Alfonso Faustino: US Coast Guard AUX COW Christmas Party 2018

My first US Coast Guard AUX COW Christmas Dinner, 2018. I’m proud and honored to be part of the US Coast Guard family and team; and, soon, I will have bars on my shoulder boards. Trinity willing, I hope to have many more. Merry Christmas and Check 6! /s/ Alfonso Faustino

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: 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:…