Alfonso Faustino: BridgeCom’s AnyTone D868UV and D878UV Plus: Pass!

Recently, I received many emails about AnyTone transceivers — these new HAM operators and existing HAM operators are in the market for a new transceiver, asked me, “what about AnyTone [transceivers]?” Normally, I don’t talk about AnyTone transceivers; because, I have nothing good to say about AnyTone; however, since AnyTone advertises their transceivers for LEOs, fire-fighters, first-responders, and…

Alfonso Faustino: Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack

I’m a bag-freak. I have many bags in my storage area; and, they are all in excellent condition, regardless of age and deployment activities. At this point in time, my most used back-pack is my Maxpedition Falcon III Wolf Gray Back-pack. Don’t get me wrong, my deployment activities ain’t like the US Navy SEALs; but,…

Alfonso Faustino: For me, it’s all about the RX and TX

HAM operators were talking about the stuff they looked for in a transceiver…many operators were talking about features like color-display, caller-ID, water-resistant, DMR, System Fusion, D-STAR, VFO, and so on. When it came to me, I mentioned only two things: RX and TX. Really, in all honesty, I couldn’t care less about caller-ID, color-display, and…

Alfonso Faustino: Motorola APX 8000HXE

My goal, ever since I moved from amateur transceivers to Motorola, was to get a brand new APX 8000; and, on May 2020, I made the purchase. Hold on…I ended up NOT getting the Motorola APX 8000 after all…instead, I ended up getting two models up above the Motorola APX 8000; I ended up getting…

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,…