Welcome to the website of barrie kissack about me

my history

 I   started work as an apprentice electrician in a lancashire cotton near Manchester. my mentor at the time had an interest in radio and electronics and as a result I decided to go back to full time college and take the radio officer training course known as the postmaster general certificate. prior to completion 

I met Dorothy who later became my wife. So rather than go to sea as a radio Officer i went into the royal Air force and later became a corporal junior Technician. after training at RAF yatesbury.during which I gained my ham licience

In 1961 After 4 years in the Raf | became a technician at raf fylingdsles working for a british company. the computer training  available was probably at that time the best available in the uk.when the company gaied a contract to maintain the lights and telephones on the m6 I was appointed as manager. in the following years I managed contracts in the uk and overseas before moving into training and running my own computer company.

During that time I gained:

BA(hons )  in professional training and development at leeds metro univ.

BA(hons) in ict and voluntary studies at derby univ

Bsc open at the open university.



On 11th January 2013, whilst at home my right arm became limp. I called the out of hours surgery and I was told to go to North Devon District Hospital to be investigated.

I attended the Hospital who investigated whether I had suffered a tia

By the time I arrived at the hospital my symptoms had improved significantly and the doctors decided that it was not a tia   but gave me aspirin and discharged me home.

Two days later13/01/2013 I again experienced a limpness in my right arm and also pins and needles.

I returned to the hospital although by the time I arrived the symptoms had improved although they were still present when was examined.

The doctor decided to keep me in overnight to investigate further By carrying out a Doppler scan. Unfortunately the scanner was not available until Friday 18th.

On Friday the 18th and as a result of the scan, on 22nd January I was seen by Dr.. Dent who referred me to the vascular surgeon Mr, John Taylor.

Mr. Taylor told me that my carotid artery was 60% blocked and would need an operation known as an Endarterectomy to remove plaque. He stated that was a simple operation under a local anaesthetic and would take 20 minutes.

He further stated that if this operation was not carried out within 7 dates of a tia it was likely that I would suffer major stroke.

When asked if they were alternative treatments such as medication or stenting he stated that medication would not be affective and he ccould not carry out a stent as he was not qualified to do so and referral or second opinion was not possible.

When asked how successful this operation was Mr Taylor stated that he had a 100% success rate he stated he had never lost a patient or caused a stroke. He never offered any evidence to corroborate this statement or told me where it could be found.

It is now over 2 years later I no longer have any use in my right arm from which i unlikely to recovery and have to be aware that my right side is weak.



  • Amateur radio
  • sdr software defind radio
  • Getting out and about in North Devon
  • walking our dog a griffon bruxellois
  • genealogy