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EMF Studies

03 February 2013

Cell Phone Antennas

“No Radiation for You” (Israel) has just placed a very informative and comprehensive page about cell phone antennas on its site. “Deploying more and more antenna will not improve reception; it will just enable the cellphone companies to sell more mobile phone services and to pass more traffic to people who want to see the football game on their smart phone or 3G or 4G device. Therefore more antennas will always mean more radiation and when you watch TV, or talking for hours on your cellphone, you actually creating the need for more antennas.”  Here are two excerpts: 

Cellphone antennas – Preview

Cellphone antennas have become part of our daily view. There are some very complexes technical and ethics questions related to cellphone antennas. One thing is certain, the public is full of fear when it comes to cellphone antennas while most of the public uses their cell phones, iPhones, cordless phones, tablet PCs, WIFI routers and wireless laptops without any worry or fear. Some people refuse to acknowledge that there are wireless technology junkies while they abuse their devices and expose themselves to RF radiation from these devices, for long hours, day after day.

Some people will go to protest rallies about a mobile phone mast, but will never think to stop using their mobile phone just for an hour. It is important to understand that cellphone need their antennas. As there are more cellphone and as cellphone use increases there is growing need for more antennas to service these phones. If you bought several cellphone for your family and you all use them heavily, you are actually creating a need for more antennas next to your house or working place.

For years I have avoided writing a page on cellphone antennas (masts), since I think there is a lot of other thing we can do to minimize our exposure to RF EMR before trying to deal with this complexes meter called cellphone antenna. Dealing with cellphone masts and the RF radiation that is emitted from them is not simple. This is in comparison to in house RF and ELF sources that you can control, move, replace or switch off. In most case these in house RF emitting devices will contribute more RF to the in-house level than the nearby cellphone mast, in most cases!

But there are other cases in which people already handled all the in house RF sources and their only remaining problem is the RF radiation coming from the cellphone antenna near their house. For these people I wrote this page.

More antennas, less radiation?

In theory, if you have a cellphone antenna next to you, your phone will have to transmit lower RF levels in order to reach it. But this is not the full story. The exposure from your cellphone can be reduced by you if you talk less, or use a speaker phone of a wired earpiece. Your exposure from the cellphone antenna is 24X7, you can't control it, reduce it or stop it in an easy simple way (blocking and shielding is possible but costs money). In addition, in every country there are many mobile phones network for different brands and companies. This contribute to the chance that even if you have a cellphone antenna right next to you it will not belong to the company that service you, so your phone will still have to emit high levels and in addition you will be exposed to radiation from the antenna 24X7. The main reason that more and more cellphone antennas are being deployed is to handle the bandwidth of mobile communication that people use today. Deploying more and more antenna will not improve reception; it will just enable the cellphone companies to sell more mobile phone services and to pass more traffic to people who want to see the football game on their smart phone or 3G or 4G device. Therefore more antennas will always mean more radiation and when you watch TV, or talking for hours on your cellphone, you actually creating the need for more antennas.

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