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…

Alfonso Faustino: CARLA: Antenna Replacement Project (K6ASF)

Boss, N6MVT, invited me to go with him to one of the CARLA sites to replace an antenna on one of CARLA’s towers. I always enjoy helping Boss at his CARLA’s sites; because, I get to see all the technology that makes CARLA so great. In addition to CARLA’s technology, CARLA resides in some of…

Alfonso Faustino: NERT Training with San Francisco Fire Department

Yesterday, 18-November-2017, 0830-1530 Horus PST, I had San Francisco Fire Department’s NERT training, and I was part of a team in charge of communications with San Francisco Fire Department’s Battalion 6. It was a great learning experience for me; because, I had to learn a new way of communicating with field operators and the San…

Alfonso Faustino: Apple iPhone X

Several years ago, an Apple representative from their Cupertino California HQ called me on my iPhone.  They told me about their new Apple iPhone Upgrade Program, and based upon my standing of always buying a brand new iPhone and my excellent credit scores, they invited me to participate in this new pilot program along with…