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: Aviation Transceiver: Yaesu FTA-450L

7-Sept-2017, 2217 Hours PDT When I travel, land, sea, and air, I carry either one, two, or three of these transceivers: Motorola CP200: Maritime Operations Yaesu FTA-450L: Air Operations Motorola XPR 7550e: Land Operations (though, I did program some UHF maritime and UHF aviations channels in this transceiver, as well — I like to have…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola CP 200: VHF: Maritime Frequencies (K6ASF)

I only use four VHF frequencies — the rest of my HAM operational activities are on the UHF frequency band. So, what are the four VHF frequencies I use? MAR-09: Internship SAR MAR-13: Bridge Port-Bridge MAR-14: Bay Traffic MAR-16: DISTRESS (United States Coast Guard) As a PADI SCUBA diver, I am in the ocean about…

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,…