Alfonso Faustino: P-25 & Reflectors

I really dig the P25 (P-25)digital network; and, I, especially, dig the operators that I have met on P-25 since being a newbie on this network. BLUF: P-25 sounds better than DMR. I suspect the reason for the sound quality and excellent coverage is that most P-25 repeater owner-operators use Motorola repeaters, such as, but…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000H Submersible

It’s official! Motorola factory is putting my brand new Motorola APX 8000 together. I closed the deal today, 28-May-2020. I decided not to got with the H on advice of counsel; because, the H is for extreme conditions; and, the Motorola APX 8000, without the H, is already more than extreme enough. Unless, I’m going…

Alfonso Faustino: Flex Tax and Consulting Group

My father told me, “son, when you start accumulating your wealth, you need four types of resources in your life: – doctor, – lawyer, – CPA, and an – automobile technician.” I have all four of these resources; and, in this review, I want to write about CPA firm that my family and I use: Flex…

Alfonso Faustino: What is HAM?

What is HAM? HAM is a global communications network using radio frequencies (RF) to send and receive voice and digital communications over the airwaves.  HAM is similar to your AM/FM radio except your AM/FM radio is one-way communications. In an emergency situation, HAM is a global communications network that assists society in a catastrophe (man-made (e.g.,…

Alfonso Faustino: SharkRF openSpot2: Dream Come True! (K6ASF)

Three major digital HAM networks exist: DMR, System Fusion, and D-STAR. Other digital networks exists, such as, but not limited to P25, but they are not as popular-used as the three aforementioned digital networks, supra. I prefer hand-held transceivers; hence, I will be restricting the scope of the BLOG to my preferred hand-held transceivers. When…

Alfonso Faustino: Kenwood TH-D74A — Awesome! (K6ASF)

BLUF: The Kenwood TH-D74A is a D-STAR-based super heterodyne tri-band transceiver that has an effective front-end filter to eliminate desensitization and cross-modulation from other frequencies when in close proximity of other HAM operators.  It is a functional transceiver for social HAM operations as well as mission-critical ICS-based emergency communications (comms).  It is durable and reliable,…

Alfonso Faustino: INRICO T320: Mobile Phone AND Network Radio

My good friend and fellow HAM Operator, Ben, call-sign, KC2RXV, gave me a gift — the INRICO T320 Network Radio integrated with a mobile phone.  I absolutely dig this transceiver/phone. In summary, this is a network walk-talkie that can be used for all types of purposes: family and friends communications, mission-critical ICS-based communications, law enforcement,…

Alfonso Faustino: DMR & Yaesu System Fusion

I’m fortunate to have access to both DMR and Yaesu’s System Fusion and WiresX digital networks; and, I want to share my experiences with you regarding both digital networks. In this BLOG I will, at a 50,000-feet level, generally talk about the two digital networks I use for my HAM operations: DMR and System Fusion…