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Alan Schiffman
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G4GQL Ham Since 1976
United Kingdom

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Other Callsigns
I was first A2672 in 1964 when I first joined the RSGB as a young associate.

Then BRS 37593 (SWL)before I was licenced as a Ham

My first call sign was G8NNI

Then passed the CW and now I am G4GQL

My Ham Radio Interests
My name is Alan Schiffman and I am a Semi-Retired Podiatrist

I am married to my late wife Lesley for over 50 years and have two grown up daughters, Ruth and Stacey, and four grandchildren.

I have been interested in communication and radio since I was 10 years old, having cut my teeth in the 50/60's with Ex WD equipment bought from Tottenham Court Road, London and other emporiums.

I have constructed many projects, receivers, transmitters, QRP transceivers, tape recorders, PSU, antennas and so on

I also enjoy Reading Practical Wireless, QST, Radcom, Historical technical magazines and books, local history-and meccano !!! we never grow up us geezers!

WW2 communication equipment: 19 sets, 18 sets, 38 sets, R109, HRO, 1155, I had 'em all

I also collect CW keys

I am OP on HMS Belfast, most Monday's on PSK 31/FT8
Also op for RAOTA Mon/Tue at 19.00 to 21.00hrs HF FT8/4

My main interest now is PSK 31/FT8 modes mainly on 80M at around 9.00 pm most evenings. Also occasionally QRP CW around 40/20m

I am active on 20m digital modes and during the day, and most evenings aroung 9.00pm on 40m PSK31/FT8 full power.

Would really like to hear from SWL's I use EQSL, I also frequent the other bands , Pse QSL via Bureau. All printed cards will be acknowledged.
Also now re-kindling my interest in QRP CW, and brushing up the speed, also meteor trails on VHF

I enjoy getting kids to use morse code on HMS Belfast. They send their name in CW and I then give them a certificate

My Equipment is:

Yaesu FT-991, FT-450, Icom IC-7100, WOUXUN KG-UV950P, various QRP CW TX/RX, pixie, 49er, QRPlabs CW tx/rx

ATU: MFJ-993B autotuner

INTERFACES: Signalink by Tigertronics, Isoterm Multicon by G3LIV,

ANTENNAS: HB vetical 17 feet radiator, 9:1 UNUN

PC: Toshiba Satellite

SOFTWARE USED: HRD+DM780 for PSK31, Windows 7
WSJT-x for FT8

Also running SSTV

Latest development is a helical antenna, again seems excellent and very quiet


3 inch diameter grey tube wound with 106 feet of wire, self spaced and using a 9:1 unun

Have since modified original antennas, see

Other Interests
I am interested in writing articles for magazines, ie. Radio Bygones, a 15 part article on printing for the Small Printer magazine-my previous occupation was in print for 30 years, and nostalgic articles-the good ol' days-for local community magazines.

Radio and electronic construction, antenna construction, reading rig reviews

I am now working part time, 73 years old and very active.

I also like classical music, and I share a hobby with my late wife, Lesley-we keep tropical fish

I also print mugs as a hobby for radio clubs, events, rallies etc.

European Phase Shift Keying Club EPC # 11119
DMC # 3065
070 club # 1159, RAOTA #2827

I am a member of LEFARS-Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur radio Society, RNARS (associate member)
Member and digimode op: RAOTA, G2OT, FT8

I am also a member of RNARS-Royal Navy Amateur Radio Society, London Branch and I am active on board HMS Belfast call GB2RN or when reguired other special callsigns from HMS Belfast

Also a former member of the Ilford Branch RSGB from 1964
Unfortunately it no longer is in existence.

Also past member of Barking RSGB Radio Club


EHam forums G4GQL for full antenna article

EQSL and HRDlog for QSL correspondence


Vertical HB antenna

From G4GQL

10/10/2016 12:07:40 PM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

It has now been over 6 years that I have been using the home brew vertical with the 9:1 unun

Certainly works FB with the PSK 31

Main interest in Amateur Radio is now digital modes, using HRD

Also use Mixw, FLdigi, WSPR, JT65, and many more digital softwqre

New rigs: Icom IC-7100 and Yaesu FT-991 both FB

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