Beacon of hope

These last few days have been surreal. I don’t feel like a man with a time bomb in my head. I’m still weak, tired and find concentration difficult (the ability to get some decent sleep would help) but every day seems to bring an improvement in many functions. I’m even typing more accurately than I’ve done in a long time. I suppose it’s possible this brain tumour was having an effect on things before I even became aware of it.

I’m far from feeling up to spending a lot of time on the hobby (or anything else in particular) but my mind still needs things to occupy it and my links and contacts with the ham radio community help lift my spirit. As I’m not using my magnetic loop antenna I thought I would connect up the 30m QRSS beacon I built last autumn. So my callsign will be going out over the airwaves as a sign that I’m down but not out and not giving in to the doctors’ pessimistic predictions.

I’d appreciate reception reports direct to my email (julian . g4ilo at gmail . com). At the moment I can’t make head nor tail of grabbers. Nor can I figure out how to change my entry on the Knights QRSS Clipboard. A long way still to go, then, but at least progress for the moment is in the right direction.

73 and thanks for all the messages of support. They really were appreciated during this awful week. If you are interested, you can follow my progress with treatment in One Foot in the Grave.

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Beacon of hope”

  • Stephen Slater G0PQB:

    Thinking of you and Olga old chap. Thoughts and prayers are with you but carry on making me smile with your comments. Best wishes Steve G0PQB- Chairman of Edgware & District Radio Society G3ASR in North London.

  • Tom Kb3hg:

    Thinking of you and your wife Olga going through all this. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just hope that you regular sleep pattern returns. Take Care and 73,

    Tom Kb3hg

  • Joe VK6AAO:


    It cannot cripple love.
    It cannot shatter hope.
    It cannot corrode faith.
    It cannot remove peace.
    It cannot destroy confidence.
    It cannot kill friendship.
    It cannot shut out memories.
    It cannot silence courage.
    It cannot invade the soul.
    It cannot reduce eternal life.
    It cannot quench the Spirit.
    It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
    Our greatest enemy is not the disease, but despair.
    Keep trusting God’s love so your spirit will
    Remain strong.
    Carol Larsen
    (Carol is a cancer patient in Australia. Used with permission.)

    You still remain in my thoughts and prayers

    Rev Joseph Ford VK6AAO also a cancer sufferer

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