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, like Anytone and Ailunce HD1 or cheap oriental transceivers, you will experience desensitizing in…

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: Yaesu VX-6R

My Yaesu Submersible VX-6R was my very first amateur HAM transceiver; and, it has been one of the best purchases I ever made with respect to Yaesu products. For a HAM operator, this tri-band transceiver is reliable, durable, affordable, and has more than enough RF communications features an amateur HAM operator could ever want and…

Alfonso Faustino: Bugging out to Los Angeles (K6ASF)

I have to hit Los Angeles for a production meeting; so, I have my Maxpedtion Mongo Versipack all packed and ready to go for my short hop to Los Angeles. I’m bringing my PCC to set up at the studio to see if I can make some contact with the Los Angeles HAM folks. Normally, I…

Alfonso Faustino: CARLA Repeater Network — a must! (K6ASF)

I strongly believe, as an emergency-trained personnel using the HAM transceivers as one of my many tools, it is important to be part of a working, functional, reliable communications network; hence, CARLA System is my go-to primary repeater network. Why? Because, the CARLA network consists of hundreds of repeaters, countless volunteer personnel, all working 24/7…

Alfonso Faustino: Bioenno Power (K6ASF)

If you’re interested in running a portable field HAM comm case or pack, contact Kevin at Bioenno Power: 1-888-336-7864: Sale at BioennoPower dot com.  Just tell Kevin you portable power needs, your gear, and he will provide you with the best set-up based on your gear and power needs. When I’m at home, I use…

Alfonso Faustino: Programming Transceivers (K6ASF)

Well, today, Thursday, 6-April-2017, @ 1150 Hours PDT, is gloomy and wet; so, my Diamond X-50 antenna coax is all coiled up and inactive until the rain passes. A rain storm is expected to hit San Francisco this evening, which means I will be doing my HAM operations indoors rather than being outside of my…

Alfonso Faustino: Pelican 1520: Portable Communications Case (KM6JLI) (K6ASF)

I’m a huge fan of Pelican cases — excellent product supported by 5-star customer support.  I informed Pelican they mis-typed my name-tag.  The next day, my new corrected name-tag was shipped to me, over-night, via UPS; and, Pelican gave me a key-chain flash-light for the inconvenience — excellent product and 5-star customer service — thanks,…