Alfonso Faustino: Europe’s DMR and Yaesu’s System Fusion (K6ASF)

Many people, including HAM operators, ask me about my experiences with two digital HAM networks: Yaesu’s System Fusion and Europe’s DMR. Here is a 50,000-foot-level view of the two digital systems. Analogy Of Digital Networks My analogy of digital networks is an office building.  The repeater is the door; the digital network is a big…

Alfonso Faustino: Baofeng GT3TP (K6ASF)

(UPDATE: 31-May-2016, @ 2330 Hours PDT: On a simplex frequency, my acting classmate, Matthew, call-sign: Crazy Canook, used my girlfriend’s Baofeng GT3TP hand-held transceiver, and he spoke to me from Linden Street in Oakland, California, while I was at Eagle’s Nest — that’s over 9 miles away on a simplex frequency — no repeaters at…

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…