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:…

Alfonso Faustino: NERT & San Francisco Fire Department (K6ASF)

After six weeks of studying and training, it was really nice to have graduated to being a NERT — not a Nerd — a NERT.  NERT stands for Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, which is an auxiliary of the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD). As mentioned in my previous BLOGs, I completed an 18-month combat, tactical,…