Alfonso Faustino: D-STAR, DMR, & System Fusion — Oh my! Which one?

This BLOG is for relatively new HAM operators interested in getting into the HAM digital network. HAM Digital Network Requirements: – DMR ID: You need to get a DMR ID to get on DMR. HAM license required. – D-STAR Database: You need to register your call-sign into the D-STAR database to get on D-STAR. HAM…

Alfonso Faustino: SharkRF openSpot2: Dream Come True!

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!

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: Faustino Compound: Top Of Nob Hill: San Francisco

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: 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: 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…

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: Ailunce HD1 GPS: An Excellent HAM-only Transceiver

If you’re looking for a HAM hand-held transceiver (HT) for social and personal emergency comms, 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,…