North Carolina to California

I said it once, and I will say it again, “Getting my HAM license has been one of the best goals I achieved.” Is the HAM community perfect? Nope. In my time, as a HAM operator, I estimate I ran into four jerks out of the voluminous amount of HAM operators with whom I made…

Alfonso Faustino: Ashtron VS-50m Power Supply

Within the past two weeks, I purchased several items: GMRS repeater, HAM repeater, Motorola XPR 5550 (VHF), and Motorola XPR 5550e (UHF). All these items use 13.8 volt power source; and, I use all these items as a home-base units or as mobile units out in the field. Using them for my mobile excursions isn’t…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola M1225 50-watt GMRS Portable/Home-base Repeater

24-January-2021, I purchased two portable/home-base repeaters: GMRS and HAM UHF R-1. Both repeaters are 50 watts, and I am anxiously waiting for their arrival. I purchased each of these repeaters from two separate vendors. Once I take possession and custody of the two repeaters, I will update this BLOG. I have a GMRS license; and,…

Alfonso Faustino: Royal Motors: Sergey Chulikanov

For Christmas 2020, my mum decided she wanted to buy a new family vehicle to add to the paddock — really, it was a new vehicle for my sister; my mum don’t drive anymore; my sister is the real driver in the family; and, I enjoy being a passenger in the back seat playing with…

Alfonso Faustino: Recall London Breed “Mayor” of San Francisco

15-April-2021: I’ve noticed positive changes that London Breed has done since I signed this petition. If you noticed significant positive changes from your point of view, consider that before signing this petition. Some of the positive changes I noticed is clearing up some of the streets of the bums that created so much nuisance. I…

Alfonso Faustino: TGIF Spot: Dual Band: 3.5-inch Nextion (Touch-screen) Hot-spot

If you’re looking for a digital-mode hot-spot (e.g., P25, DMR, Fusion, D-STAR, and NXDN), check out Robert Bretzman’s (K4WZV) TGIF Spot. What do I like about Robert Bretzman’s TGIF Spot? 3.5-inch Nextion Color Touch-screen, FPP: Front Panel Programming, Wi-Fi Scan, Adjustable BER Settings, Looks cool via the C4 Labs Clear Casing, Pre-programmed and ready to…

Alfonso Faustino: Gerry Filby (W6WNG): AllStar ClearNode

UPDATE: 5-January-2021, at 1453: Gerry Filby made a major software update: DMR functions. Yes — ClearNode can access DMR and talk-groups associated to Brandmeister and TGIF. I am hoping Gerry Filby will give an update for P25 functions. Now, I can finally use my Motorola XTS 5000R to access DMR talk-groups…and, I can finally use…

Alfonso Faustino: HAM Nets: Digital & Analog

I received emails from some new HAM operators regarding nets that I attend. By way of background, I’m am a member of two different two-way radio (transceiver) clubs: PAPA System Cathay Radio Club PAPA System is a full service one-stop radio club. Members can RX and TX on DMR, DSTAR, P25, and analog repeaters. Analog…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XTS 5000 Programming Cable: Mark V. Dunkle

I’m a big fan of the Motorola XTS 5000 series. Although discontinued by Motorola in December 2019, the Motorola XTS 5000 is still relevant and in use by many first responder agencies and government agencies. For HAM operators, the Motorola XTS 5000 is an excellent choice for HAM operators wanting to get into P25 Phase…