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: 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: RX & TX:Aviation & Maritime Frequencies

LEGEND: For the sake of discussion for this BLOG, the word, transceiver, means hand-held transceiver. 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…

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,…

Alfonso Faustino: Baofeng GT3TP (K6ASF)

(UPDATE: 31-May-2016, @ 2330 Hours PDT: On a simplex frequency, my acting classmate, Matthew, call-sign: Crazy Canook, used my girlfriend’s Baofeng GT3TP hand-held transceiver, and he spoke to me from Linden Street in Oakland, California, while I was at Eagle’s Nest — that’s over 9 miles away on a simplex frequency — no repeaters at…

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: “Why so many transceivers?” (K6ASF)

I once asked Wayne (K6WSA), “Why would you have 10 transceivers?”  I could not comprehend, at the time, the reason that so many HAM operators have more than two transceivers.  Now, the reason for two is usually because a HAM operator would have one handheld and one base station. As it turns out, most HAM…