My father recently had a pacemaker implanted in his chest and he is upset
that he may have to give up his beloved hobby. I know it probably depends on
the model of pacemaker he has and also the type of transmitter he uses- but
if someone could give me some general info or tell me what specefic info you
need to know I would be ever so grateful. Does anyone have members of their
club that uses a pacemaker?
| My father recently had a pacemaker implanted in his chest and he is upset
| that he may have to give up his beloved hobby. I know it probably depends on
| the model of pacemaker he has and also the type of transmitter he uses- but
| if someone could give me some general info or tell me what specefic info you
| need to know I would be ever so grateful.
Are microwave ovens still a concern for pacemaker users?
Microwaves work at about 2400 mHz. Our transmitters transmit at 72
mHz. So the frequencies are totally different, but the emitted power
is probably similar -- our transmitters transmit at about 0.5 watts,
and a microwave probably leaks around 5 watts of power (that's just a
guess about the microwave, however.)
I'd tell him to ask his doctor. Have him tell the doctor that his
trasmitter transmits at 72 mHz at 1/2 watt (unless he uses the ham
bands or is in another country, in which case the frequency will be
different), and the doctor can look up in the pacemaker specifications
if that's a danger, maybe call up the manufacturer.
I doubt there's a problem, but I'd strongly suggest checking it with
the doctor. Who probably doesn't know, but would know who to ask or
where to look.
The type of transmitter he uses won't be an issue -- they all pretty
much transmit the same.
| Does anyone have members of their club that uses a pacemaker?
I apologise for bad taste, but I have this mental picture of an
elderly gentleman, arms outstretched, zooming round the sky like an
Regards - (and once again, no offence intended - just my warped sense
Check first with his Doctor, and then with the Pacemaker manufacturer. Don't
rely on heresy.
Cheers -- \_________Lyman Slack________/
\_______Flying Gators R/C___/
\_____AMA 6430 LM____ /
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This is indeed a concern. As mentioned here, check with your doctor
and the pacemaker manufacturer. Holding the transmitter close to
your chest as we do when flying might not be to good. The frequency
of the transmitter is of little concern but the power of the
transmitter is. As transmitted energy decays according to the square
law of physics, That is, if you double the distance from the
transmitter, the energy is one forth. If the pacemaker is susceptable
to RF energy in close proximity to it, possibly your Dad could rig up
a 'buddy' box arrangement and be at least ten feet from the
What a nice daughter you are to try and find out about this for your
What the others said about checking with the doctor.
And keep in mind, the potential hazard isn't just from your fathers
transmitter, though that is the greatest potential. But also from every
transmitter you'll find at the flying field and in the hobby shops he
frequents. So you're looking at basically the 72-75 MHz band (he may
someday want a car or boat) with modulation schemes of AM, FM, PCM and PPM.
And you may want to error to the high side and say max power out of 1 or
even 1.5 Watt just to be safe.
Thank you all for your replys. My computer crashed and just got it up and
running today- My Dad did inquire of the manfacturer of the pacemaker, it is
indeed shielded, and interference from the transmitter and such is
infintesimal. And KGB, your reply was FUNNY, I showed it to my father and he
was cracking up, good to see him laugh again, so thank you.