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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] OT but relevant
From: Charles Farr <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:45:16 -0800
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It would seem to me that strong EM signals, that might cause glitches in a pacemaker are a square law issue. Since most of us don't want our stations to emit RF into the shack environment, well-matched antenna system, shielding and grounding best practices pretty much eliminate RF in the shack. After all, we strive to get the RF to the antenna, right?

Chuck, W6AJW

On 02/25/2016 10:36 AM, John Bohnovic wrote:
I'm running a Medtronic unit and I don't even know it's there except for the little bump on my chest. I run 1.5 kw most mornings on 80 and 40 M CW. My Butternut HF-2V is about 75 feet from the shack. John/K4WJ

On 2/25/2016 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 time.
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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