[AMRadio] Re: [Boatanchors] AEA Moscow Muffler


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Tue May 2 21:42:50 EDT 2006


              The answer is    ...Inverse square law ....




----- Original Message -----
From: Phil Galasso <k2pg at worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 8:06 pm
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: [Boatanchors] AEA Moscow Muffler 
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To: Discussion of AM Radio <amradio at mailman.qth.net>

> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> >
> > " whereas the Russians apparently fired part of theirs through 
> Finland,> supposedly causing an elevated number of cases of a 
> certain type of cancer
> > due to the huge power used"
> 
> If high RF fields in the HF bands caused cancer, most of us would 
> have been
> in the oncology ward years ago and I wouldn't be here to write 
> this. The
> same goes for people working in broadcast engineering, especially 
> at high
> power shortwave stations such as the Voice of America and Radio 
> Moscow (now
> the Voice of Russia). A lot of that cancer scare crap came from a 
book
> published about 25 or 30 years ago called "The Zapping of America" 
> by Paul
> Brodeur. Much of what was written in that book was pure 
> speculation, but the
> politicians picked up on it and saddled us with all kinds of 
> environmentalrestrictions related to RF energy. Who was this Paul 
> Brodeur? He was neither
> an engineer nor a physician. He was a staff writer for "The New 
> Yorker", a
> LITERARY magazine!
> 
> What is indisputable is that high RF fields will cause tissue 
heating.
> That's how a microwave oven cooks your food! Years ago, tower 
climbers
> working at FM or TV sites would report a sensation of warmth if 
> they got too
> close to the antenna. THAT could be dangerous, due to the 
> overheating of
> tissues and body fluids, resulting in thermal injuries. Current 
> FCC and OSHA
> regulations require such stations to greatly reduce power, switch 
> to an
> auxiliary antenna, or leave the air if someone is climbing the 
> tower. And
> working in a tuning house of an AM station running 50 kW or higher 
> can be
> dangerous, unless the transmitter is powered down, as the RF can 
> arc to
> someone who gets too close to "hot" components, causing a 
> potentially lethal
> burn. But it is highly unlikely that any harm came to Finns who 
> lived maybe
> 100 or more miles away from the Soviet radar. One of the Soviet 
> sites was
> believed to be in Minsk, which is in Belarus, at least 600 miles from
> Finland.
> 
> The "Russian Woodpecker" was a terrible nuisance, especially on 15 
> and 20
> meters. I certainly don't miss it!
> 
> Phil K2PG
> 
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