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: 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: 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: 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,…