Out of it

This afternoon I ventured on the air for the first time in several weeks. Indeed it  is the first time I’ve felt like switching on the radio since my brain tumour removal operation. It was not entirely a good experience.

I thought I’d try digimodes since I would only need to click a few buttons to complete a QSO. But I found the whole experience a bit bewildering. I made two contacts on 20m thinking I was on 10m! And a couple of times I left the other guy waiting for me to send something.

About the only way I can describe how I felt is “out of it” – the phrase sometimes used to describe a person who is so drunk that they don’t know what they are doing. Only unfortunately in this case the demon drink was not to blame.

Somehow I think it is going to take some time for things to get back to normal.

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

7 Responses to “Out of it”

  • ww6l:

    been waiting to hear from you! so glad your back! keep going!

  • Bill K7BRR:

    I have missed you Julian. I am a lurker and your articles are very entertaining and educational.
    Welcome back, I am looking forward to your articles.


  • Richard KWØU:

    Good luck, Julian. You’re not giving up and that’s the important thing. QSOs should get easier as you get back into them. And thanks for sharing your experience, it’s a good example of determination for all of us.

  • Tom Kb3hg:

    Do what you can, You didn’t mention the frustration level, It will take time, we all want instant relief but it does not happen that way, for you I wish it did. Be thankful for the support you get from your better half it is just as rough for her as it is for you.
    I say these things because I have walked the mile you are walking. God Bless
    and take care.

  • Paul, kc2nyu:

    Juilian- we are all glad to hear about your progress and glad to see you starting to be active again in your favorite hobby. Small steps become big steps- take it slow and PERSEVERE.

    73 Paul

  • Andy KD4UKW:

    Best wishes on your continued recovery!! One step at a time.

  • Joe WS4R:

    Julian so good to see you back. The brain is a wonderous machine it will fix itself and make new pathways, My prayers and thoughts are with you. You are an insperation.



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