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  1. #1
    DMF
    Guest
    All,

    I recently moved into a new apartment and there is a
    cell antenna on the roof. The roof is accessible so I
    went up there and there are signs all over that tell phone
    techs to "take radiation precautions" or some such. The
    electrical transformer that drives the cell antenna is as
    big as a refrigerator, so they must be blasting out quite a
    bit of energy. So here's the question -- I'm only two floors
    down from the top of the building and the antennas is right
    at the corner of the building near my bedroom, should I
    be worried? Should I wear a tinfoil hat when I sleep?

    I'm not one of these environmental luddites who is afraid
    of a 0.2 W cell phone (non-ionizing) radiation output but
    my bedroom is only about 25ft from the cell antenna and
    I need more info to judge my risks. Is there a better, more
    technical newsgroup to post to?

    Regards,
    David





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  2. #2
    Bill Radio
    Guest

    Re: Radiation Question

    David,
    There is almost nothing to worry about. First, the warning signs are just
    there because the feds require it. They require it to keep kids away, it is
    possible to hurt yourself at a site, but not from living near it.
    Additionally, the signal is directed horizontally, like a spotlight pointed
    far off in the distance. Only a very weak signal is allowed to escape
    downward, it would only be wasted, and you know companies don't need to
    waste their most valuable asset, the signal.

    Finally, the average urban cell site radiates from 8 to 100 watts with most
    on the lower end. At that level, you have far more to fear from your
    1,000-watt microwave oven. The large electric transformer does not result
    from a need for so much of a large amount of transmit power, but also for a
    large amount of computer processing.


    Bill Radio
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    "DMF" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > All,
    >
    > I recently moved into a new apartment and there is a
    > cell antenna on the roof. The roof is accessible so I
    > went up there and there are signs all over that tell phone
    > techs to "take radiation precautions" or some such. The
    > electrical transformer that drives the cell antenna is as
    > big as a refrigerator, so they must be blasting out quite a
    > bit of energy. So here's the question -- I'm only two floors
    > down from the top of the building and the antennas is right
    > at the corner of the building near my bedroom, should I
    > be worried? Should I wear a tinfoil hat when I sleep?
    >
    > I'm not one of these environmental luddites who is afraid
    > of a 0.2 W cell phone (non-ionizing) radiation output but
    > my bedroom is only about 25ft from the cell antenna and
    > I need more info to judge my risks. Is there a better, more
    > technical newsgroup to post to?
    >
    > Regards,
    > David
    >
    >






  3. #3
    DMF
    Guest

    Re: Radiation Question

    Bill Radio wrote...
    > There is almost nothing to worry about. First, the warning signs
    > are just there because the feds require it. They require it to keep
    > kids away, it is possible to hurt yourself at a site, but not from
    > living near it. Additionally, the signal is directed horizontally, like
    > a spotlight pointed far off in the distance. Only a very weak signal
    > is allowed to escape downward, it would only be wasted, and you
    > know companies don't need to waste their most valuable asset, the
    > signal.
    >
    > Finally, the average urban cell site radiates from 8 to 100 watts with
    > most on the lower end. At that level, you have far more to fear from
    > your 1,000-watt microwave oven. The large electric transformer
    > does not result from a need for so much of a large amount of transmit
    > power, but also for a large amount of computer processing.


    This makes a lot of sense... thanks for your reply Bill.

    Regards,
    David





  4. #4

    Re: Radiation Question

    It's also helpful to know that there are federal rules regarding the
    maximum permitted exposure to RF from mobile phone facilities. Bottom
    line is just don't stand in front of any of the antenna panels and you
    will be fine.

    See
    http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineeri...56/oet56e4.pdf

    Under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the FCC has
    certain
    responsibilities to consider whether its actions will "significantly
    affect the quality of the
    human environment." Therefore, FCC approval and licensing of
    transmitters and facilities
    must be evaluated for significant impact on the environment. Human
    exposure to RF
    radiation emitted by FCC-regulated transmitters is one of several
    factors that must be
    considered in such environmental evaluations.
    Major RF transmitting facilities under the jurisdiction of the FCC,
    such as radio and
    television broadcast stations, satellite-earth stations, experimental
    radio stations and certain
    cellular, PCS and paging facilities are required to undergo routine
    evaluation for RF
    compliance whenever an application is submitted to the FCC for
    construction or modification
    of a transmitting facility or renewal of a license. Failure to comply
    with the FCC's RF
    exposure guidelines could lead to the preparation of a formal
    Environmental Assessment,
    possible Environmental Impact Statement and eventual rejection of an
    application. Technical
    16
    guidelines for evaluating compliance with the FCC RF safety
    requirements can be found in
    the FCC's OET Bulletin 65 (Reference 57).
    DMF wrote:
    > All,
    >
    > I recently moved into a new apartment and there is a
    > cell antenna on the roof. The roof is accessible so I
    > went up there and there are signs all over that tell phone
    > techs to "take radiation precautions" or some such. The
    > electrical transformer that drives the cell antenna is as
    > big as a refrigerator, so they must be blasting out quite a
    > bit of energy. So here's the question -- I'm only two floors
    > down from the top of the building and the antennas is right
    > at the corner of the building near my bedroom, should I
    > be worried? Should I wear a tinfoil hat when I sleep?
    >
    > I'm not one of these environmental luddites who is afraid
    > of a 0.2 W cell phone (non-ionizing) radiation output but
    > my bedroom is only about 25ft from the cell antenna and
    > I need more info to judge my risks. Is there a better, more
    > technical newsgroup to post to?
    >
    > Regards,
    > David





  5. #5

    Re: Radiation Question

    On Sun, 20 Aug 2006 19:54:36 -0700, "DMF" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >All,
    >
    >I recently moved into a new apartment and there is a
    >cell antenna on the roof. The roof is accessible so I
    >went up there and there are signs all over that tell phone
    >techs to "take radiation precautions" or some such. The
    >electrical transformer that drives the cell antenna is as
    >big as a refrigerator, so they must be blasting out quite a
    >bit of energy. So here's the question -- I'm only two floors
    >down from the top of the building and the antennas is right
    >at the corner of the building near my bedroom, should I
    >be worried? Should I wear a tinfoil hat when I sleep?
    >
    >I'm not one of these environmental luddites who is afraid
    >of a 0.2 W cell phone (non-ionizing) radiation output but
    >my bedroom is only about 25ft from the cell antenna and
    >I need more info to judge my risks. Is there a better, more
    >technical newsgroup to post to?
    >
    >Regards,
    >David
    >


    If I was in your place, I'd move as quickly as possible. That thing
    is slowly cooking your body like a microwave. You will likely get
    cancer in the next few years if you continue to live with that
    radiation, and even if you move, some damage has already been done,
    and will affect your health and life span. Until you move, I'd
    recommend getting some sheets of tin, covering all the walls, ceilings
    and floors in your apartment, and being sure this tin is well
    grounded. All tin sheets must form a tight electrical connection at
    the seams, which means soldering or welding. Moving sounds like a far
    better and cheaper solution. Be sure to place warning signs on the
    doors of all your neighbors, (except the ones you hate).

    By the way, that transformer might be running up your electric bill !





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