencies. My Motorola hand-held transceiver collection: Check…

Alfonso Faustino: NERT & San Francisco Fire Department (K6ASF)

After six weeks of studying and training, it was really nice to have graduated to being a NERT — not a Nerd — a NERT.  NERT stands for Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, which is an auxiliary of the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). As mentioned in my previous BLOGs, I completed an 18-month combat, tactical,…

Alfonso Faustino: Maxpedition: Black Mongo Versipack: EDC (K6ASF)

As I mentioned in my previous BLOG, my survival skills (urban and wilderness survival training), my strategic and tactical combat training, my knowledge, and practice are more important to me than any EDC or bug-out pack.  The more I know and the more I practice and train, the lighter my EDC and bug-out pack become;…