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…

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,…

Alfonso Faustino: Baofeng GT3TP (K6ASF)

(UPDATE: 31-May-2016, @ 2330 Hours PDT: On a simplex frequency, my acting classmate, Matthew, call-sign: Crazy Canook, used my girlfriend’s Baofeng GT3TP hand-held transceiver, and he spoke to me from Linden Street in Oakland, California, while I was at Eagle’s Nest — that’s over 9 miles away on a simplex frequency — no repeaters at…