Alfonso Faustino: Gerry Filby (W6WNG): AllStar ClearNode

Buy it! Yup, simple as that…buy one — you won’t regret it — if you do, you can always return it within 30 days of receipt. Gerry Filby’s ClearNode is one of the best purchases I made for 2020. I needed to access the PAPA Systems’s analog repeaters to maintain my HAM contacts in the…

Alfonso Faustino: PAPA System: New P25 Network

4-October-2020, @ 0248 Hours PDT, I received information from Cecil Casillas (WD6FZA), that he and his team completed the installation and testing of the new P25 repeaters in the PAPA System network in Southern California. This is truly an amazing accomplishment by Cecil and his team. Members of the PAPA System now has access to…

Alfonso Faustino: HAM Satellite Repeaters

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Wade, W5ERX, for introducing me to HAM Satellite Repeaters (hereinafter, in this BLOG, HSR). I was on P25 North America 10200; and, I connected with W5ERX, and through our conversation, he told me about his recent adventure: HAM Satellite Repeaters. Several satellites in space have HAM analog duplex…

Alfonso Faustino: Garmin inReach EXPLORER+

I do a lot of activities in areas that do not have mobile signals for my iPhone 11 Pro; hence, when I’m out in these areas, I carry and rely upon two significant tools: Motorola APX 8000HXE and Garmin inReach EXPLORER+. I’ve already written a BLOG on my Motorola APX 8000HXE; hence, this BLOG is…

Alfonso Faustino: Volunteer Emergency Auxiliary Comms Credentials

BLUF: The purpose of this BLOG is to introduce to you my Emergency Auxiliary Comms Credential, as a resource for you, in the event you are interested in furthering your HAM skills and donating your HAM skills and time with various agencies, as an emergency auxiliary communications (comms) person. Emergency Auxiliary Comms deals with using…

Alfonso Faustino: BridgeCom’s AnyTone D868UV and D878UV Plus: Pass!

Recently, I received many emails about AnyTone transceivers — these new HAM operators and existing HAM operators are in the market for a new transceiver, asked me, “what about AnyTone [transceivers]?”  Normally, I don’t talk about AnyTone transceivers; because, I have nothing good to say about AnyTone; however, since AnyTone advertises their transceivers for LEOs, fire-fighters, first-responders, and etc for…

Alfonso Faustino: Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack

I’m a bag-freak. I have many bags in my storage area; and, they are all in excellent condition, regardless of age and deployment activities. At this point in time, my most used back-pack is my Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack. Don’t get me wrong, my deployment activities ain’t like the US Navy SEALs; but,…

Alfonso Faustino: For me, it’s all about the RX and TX

HAM operators were talking about the stuff they looked for in a transceiver…many operators were talking about features like color-display, caller-ID, water-resistant, DMR, System Fusion, D-STAR, VFO, and so on. When it came to me, I mentioned only two things: RX and TX. Really, in all honesty, I couldn’t care less about caller-ID, color-display, and…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE

Before I start this BLOG, I wanna mention some thank-yous during my Motorola journey for the past four years: Tom Nasso (N6MVT): AKA: Boss: Founder & Owner of the CARLA System: CARLARadio.net. When I got my HAM License, Boss took me under his wing and taught me about repeaters, simplex, antennas, and transceivers. He started…

Alfonso Faustino: P25 & Reflectors

I really dig the P25 digital network; and, I, especially, dig the operators that I have met on P25 since being a newbie on this network. I use repeater WI6H, which is a newly installed Motorola Quantar P25 repeater in San Francisco’s Twin Peaks mountain. The coverage is excellent, and the voice quality is superb….