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: Motorola XTS 5000 Transceivers Model III and Model II

I really enjoy these two Motorola XTS 5000s: Model III and Model II (pictured above). I use them to listen to law enforcement officers and fire fighters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Wouldn’t it be less expensive to just purchase a scanner? The answer is, “yes.” A scanner would be less expensive…

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: Two-Way Motorola Professional P25 Programming

I have an insatiable appetite for learning stuff — I love to learn, and my healthy curiosity gets me to meeting new people and learning new stuff. After learning the way to programming Motorola FM analog transceivers, I had to learn the way to program Motorola DMR digital transceivers; and, now, I found myself wanting…

Alfonso Faustino: Couples Therapist: Jessica Harvey, MFT

I have never been to a therapist as an individual; because, thanks for my father, he gave me the mental tools to figure stuff on my own; and, he gave my strong self-esteem and strong PMA (Positive Mental Attitude); hence, as a result of my father and the Trinity, I am proud to claim as…

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:…