Alfonso Faustino: Shark RF openSPOT (K6ASF)

Yesterday, 8-December-2017, at 1430 Hours PST, I was on DMR Talk Group 3100 chatting it up with Ben (KC2RXV) in Tel Aviv: Israel. Ben was telling me about his satisfaction with the Shark RF openSPOT; hence, I became interested in it; because, I wanted a device that would give me strong signal strength inside my…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 7550 VHF Transceiver (K6ASF)

My collection of Motorola hand-held transceivers is complete with the Motorola  XPR 7550 VHF hand-held transceiver, shown below. The Motorola XPR 7550 VHF transceiver will take the place of my Motorola Radius CP200, as shown in the picture, below.  I will either sell or use it as a back-up for VHF communications. Since I already…

Alfonso Faustino: My code-plug of repeaters (K6ASF)

Since I transitioned to using Motorola transceivers, XPR 7550e (UHF), CP200 (VHF), and XPR 7580 (33-Centimeter), I have to do my best to ensure that each of these transceivers can provide me with the necessary coverage I need in the event of a catastrophe that knocks out the mobile phone services. By far, my XPR…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 7580 Transceiver: 806-941 MHz (K6ASF)

An acquaintance gave me a Motorola XPR 7580, and his gift forced me to expand my knowledge and understanding of RX and TX operations in the 800 and 900 MHz frequencies with a hand-held transceiver.  As I mentioned in my previous BLOGs, I’m really a believer in the Motorola transceivers for emergency preparations and social…

Alfonso Faustino: Thunder & Lightning in San Francisco

11-September-2017, at 2030 Hours PDT San Francisco seldom has extreme weather; and, while I understand that extreme weather in San Francisco is par for the course as normal weather for the rest of the world, from my perspective, thunder and lightning in San Francisco are still amazing and captivating events for me. While I was participating in…

Alfonso Faustino: DMR and Yaesu’s System Fusion and WiresX (K6ASF)

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: Reasons I use Commercial Hand-held Transceivers (Motorola XPR 7550e) versus Amateur Hand-held Transceivers (K6ASF)

Before I begin, I wanna thank HAM Operator, AKA: Boss, Tom (N6MVT), for introducing me to Motorola HAM operations: analog and DMR.  Thanks, Tom, N6MVT, for helping me program my Motorola and for introducing me to the wonderful world of CARLA.  Bottom Line Up Front: I use Motorola hand-held transceivers because I want the best in quality, durability, reliability,…