Alfonso Faustino: Gerry Filby (W6WNG): AllStar ClearNode

UPDATE: 5-January-2021, at 1453: Gerry Filby made a major software update: DMR functions. Yes — ClearNode can access DMR and talk-groups associated to Brandmeister and TGIF. I am hoping Gerry Filby will give an update for P25 functions. Now, I can finally use my Motorola XTS 5000R to access DMR talk-groups…and, I can finally use…

Alfonso Faustino: HAM Nets: Digital & Analog

I received emails from some new HAM operators regarding nets that I attend. By way of background, I’m am a member of two different two-way radio (transceiver) clubs: PAPA System Cathay Radio Club PAPA System is a full service one-stop radio club. Members can RX and TX on DMR, DSTAR, P25, and analog repeaters. Analog…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XTS 5000 Programming Cable: Mark V. Dunkle

I’m a big fan of the Motorola XTS 5000 series. Although discontinued by Motorola in December 2019, the Motorola XTS 5000 is still relevant and in use by many first responder agencies and government agencies. For HAM operators, the Motorola XTS 5000 is an excellent choice for HAM operators wanting to get into P25 Phase…

Alfonso Faustino: PAPA System: New P25 Network

4-October-2020, @ 0248 Hours PDT, I received information from Cecil 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 all HAM…

Alfonso Faustino: HAM Satellite Repeaters

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

Alfonso Faustino: HAM P25

BLUF: The following are P25 repeaters and P25 talk-groups/reflectors. This list will keep you entertained with your P25 activities. Enjoy! P25 Talk-groups — at times, talk-groups are also called reflectors: PAPA P25 Chat: 31077 PAPA P25xDMR: 31078 (This is a P25 bridge that connects to PAPA’s DMR system; and, the DMR system is linked to…

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

I became a HAM operator to meet one goal…volunteer my skills, talent, and experiences as an emergency auxiliary communications specialist to first-responder agencies. If you’re interested in volunteering your skills, talents, and experiences to a first-responder’s agency, here are the three of which I’m involved: USCG Auxiliary San Francisco Fire Department: NERT (I am considering…

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…