|K1ESE||2023-09-23||20m||CW||FN44pe||United States||JOHN C HUFFMAN|
|KA0PQW||2023-09-23||20m||CW||EN33iu||United States||Matthew D Arthur|
|W1KX||2023-09-23||20m||CW||FN44xf||United States||WILLIAM C MANN|
|NA9M||2023-09-23||20m||CW||EN53hd||United States||Paul D Kinas|
|AF4OD||2023-09-23||20m||CW||EM72gn||United States||William B Capps|
|K5KV||2023-09-22||20m||CW||EM01tm||United States||BENSON J OWENS|
It's been so long that I need to read my instruction manual again and check all my wring. It's important to get everything grounded. Many years ago, a lightening bolt struck my neighbors home and destroyed about 100 ceramic roof tiles and it melted all the wring in the house and destroyed the transmit portion of my Icom 703.
I've missed using Morse code the last 4 years with my iambic paddle. I know my speed has diminished greatly but it like riding a bicycle...you really never forget.
Since my last posting, I've had Titanium spacers placed in the lower left side of my back. The surgery was a simple with a quick recovery time, and it relieved my intense agonizing pain. I had scheduled another surgery on my lower right side, which would have placed a small slender cadaver bone in my right hip but there were other problems which I was unaware of at that time.
Our home in Charleston has a small yard which I have always cut with a "push mower" and cutting the grass has always made me feel great, although I was always dripping wet with sweat and very tired afterwards. Alarmingly, I developed a pain down my left arm one hot summer day. I knew what that meant....
I had triple by-pass open heart surgery soon afterwards with a hospital stay of 13 days and an extra 10 days in a rehab unit. I don't remember very much of the hospital other than several PTSD attacks. Apparently, that's not unusual considering the trauma of open heart surgery but I had not anticipated this in my wildest dreams. Needless to say, I should never have visited Vietnam recently because I saw little difference in the South Vietnam of 1968 and 2022. It was depressing to me.
I had a bout with Covid a few weeks ago but thankfully, it was a mild case.
I have a pacemaker scheduled to be installed on March 22 now. Hopefully, I should feel more normal afterwards.