Alfonso Faustino: Richard Pon, CPA & CFP

(BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front)): Richard Pon, CPA and CFP, is an expert in his field.  He has the education, years of experience, and ongoing training to guide you through your finances and tax seasons…whether you are a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company or an individual filing a 1040 EZ, Richard has the expertise to maximize your…

Alfonso Faustino: San Francisco Police Department

The men and women that make up the San Franciso Police Department train to serve and protect the residents in San Franciso; AND, they also support, educate, motivate, and inspire our San Francisco youths to be safe and pursue their dreams. Unfortunately, the media seldom covers SFPD officers, like Officer Dandre Williams, Sgt. Ray Padmore,…

Alfonso Faustino: Ailunce HD1 GPS: An Excellent HAM-only Transceiver

If you’re looking for a HAM hand-held transceiver (HT), the Ailunce HD1 GPS is the way to go.  Many of you have read my first BLOG about this transceiver, and I’m writing this BLOG; because, the people at Ailunce, Yolonda Guo, Vivian Vu, and Cherry Xiao, and, most importantly, the HAM operators, have made many…

Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF): Maxpedition Falcon III

I dig bags — I have so many of them — yeah, it’s a fetish of mine, and I’ve put them all to the test — from EDC to bug-out survival bags, I’ve deployed them on land, sea, and air excursions. Based upon my experiences thus far, I must say, unequivocally, the Maxpedition Falcon III…

Alfonso Faustino: United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

After extensive background checks, basic qualifications testing, boating test, ICS-100, and ICS-700, I am finally in the USCGAUX (United States Coast Guard Auxiliary). Now, I can proudly wear the uniform. So what happens now? Well, I will be working on getting my ribbons and shoulder bars in aviation, SAR, vessel inspection, and radio communications. Yesterday,…

Alfonso Faustino: Super Heterodyne vs. Direct Conversion, and Front-end Transceivers

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): Your transceivers should be Super Heterodyne and have front-end filters (the ability to block unwanted RF) when in ICS-based emergency operations.  If you don’t get Super Heterodyne transceivers and don’t have a filter for the front-end, you will experience desensitizing in your transceivers while involved with ICS-based emergency comm operations:…

Alfonso Faustino: Shark RF openSpot and DVMega Bluestack (K6ASf)

I was on my way to San Francisco International Airport while involved with Charlie’s (N6JOA) net control on DMR Talk Group: 31068.  I was in San Francisco South West part of San Francisco, and I was trying to stay connected with CARLA’s K6LNK DMR repeater, but was not having a good shot at it —…

Alfonso Faustino: Shark RF openSPOT (K6ASF)

Yesterday, 8-December-2017, at 1430 Hours PST, I was on DMR Talk Group 3100 chatting it up with Ben (KC2RXV) in Tel Aviv: Israel. Ben was telling me about his satisfaction with the Shark RF openSPOT; hence, I became interested in it; because, I wanted a device that would give me strong signal strength inside my…