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Cell Tower Dangers

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Summary of Mobile Phone Mast Research

The following short document, Health and Environmental Concerns Regarding Mobile Phone Base Stations (Cell Towers) summarizes the research on the health effects of cell towers.

Government Recognition of Cell Tower Hazards

Scientific Recognition of Cell Tower Hazards

Safety Concerns for Cell Towers

One of the first international conferences on mobile phone mast safety was held at Salzburg, Austria, in the year 2000. The conference suggested that the thermally-based ICNIRP safety limits were insufficient to protect public health, and recommended levels as low as achievable. A variety of nonthermal health effects were discussed, such as calcium ion activity in nervous tissues, hearing sensations, cancer, cardiac diseases, reproductive disorders, altered heart rate and blood pressure, sleep disorders, headaches, fatigue, memory decrease, altered lens of the eye, immune function, and so on. Many of these are related to the symptoms of electrohypersensitivity. Since then, the number of research studies on nonthermal radiation, and epidemiological studies showing the danger of living near mobile phone masts, especially within ~300-400 meters, has been increasing.

Example Studies Focused on Cell,Radio,TV Towers

Cell towers, also known as mobile phone base stations, or masts, are the infrastructure that makes our cell phones work. Cell towers transmit and receive wireless signals to and from cell phones. Current studies suggest both short-term and long-term health risks within 300-400 meters of a cell tower, including cancer and other symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and sleeping disorders.

Identifying and Locating Cell Towers

To detect if there are any cell towers near you, check the cellreception (USA) and antennasearch (USA) websites, or the sitefinder (UK) website. Subsequently, a GPS lookup site can be used to pinpoint the location on a map. Since not all antennae are registered, you may want to check with a meter. Check the Detection page for a list of meters for RF measurements. Learn how to BRAGTM RATE your school, home, or office using the website.

Cell towers may be installed on the tops or sides of pre-existing structures, including buildings, water towers, electricity towers, lamp-posts, etc. (center). Some have a directional beam pattern, with sidelobes, exposing certain directions more powerfully than others. For example, the cell tower shown at left has 3 sets of antennas (Left), each covering 120 degrees. Others are disguised as trees (right). A new type of antenna system, known as Distributed Antennae System may also show up as black boxes on utility poles.

Watch: Eileen O'Connor and the RRT campaign against mobile phone masts.

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