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Ham Since 1976
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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 Lesley 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, QRT, 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, I had 'em all
I also collect CW keys
I am OP on HMS Belfast, most Monday's on PSK 31
My main interest now is PSK 31 mode mainly on 80M at around 9.00 pm most evenings. Also occasionally QRP CW around 40/20m
I am active Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon on 20m QRP during the day, and most evenings aroung 9.00pm on 40m PSK31 full power.
Would really like to hear from SWL's I use EQSL, HRDlog, Bureau. All printed cards will be acknowledged.
Also now re-kindling my interest in QRP CW, and brushing up the speed.
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, Kenwood, Icom IC-7100, various QRP 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 10
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 QRZ.com
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, 72 years old and very active.
I also like classical music, and I share a hobby with my wife, Lesley-we keep marine fish
European Phase Shift Keying Club EPC # 11119
DMC # 3065
070 club # 1159
I am a member of LEFARS-Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur radio Society, RNARS (associate member)
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
FISTS CW club
EHam.net G4GQL for full antenna article
EQSL and HRDlog for QSL correspondence