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…

Alfonso Faustino: Audition Coach: Dana Salah

Since November 2018, my agent and manager have been frequently sending me out to auditions for film and television in Los Angeles. In order for me to prepare for my auditions, I hired Dana Salah of SidesandLines.com, as my audition coach.  She is awesome. I decided to work with Dana for the following reasons: –…

Alfonso Faustino: Ailunce HD1 GPS: An Excellent HAM-only Transceiver

If you’re looking for a HAM hand-held transceiver (HT) for social and personal emergency comms, the Ailunce HD1 GPS is the way to go.  This is one of the first transceivers that involved actual HAM operators in their development and design.  The people at Ailunce, Yolonda Guo, Vivian Vu, and Cherry Xiao reached out to…

Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF): Maxpedition Falcon III

I dig bags — I have so many of them — yeah, it’s a fetish of mine, and I’ve put them all to the test — from EDC to bug-out survival bags, I’ve deployed them on land, sea, and air excursions. Based upon my experiences thus far, I must say, unequivocally, the Maxpedition Falcon III…

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, like Anytone and Ailunce HD1 or cheap oriental transceivers, you will experience desensitizing in…

Alfonso Faustino: Shark RF openSPOT (K6ASF)

Yesterday, 8-December-2017, at 1430 Hours PST, I was on DMR Talk Group 3100 chatting it up with Ben (KC2RXV) in Tel Aviv: Israel. Ben was telling me about his satisfaction with the Shark RF openSPOT; hence, I became interested in it; because, I wanted a device that would give me strong signal strength inside my…

Alfonso Faustino: CARLA: Antenna Replacement Project (K6ASF)

Boss, N6MVT, invited me to go with him to one of the CARLA sites to replace an antenna on one of CARLA’s towers. I always enjoy helping Boss at his CARLA’s sites; because, I get to see all the technology that makes CARLA so great. In addition to CARLA’s technology, CARLA resides in some of…

Alfonso Faustino: Apple iPhone X

Several years ago, an Apple representative from their Cupertino California HQ called me on my iPhone.  They told me about their new Apple iPhone Upgrade Program, and based upon my standing of always buying a brand new iPhone and my excellent credit scores, they invited me to participate in this new pilot program along with…