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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] OT but relevant
From: "Roger (K8RI) on TT" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:45:08 -0500
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It all depends. I have a defib with a pacemaker back-up. The only restriction was no cell phones in my shirt pocket.
I can arc weld and run the legal limit on any band.
It's been so long that I've forgotten who made it and I don't know where my wife stashed the papers. Most, but not all, of these devices are pretty much RFI proof. I researched the web and found the best claimed RFI proof by I believe it was the Cleveland center (Institute - Clinic). At any rate that was what they use here and max power on HF plus several hundred watts on 50, 144, and 50W on 440 (Legal limit in this part of Michigan) have never bothered it.

They gave me a tutorial on welding which basically said, do not run the cables in front of my chest, but run them up each side. The programming is done via 900 MHz digital I do have a monitor at home that does a diagnostic twice a year and would call home were there an event.

I had a stroke, then 3 years later a heart attack and in 3 more another stroke before "they" discovered the problem was my heart (A-fib) after prolonged elevated heart rate. All came with no advanced warning. So no more climbing, or flying airplanes. Had any of them happened while flying or climbing, I would have been SOL.

73 es good luck.

Roger (K8RI)

On 2/25/2016 Thursday 12:01 PM, Kathy Bookmiller via TowerTalk wrote:
Sorry about this but it may affect many of us eventually.
Yesterday I went for a stress test and got some bad results. I have a left 
bundle block and they want to me to have a pacemaker implanted ASAP.
Obviously this is distressful as I've been in excellent health for my 68 years 
and now this:(
One of my first thoughts was are pacemakers prone to RFI? I asked the surgeon 
about this and he said he'd never heard of this before in his practice.
I'm wondering if any of the readers here have had any experience with 
pacemakers/RFI issues? I know over the years I've seen references to it in an 
offhand way but didn't pay much attention as it didn't apply to myself at the 
My beam is only 20-25' directly above me, as can be seen on my qrz page.
Any thoughts/experiences?
Kathy W2NK

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