Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE

Before I start this BLOG, I wanna mention some thank-yous during my Motorola journey for the past four years: Tom Nasso (N6MVT): AKA: Boss: Founder & Owner of the CARLA System: CARLARadio.net. When I got my HAM License, Boss took me under his wing and taught me about repeaters, simplex, antennas, and transceivers. He started…

Alfonso Faustino: Flex Tax and Consulting Group

My father told me, “son, when you start accumulating your wealth, you need four types of resources in your life: – doctor, – lawyer, – CPA, and an – automobile technician.” I have all four of these resources; and, in this review, I want to write about CPA firm that my family and I use: Flex…

Alfonso Faustino: What is HAM?

What is HAM? HAM is a global communications network using radio frequencies (RF) to send and receive voice and digital communications over the airwaves.  HAM is similar to your AM/FM radio except your AM/FM radio is one-way communications. In an emergency situation, HAM is a global communications network that assists society in a catastrophe (man-made (e.g.,…

Alfonso Faustino: SharkRF openSpot2: Dream Come True! (K6ASF)

Three major digital HAM networks exist: DMR, System Fusion, and D-STAR. Other digital networks exists, such as, but not limited to P25, but they are not as popular-used as the three aforementioned digital networks, supra. I prefer hand-held transceivers; hence, I will be restricting the scope of the BLOG to my preferred hand-held transceivers. When…

Alfonso Faustino: Kenwood TH-D74A — Awesome! (K6ASF)

BLUF: The Kenwood TH-D74A is a D-STAR-based super heterodyne tri-band transceiver that has an effective front-end filter to eliminate desensitization and cross-modulation from other frequencies when in close proximity of other HAM operators.  It is a functional transceiver for social HAM operations as well as mission-critical ICS-based emergency communications (comms).  It is durable and reliable,…

Alfonso Faustino: INRICO T320: Mobile Phone AND Network Radio

My good friend and fellow HAM Operator, Ben, call-sign, KC2RXV, gave me a gift — the INRICO T320 Network Radio integrated with a mobile phone.  I absolutely dig this transceiver/phone. In summary, this is a network walk-talkie that can be used for all types of purposes: family and friends communications, mission-critical ICS-based communications, law enforcement,…

Alfonso Faustino: DMR & Yaesu System Fusion

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: G1098 (NATO) Watch Straps

G1098 (hereinafter, NATO) straps have been around for a long time.  You can search the NATO strap history on the internet and learn about them.  I recently found out about these cool, fun, sporty, tactical, and sophisticated watch straps several weeks ago. One night, while being up late due to a bout of insomnia, I…