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LETTER: Cell tower in your backyard may not be safe — 18 Comments

  1. At a given cell site, the total RF power that could be radiated by the antennas depends on the number of radio channels (transmitters) installed, the power of each transmitter, and the type of antenna. While it is theoretically possible for cell sites to radiate at very high power levels, the maximum power radiated in any direction usually does not exceed 500 watts.

    The RF emissions from cellular or PCS base station antennas are generally directed toward the horizon in a relatively narrow pattern in the vertical plane. In the case of sector (panel) antennas, the pattern is fan-shaped, like a wedge cut from a pie. As with all forms of electromagnetic energy, the power density from the antenna decreases rapidly as one moves away from the antenna. Consequently, ground-level exposures are much less than exposures if one were at the same height and directly in front of the antenna.

    Measurements made near typical cellular and PCS installations, especially those with tower-mounted antennas, have shown that ground-level power densities are hundreds to thousands of times less than the FCC’s limits for safe exposure. This makes it extremely unlikely that a member of the general public could be exposed to RF levels in excess of FCC guidelines due solely to cellular or PCS base station antennas located on towers or monopoles.

  2. Just remember when you address our council to do it as meekly as possible to avoid any harassment fines, or lawsuits. We have delicate daisies rooted in that building

  3. Brain Tumors are high in Sooke and I have known a few who have passed away from this and so said Cell Phones cause Brain Tumors and deafness and of course car accidents. The towers if they are really needed should be put on ranges where no one lives or will live. Keep Canada intelligent and think outside the box of the future which is our children. No service to bad put pay phones in those area’s. Telus and Shaw make enough money off all of us they should put it to good use and build a hospital in Sooke at the park that was donated to Sooke 5 years ago.

  4. I’ll be there. I think it is important to point out that the very best peer reviewed and published long term study (10 years) does not raise any alarms. I wouldn’t go putting lead in your walls just yet, in fact I don’t think that is a good idea for resale value of your home. On a side note, there is a new well funded and authoritative 30 year study starting up.

  5. Please note that WHO’s study was related to cell phone use, not RF waves radiated from cell towers. Further, a Class 2 carcinogen designation means that there may be a causal relationship (in other words, it’s possible), not that there is one. WHO’s wording is clear on this point.

    It would help your cause if you cited studies and conclusions that are relevant to your desire not to have cell towers near you. I do see that you’ve mentioned EHS, about which WHO specifically states: “There is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF (electromagnetic frequency) exposure.” So, using that organization to promote concerns about RF while ignore what that same organization has to say on another topic you raise isn’t working well for you with anyone who actually digs into the source you choose to cite.

  6. Please note that WHO’s study was related to cell phone use, not RF waves radiated from cell towers. Further, a Class 2 carcinogen designation means that there may be a causal relationship (in other words, it’s possible), not that there is one. WHO’s wording is clear on this point.

    It would help your cause if you cited studies and conclusions that are relevant to your desire not to have cell towers near you. I do see that you’ve mentioned EHS, about which WHO specifically states: “There is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF (electromagnetic frequency) exposure.” So, using that organization to promote concerns about RF while you ignore what that same organization has to say on another topic you raise isn’t working well for you with anyone who actually digs into the source you choose to cite.

  7. didn’t know the sooke pocket news had a hookum and bunk section. Bring on the cell towers! I want better reception, you want better reception and we all want better reception except for some reason 1 or 2 old crackpots who before cell towers were angry at the combustion engine and rock music, or was it DND and video games? Or team sports teaching our kids that winning is everything…..

  8. Here is a link to show you where the Telus microcell antennas are located in your area. The concentration of antennas in Sooke proper is shocking, given how few microcells of the same type are concentrated in any Vancouver neighbourhood of greater population density. I am curios why the mass density of cell coverage in such a small area of Sooke? http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html?lat=48.384758&lng=-123.733711&zoom=15&type=roadmap&layers=a&pid=0

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