Alfonso Faustino: 2017 San Francisco Fleet Week: Blue Angels: My Crib!

I am pro-military — especially, pro US Navy — my father served 25 years of his life contributing to making America Great.  The US Military, especially, the US Navy, can do NO wrong in my eyes.  I always vote for increasing the military budget; and, I always vote against cutting back our military spending. Anyway,…

Alfonso Faustino: Eagle’s Nest: Top Of Nob Hill (K6ASF)

Day or night, I go up to the penthouse, and I look to the East and take in the beautiful view of San Francisco’s skyline. This is my favorite landmark in the entire city. You can have the Golden Gate Bridge and the sun setting at Ocean Beach — those are nice views; but, this…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 7580 Transceiver: 806-941 MHz (K6ASF)

An acquaintance gave me a Motorola XPR 7580, and his gift forced me to expand my knowledge and understanding of RX and TX operations in the 800 and 900 MHz frequencies with a hand-held transceiver.  As I mentioned in my previous BLOGs, I’m really a believer in the Motorola transceivers for emergency preparations and social…

Alfonso Faustino: Head-shot Photographer: Zanfer Ali

I always like giving new businesses a try.  Starting a new business is always difficult; so, when a new business comes my way, introducing its services to me, I will evaluate it; and, if it falls into the stuff I need to get done, and it provides good quality and customer support, why not? I’m…

Alfonso Faustino: Credit Score: Get it up and keep it up!

My parents engaged my sister in business, specifically, real estate, since we were about eight years old.  I remember sitting in real estate meetings with my parents, real estate brokers, mortgage brokers, and bankers each time they purchased a house. At that age, of course, I didn’t know all the stuff my parents and the…

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: 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: 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…