MOBILE PHONE MASTS
by chriscarubia on October 13, 2014
In the face of uncertain science about health risks associated with mobile phone masts, it is worth noting that British planning law is the most lax in Europe. PRISM along with other organisations insists that mobile phone masts are placed at a safe distance from the vulnerable, such as children and schools. This precautionary measure has already been adopted in Europe and the US resulting in 500 metre exclusion zones around masts.
In a simple case of ‘wealth before health’ the Labour Government of the time refused to implement a safe distance between phone masts and humans. Hardly surprising, since between them, the mobile phone operators paid the government over £22.5 billion for new 3G licences that use a technology that needs masts to be placed very close to the mobile phone to work correctly.
When the licences were agreed on, the technology of the time was 2G. It’s important to appreciate the difference between the 2G mobile phone technology of that time that was used to send and receive voice and text messages, and the controversial technology named 3G [short for third generation], and now the implementation of the upgrades to 4G
Put simply, a 2G phone mast can send and receive digital signals over 22 miles [35,000 metres]. As such, there needs to be a 2G phone mast approximately every 11 miles to enable the call to be ‘handed over’ to the next mast [cell]. Due to the coverage of the cell, a 2G mobile phone mast does not need to be located in urban areas where there are lots of people. These 2G masts were usually placed in a field or near a motorway, well away from populated areas. 3G, and now the emerging 4G technology need to be a lot closer together and closer to the user to gain coverage.
What seems to be the case now is that technology has changed considerably but the licensing has not. Where a licence was given for one 2G transmitter to be placed, we now have several transmitters, per mast, transmitting a completely different type of signal (microwaves) It would appear that as long as an INCIRP certificate is produced it will be passed by the planning department.
Interesting to note that under the heading of Pulsed Radiation in theBiological Effects section of the INCIRP report it states that:-
People with normal hearing have perceived pulse-modulation RF radiation of frequencies between about 200MHz and 6.5GHz, the so-called microwave hearing effect. The sound has been described as a buzzing, clicking, hissing or popping sound, depending on modulation characteristics. Prolonged or repeated exposure may be stressful. It seems most likely that the sound results from the absorption of the incident energy. These potentially stressful and harmful effects should be avoided.
It also then goes onto state that:-
Exposure to low levels of pulsed or cw microwave radiation have been reported to affect neurotransmitter metabolism and the concentration of receptors involved in stress and anxiety responses in different parts of the brain.
We tend to explain these effects as being tired after a long day at work, or feeling run down, or it’s just that buzzing in your ears you hear when you switch of the telly as you go to bed. I think we need to know more about this potential health issue that seems to be being swept under the carpet without a cursory glance.