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…

Alfonso Faustino: Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

The following BLOG was written some time last year, ~September 2016, from another BLOG site.  The BLOG still is applicable to the current Apple iPhone Upgrade Program with their current products: iPhone X and iPhone 8. Check 6! /s/ Alfonso Faustino Apple iPhone 7 Plus encased in the Tech 21 Evo Mesh (3 meter (9.9…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola XPR 7550 VHF Transceiver (K6ASF)

My collection of Motorola hand-held transceivers is complete with the Motorola  XPR 7550 VHF hand-held transceiver, shown below. The Motorola XPR 7550 VHF transceiver will take the place of my Motorola Radius CP200, as shown in the picture, below.  I will either sell or use it as a back-up for VHF communications. Since I already…

Alfonso Faustino: My code-plug of repeaters (K6ASF)

Since I transitioned to using Motorola transceivers, XPR 7550e (UHF), CP200 (VHF), and XPR 7580 (33-Centimeter), I have to do my best to ensure that each of these transceivers can provide me with the necessary coverage I need in the event of a catastrophe that knocks out the mobile phone services. By far, my XPR…

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: 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

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 more than enough RF communications features an amateur HAM operator could ever want and…