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G8MNY  > TECH     10.07.18 10:03l 110 Lines 4818 Bytes #999 (0) @ WW
BID : 28451_GB7CIP
Subj: Mobile Mast Madness
Sent: 180710/0839Z @:GB7CIP.#32.GBR.EURO #:28451 [Caterham Surrey GBR]

By G8MNY                                 (Updated Aug 07)
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Some time ago I watched another TV phone in programme, where RF death beam
hysteria & NIMBY (not in my back yard) ruled OK. This was triggered by another
report that cancer "might" be cause be the radiation from the 47,000 UK masts.
A similar program on WiFi, expressed the same irrational science, e.g. no
substantiated evidence of any harm, so ban it from schools just in case.

1/ The idea that radiation from phone mast kill people is absurd, quite the
   opposite is true.

2/ Mobile phones actually save lives. 100s per day as emergency calls for
   accidents, heart attacks, robberies, & assaults etc. are made right from the
   incident site, with no added delay accessing a land line phone. So the
   services are more likely to get there in the crucial life critical "golden
   hour" time. Something like this..

   Saved│       ~~--..__
        │               ~~-. 
        │                   ~-. 
        │                      ~-.____
         1m 2m 4m 8m 15m 30m1h 2h 4h 8h    Time

3/ The idea that the radiation Rx from masts is high (compared to the phones)
   is wrong. The fact that the RF field from masts is millions of time weaker
   at ground level than from a phone by your ear is never mentioned! The maths
   of "Square law" is unknown to the media?

   RF Field││
   Strength│ |
     V/M   │  \
           │   ~-._
           │       ~~--...___ 
           │                 ~~~~----...._____
           0  1  2  3  4  5  6  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Distance

4/ The idea you can put the masts somewhere else is also untrue. You need the
   masts in the populated area because the range is so low (about 1kM max in
   the clear on 2.7GHz).
   Masts further away will cause bigger cells & hence less traffic capacity per
   area. Also your handset will have to Tx much higher power (shorter Tx
   time/battery life etc.) if the cells are large.

    Hill 1         Hill 2
       ▒             ▒       Hill 1 & 2 cells
      _│_           _│_      do not want see
    /~   ~\       /~   ~\    QRO phone signals
           \  ▒  /           from the next hill
            \_│_/            that may be on the
          Populated          same frequency!
   Other than high population areas, masts are generally sited in valleys that
   would be otherwise be RF holes, & on hilltops, where phones can then run low
   power & stop multi cell hilltop QRM.
5/ From 3 & 4 it is NOT a good idea to have masts further away from schools, in
   fact the school could well do with the mast site money to pay for better
   education. Lowest radiation is often close up to a masts under the beam!

   @20m        _   .   ─   ~
    ▒= : _ ~  
    │      ~ ─- . _
    ║   Main beam   ~ ─- . _   
    Ů    >  100M             ~ ─- . _ 
    █   to ground level               ~ ─- . _
6/ The long safety record of other UHF RF radiation, like QRO TV Tx (Mega Watts
   ERP), or the extreme QRO of air traffic microwave radar (Giga Watts ERP) is
   never considered relevant to mobile mast radiation safety case, why not? Or
   for that matter the not insignificant RF leakage of microwave ovens in most

7/ The only real loss of life due to mobile phones, is due to the stupid
   drivers holding a mobile up to their ear, driving one handed & not
   concentrating on their driving. This is now illegal in most countries, but
   these driving laws have had little effect!

8/ About 40% of the population will get cancer (noticable as we live longer)
   statistically cancer clusters will occur. E.g. a street may have no cancers
   in it & another have 100%, This is normal random distribution, & as masts
   are everywhere people are, so they get blamed. If it were true there would
   be 47,000 cancer hot spots in the UK! (It used to be witches that were
   burned at the stake, now it is masts,)

Unfortunately this NIMBY attitude over masts & RF, has impacted on the Amateur
radio hobby from both the uninformed public as well as planners.

On a different topic...
Note 2/ also shows the opposite view, "that speed humps save lives".

London Ambulance Service has be quoted before now to say that 700 lives are
lost per year on average, directly due to London's speed bumps & traffic
calming measures, by increasing time critical emergency journey times. The same
is true for Fire engines, that also burst their water tanks over these bumps.

Why Don't U send an interesting bul?

73 de John G8MNY @ GB7CIP

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