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Old 06-06-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Generally there are two types of "radiation":

1.) Ionizing radiation;
2.) Non-ionizing radiation.

Ionizing radiation includes radiation from X-ray machines, nuclear reactions, glow-in-the-dark tritium paint on watch dials and gunsights, atomic bombs, and the Sun.

Non-ionizing radiation includes radiation from radio transmitters, incandescent light bulbs, power lines, cell phones, microwave ovens, most computer circuits that aren't properly shielded, handheld walkie-talkies, radar transmitters, waving magnets around in the air really fast, and the Sun.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Actually it looks like a radio mast or microwave antenna to me. But it could be anything as those towers/masts come in all kinds of shape.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:50 PM
 
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"Yes, this is a scary/ugly piece of tech..."
perception is reality.
no such thing as a "good" snake.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I wouldn't want it looming over my house and part of my view.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:01 PM
 
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Well, I wouldn't say it's aesthetically pleasing but it's certainly not scary. And of course context will drive how unappealing it is. In the midst of a highly urbanized environment a few dozen feet from the freeway, it'll bother you a lot less than if it's poking up at the edge of your three acres of exurban property.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Earth. For now.
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Though I'm not contributing anything new, I can contribute an affirmative to what has already been said.

There is nothing to fear from a tower like this. It is likely a receiver.

It MAY also be a "repeater." That is, it receives a signal and then boosts that signal and transmits it to another tower down the line so other people in more remote locations can "hear" the signal. In any case, it is harmless.

Radio signals are 100% natural. We've harnessed their power for communications around the world. But the Earth and every living thing on it has been exposed to radio signals from natural sources in the galaxy since time began. It's just another form of electromagnetic radiation. Just as ordinary light is a form of electromagnetic radiation.

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Old 06-07-2019, 05:25 AM
 
Location: east TN
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Could be a tower for wireless internet. Looks like an antennae on the backside of the receiver antennae to rebroadcast signal to the area back of the tower. I built a 100' one at the top of our mountain to get wireless into our valley, previously only served by very slow DSL. I rent space on it to a local ISP, and now get my 40MB connection free, along with enough money to pay my property taxes on the farm.


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Old 06-07-2019, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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You know, people really ought to read up on what the word "radiation" actually means.


Because there is nuclear technology, the general term "radiation" is popularly taken to mean "hazardous radiation such as gamma rays, resulting from fission or radioactive decay". But light is a form of radiation, as is radiative heat transfer.


The electromagnetic spectrum spans a vast range, only a small fraction of which poses any health risk.


The radio tower pictured will only harm you if you climb up it and fall, or if it collapses and falls on you.
I don't think it is that simple, because nobody knows the long term effects of several types of radiation. For example, we are surrounded by RF radiation at home, and everywhere else. We wear Bluetooth devices right into the ear canal, over our heads, and sorrowing ourselves with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices.

Years ago when I worked with military and other aircraft, we had strict safety guidelines about RF and other types of radiation. But what is safe or not, nobody knows.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:45 AM
 
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The signal?
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:46 AM
 
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It looks like a signal tower.
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