Alfonso Faustino: G1098 (NATO) Watch Straps

G1098 (hereinafter, NATO) straps have been around for a long time.  You can search the NATO strap history on the internet and learn about them.  I recently found out about these cool, fun, sporty, tactical, and sophisticated watch straps several weeks ago. One night, while being up late due to a bout of insomnia, I…

Alfonso Faustino: Audition Coach: Dana Salah

Since November 2018, my agent and manager have been frequently sending me out to auditions for film and television in Los Angeles. In order for me to prepare for my auditions, I hired Dana Salah of SidesandLines.com, as my audition coach.  She is awesome. I decided to work with Dana for the following reasons: –…

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: The Faustino San Francisco Compound: Eagle’s Nest

1-January-2019 marks the five-year anniversary of my family and me building a brand new home in one of San Francisco’s most exclusive and prestigious neighborhood, which I call, Top Of Nob Hill. This BLOG is about my family’s dream-home journey with our awesome and ethical contractor, PJ Hegarty and his team.  Our home is NOT…

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: 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 —…