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Old 06-05-2019, 05:35 PM
 
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What type of tower is this?







Could this be a cellphone tower? That can affect health by radiation?
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Looks like a microwave link, possibly a long-range connection for a TV station (studio to tower, etc.) or an emergency services connection.

It probably does not emit much of anything. The top element is for reception; the lower one might be a short-range microwave dish, either reception or transmission or both.

Unless you fall from its top, health risks are nil.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:39 PM
 
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Looks like a microwave link, possibly a long-range connection for a TV station (studio to tower, etc.) or an emergency services connection.

It probably does not emit much of anything. The top element is for reception; the lower one might be a short-range microwave dish, either reception or transmission or both.

Unless you fall from its top, health risks are nil.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:06 AM
 
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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.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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... or if it collapses and falls on you.
Oh... I didn't think of that. Run!
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Or if you are leaning against it in a rainstorm and lightning hits it. Come on, there must be other ways it could hurt you!
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Damn, I just didn't think my answer through. I guess there could be a nest of rabid squirrels in the lower antenna, or human-eating vultures roosting on it, or toxic chemicals in the insulators...

Run fast!
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:39 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Default Other possible problems

Or if you run into a guy wire @ speed, on a motorcycle or snowmobile. Injuries could be severe, to fatal. (That's why these rigs are usually enclosed in a fenced area, typically around the base of the structure & guywires - just to try to keep people safe.) There are probably state or federal laws/requirements for the enclosure (& siting of the antenna, come to that). I'd look @ the state laws first - for your state - as they tend to vary the most.)

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Old 06-06-2019, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Anyway, OP, we're not making fun of you. Yes, this is a scary/ugly piece of tech to have near your house or work or favorite park or whatever. But it's of no health risk to you. Except maybe from those squirrels.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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https://www.fcc.gov/engineering-tech...q/rf-safety#Q6
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