[AMRadio] Why KD5CPL hasn't been on the air for six months.

John Dilks K2TQN oldradio at worldnet.att.net
Wed Jan 28 17:34:52 EST 2009

Hi Gary,

Hang in there.  I have a friend who is a Pacemaker doctor and has 
written an article for QST about the problem with ham radios.  But I 
caution that you should listen to your own doctor.

Check the back issues at  www.arrl.org/   if you can.

Jul 1994 QST  page 34 by Weber, Fred, AA2KI

Pacemakers, Interference and Amateur Radio
[PDF: 1,118,434 bytes]

We're all pulling for you.

73, John Dilks, K2TQN

At 01:49 PM 1/28/2009, you wrote:
>My name is Gary Carson.  I am a frequent reader of this 
>reflector.  I participate in 75/80 meter operation several times a 
>month from Oklahoma City (or at least I did).
>I have contracted a rare disease known as Transverse Myelitis.  At 
>the present time I have no use of my legs or hands, and very limited 
>use of my arms.  I've also been in the hospital this entire 
>time.  There are several of you that I am used to talking to on a 
>frequent basis and would just like to say hi and I hope that I am 
>able to get back on one of these days.  I hope I don't end up 
>selling my boat anchors over this.  During the initial assessment of 
>the problems I was fitted with an internal pacemaker.  They are not 
>usually compatible with ham radio.  I also have bought in the last 
>few months a transmitter that will be physically too big for me to 
>work on unless I get much better.  I can't make myself sell it 
>yet.  It is capable of being remotely operated, just that I'm not.
>I just wanted to let my friends know why I've not been heard 
>from.  I called Jim W5JO yesterday and let him know.  But since my 
>daughter is sitting here taking this as dictation I thought I'd try 
>to go ahead and send something out myself, also.  I hope to get back 
>on the air.  Please feel free to post this on the AMFone if somebody 
>wants to, although I don't know as many of that group as I do this 
>one, or any other AM related site.  I hope this is not the end of my 
>ham career.  It is out of my hands at the present time.
>Gary Carson KD5CPL

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