Mobile phone towers fade into that place above my eye-line where I don’t tend to take any notice… until now! After my home Wifi investigation, it dawned on me that these towers (also known as base stations and antennas) are just like my active wireless router at home but on a massive scale. They are powered 24/7, connecting our 3G and 4G devices, emitting high-frequency (microwave) radiation while we’re out and about, whether we like it or not.
If you live in the city or suburbs, you may be surprised to see how many towers are around you. Mobile phone technology uses high-frequency radio wave bands. The higher the frequency used, the less distance the shorter wavelengths travel requiring many towers to be dotted across our landscape. Typically, towers in urban areas are approx. 2km to 5km apart. More towers equal better coverage and higher frequencies mean higher levels of RF (radio frequency) radiation for us.
Out and about with my meter.
Using the website Oztowers.com.au, I can see the towers in my immediate area. You can see on this map the antennas are owned by Telstra (T), Optus (O) and Vodafone (V).
With my Acousticom 2 Meter, I took readings at some of these locations to compare with the levels of RF radiation from my Wifi router at home. Here’s what I found. Continue reading “Are Mobile Phone Towers Safe? Possibly Not….”