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Phone & Wireless Towers
- Sanctuary: Check the interactive coverage maps available online to identify less affected geographical areas. Visit there for a short time as a trial refuge. If that succeeds, consider relocating there permanently.
- Community: Due to ever-increasing levels of EMR, a significant segment of the world’s population now suffers from electro-sensitivity. Formation of EMR-free communities is thus becoming increasingly popular. See the section below on Communal Action.
- Off the Air: If available at your location, choose a radiation free, copper wired or fiber optic internet connection to your premises. Services utilizing WIMAX, or similar wireless distribution networks typical to National broadband, necessitate installation of a dedicated transmitter and rooftop antenna.
- Antenna Placement: If a directional antenna for any wireless service needs to be installed upon your premises, situate it upon an outer wall or eave closest to the linked tower, and as high above ground as possible. Be aware of similar antennae on neighboring buildings that may be facing you and enact appropriate countermeasures.
- Shielding: If forced to remain within less than about 1 kilometer from one or more towers, consider having metal foil, screen or sheeting professionally installed upon perimeter walls to reflect away incoming microwaves. Use an RF meter to confirm there is no residual radiation from unaccounted-for sources.
- Existing Structures: If you rent or are unable to renovate, prefer a dwelling that has as many of the following features as possible: metal roof, aluminum insect screens, metal cladding and foil insulation in the wall cavity. These will also tend to block other types of wireless signals in the area.
- Natural Buffers: Plant fast-growing leafy trees or high bushes in line-of-sight between you and the tower to absorb a percentage of the incoming microwaves. Use existing land features such as hills and valleys that weaken microwave transmissions.
- Small Cells: With the advent of the 5G network, and linked internet of things, “towers” are to be superseded by millions of small cell or micro transceivers within street-side fixtures and everyday consumer products. Avoidance of populated areas and affected products thus becomes the only consistent option.
- Tower Leases: Any land owner expecting to come out ahead by renting out a microwave tower site should first weigh up the health, property devaluation, nieghborhood sentiment and insurance issues. Additionally, once a Contract is signed, there may be little control over future expansion or co-location of additional antennas by other telecom providers.
- Wired Internet: Nearly all modems today are marketed as “Wi-Fi”. However, most retain one or more RJ45 sockets for connection of a computer by so-called ethernet cable. This method can eliminate microwave output, as well as provide optimal speed, stability and security from hacking.
- Next Step: Even after installing a cable, the external modem will continue to transmit intermittent housekeeping signals. To prevent this, disable the SSID and radio functionality within its software interface, or a physical button if provided. Remember to do the same for the computer’s own internal modem.
- Less Needed: To reduce exposure in Wi-Fi mode, choose a single band 2.45GHz modem without multiple in multiple out (MIMO) capability, the latter usually indicated by the presence of several antennas.
- Switching Off: If you are reliant upon Wi-Fi, consider switching the modem off at night at the power point. Note that this may also disable any phones connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN), or similar all-in-one service.
- Built-in’s: Some modems include a cordless phone base station and/or hot spot. The latter is pre-configured to service other nearby customers of your provider. Even if you have not opted in, these features, unlike normal Wi-Fi, may be active and not possible to shut down. Ask first to know what you are getting.
- 5G Confusion: Note that any mention of “5G” in modem specifications normally refers to the new Wi-Fi frequency band (5.8GHz) and not the emerging 5G telecommunications network.
- Mobile Option: 4G and 5G mobile broadband are increasingly competitive in price and performance. Use an RJ45 cable to connect a computer to the wireless modem supplied, and then remove the latter from inhabited areas. Since there is no aerial signal path to the user, shielding can be installed in between.
- Ghost in the Wires: Broadband over power lines (BPL) superimposes internet data from a special modem upon the building’s existing mains wiring. This is then extracted at point of use via a filter installed at any power point. While a new source of EMR will be emitted from behind the walls, it is less in both intensity and frequency than Wi-Fi.
- Trojan Horse: Although it defeats their advertised purpose, be circumspect about voice activated assistants designed to occupy key positions within the home and do your bidding via wireless connection to the internet and compatible smart appliances. The trade-off is ongoing microwave exposure and loss of privacy.
- RF Toys: There is a new genre of toys that wirelessly access the internet to perform certain functions. Apart from radiation upon children, these may relay sound, images and personal details to the manufacturer. Similarly, it is questionable that mobile phones should be handed to children as a pacifier.
- On the Range: Domestic Wi-Fi modems have an effective indoor range of 50 meters or more. Consequently, if use is essential, they can be positioned well away from living and work areas without loss of signal.
- Neighbors: The range of a Wi-Fi modem between adjacent buildings is about 100 metres. Check the list of available networks in your device’s connection interface. Should access points on other properties be listed, politely ask your neighbors if they would consider converting to cable. If necessary, offer to pay the cost.
- Monitoring: Real time Wi-Fi activity at your location can be observed in graphic detail via PC or Android applications for this purpose available to download for free online.
- Prospecting: Before committing to a new place of residence, bring along an RF meter to take readings within the actual living space. In commercial zonings or large apartment complexes signal density can be very high due to a relatively large number of nearby wireless devices.
- Hot or Not: Be cautious of signing onto “hot spot” discount schemes offered by some service providers whereby other people share your modem’s bandwidth. The increased traffic obviously translates into greater microwave exposure for occupants of your premises.
- Hard Wired: Provide supervisors with supportive documentation, and formally petition that Wi-Fi be replaced cabled internet connections for each user. If they are unreceptive, consider some of the alternatives below.
- Moving On: Transition to an environment that has no Wi-Fi, or apply for an approved home based education or work program.
- Take a Seat: Commercial “access points” (AP’s), are more powerful than domestic modems. Ask to be seated at maximum distance from any such device. This is usually in an outer row or near a window. At the same time, this ensures there are fewer personal devices nearby. Support with a formal medical certificate if symptoms warrant.
- Brought Devices: Ask to restrict or have banned on-site personally owned mobile phones, laptops and other RF emitting devices. This helps reduce overall exposure.
- Extra Room: Request that space with wired internet be made available for electro-sensitive persons, or that exposure is reduced through limited duration of use.
- Off Time: Wi-Fi networks are typically not designed to be easily switched off when not in use. However, if the router is hardwired to the modems, and the latter are “power over the ethernet” (POE) type, a plug can be installed in each room thereby enabling the supervisor to manually disable the modem.
- Learning Aids: Be aware of the increasing diversity of wireless equipment within work and education settings. These include networked office equipment, visual aids, goggles, RFID and tracking tags and audio links for events or the hearing impaired.
- Notification: Invoke the staff’s duty of care by providing them with science-based literature on the adverse effects of microwave radiation, in particular upon young people. Ironically for a professional or educational environment, reported effects include memory loss and cognitive impairment.
- Supporters: Attend open meetings with relevant facts at hand to inform other employees or parents, and unite with those expressing similar concerns. Start petitions. Write to supervisors and governing bodies putting them on notice.
Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Shop Around: Patronize shops that do not offer “free Wi-Fi”. If that is not possible, prefer establishments with the fewest people actively online. Be aware that commercial modems typically emit a stronger signal and boosters may be added to further extend range.
- Distance: Alternatively, ask where the modem is located. Then sit as far away as possible from it and other patrons who may be using the connection.
- Blanket Coverage: Be aware that many business or tourist precincts now feature numerous hot spots, wide area “free Wi-Fi” and internet enabled phone booths.
- Telltale Signs: Modems in public areas often take the form of ceiling-mounted boxes about 20cm square. Outdoors larger boxes with a protruding antenna may be visible on street side poles. Many of these can be spotted and avoided if desired. Carry an RF meter to detect hidden installations.
- Where to Stay: When traveling, prefer transport and hotels without Wi-Fi. Listings are available on the internet. Generally, hosted accommodation in personal dwellings offers a greater chance of avoidance.
- RFID: Note that some large establishments employ radio frequency ID (RFID) anti-theft or or merchandise tracking systems. Many point of sale terminals also incorporate wireless functionality.
- Covered: With tens of thousands of internet satellites planned, the Earth will be subjected to microwaves on a global scale. Where practical, retreat from densely populated areas that will be disproportionately affected by associated networks and the increase in signal traffic they afford.
- Coming Down: The downward links from satellites themselves are typically beam-like, meaning they more readily bounce off ordinary metal surfaces. Steel roofing thus becomes an even more attractive proposition.
- Pre-Trip Planning: There is a growing number of websites that provide listings of accommodation, airline flights and transport connections that are free of Wi-Fi.
- Hemmed In: The metal skin of a bus, train or aircraft acts to concentrate internal Wi-Fi signals, most notably along the central axis. In the absence of other modes of transport, sit right next to a window. Ask an attendant where the modem is located. Then, with permission, move as far away from it as possible. Preferably in an end row to minimise the possibility of adjacent passengers using tablets or laptops.
- Solar Radiation: When flying, try to book in-flight time so it occurs during hours of darkness. The purpose is to reduce exposure to ionizing solar radiation, such as gamma and X-rays, that are normally filtered out at lower elevations by the atmosphere.
- The Train: Be aware that trains relying upon overhead power cables or magnetic levitation can expose passengers inside to powerful low frequency fields.
- Polite Requests: On any type of transport, if you find yourself seated near one or more persons using a personal device, ask if they would consider placing it in airport mode, should their type of activity permit.
- Year Model: Prefer cars from an era prior to factory fitted Bluetooth, GPS, radar sensing or wireless control modules. In addition to microwaves, these increasingly relay private data to other parties. Where safe and permitted, some of these features can be disabled by a qualified auto electrician.
- Screens: If lawful, perforated or woven metal screening can be applied to side and rear windows to partially exclude microwaves from phone towers and other roadside sources. Remember to then refrain from using a mobile phone, lest the signal be concentrated inside.
- Engines: Motor vehicles with manual transmissions and diesel engines reportedly emit less EMR. For vans, choose one where the engine is not mounted beneath the drivers compartment.
- Accessories: Limit unnecessary use of high current features such as heater, air conditioner and power inverters.
- Seating: Radiation in hybrid cars is said to be strongest in the rear seat (or near the battery bank), when operating on both fuel and electric and during rapid acceleration. Adjust driving habits accordingly.
- Talking Keys: Smart keys transmit intermittently back to the vehicle. Try to avoid carrying one near your body, for example within a pants or shirt pocket.
- Anti-static Straps: To inhibit accumulation of static charge that can cause drowsiness or fatigue, fit an anti-static rubber strap to the metal undercarriage of your motor vehicle. This will maintain electrical contact with the road surface during movement.
Smart Meters – Avoidance
- Opt Out: Smart or “advance” meters transmit electricity, water or gas consumption data to the supplier, and also control any smart appliances within the home area network (HAN). If your supplier offers an opt-out, request that a smart meter not be installed. Be sure to note any applicable terms, conditions or expiry dates. A charge may apply for manual reading.
- Slanted Info: A typical response to objectors is that a smart meter transmits only a “few minutes” per day. This claim is based upon lumping all the pulses occurring within a single 24 hour period into one time frame. In fact, actual transmission is far more continuous as can be proven with any RF meter.
- Concessions: If you already have a smart meter, firmly but politely insist that the provider either replace it with a non-radiating analogue type, disable the wireless links or at least reduce the signal strength of the data transmission. The latter is sometimes set higher than necessary during initial installation.
- Refusal: If no acceptable outcome eventuates, mail a notice of refusal to the head office and post a sign on your meter box. Install hardware fittings to prevent unwanted access, while maintaining visual access for the meter reader. First obtain professional advice to ensure safety and contractual obligations are preserved.
- Know Your Meter: Not all digital meters incorporate a broadcast function. To avoid unnecessary concern or conflict, first determine what has actually been installed. This can be done by simply asking, checking for output with an RF meter or researching the model number online.
Smart Meters – Mitigation
- Meter Shields: Some metal or screen fixtures are commercially available that partially enclose the meter to attenuate its signal. However, if the wireless link to the supplier is thereby rendered fully inoperable, you may be billed for a maintenance call-out.
- Collectors: Individual meters are often networked to a street-side “collector” that boosts the data signal and relays it onward. Occasionally, these are installed upon a private meter box without the owner’s knowledge, thereby exposing occupants to higher and more continuous emissions. If you are unable to revoke consent, consider extra shielding.
- Line Filters: A meter’s internal power supply may inject switching spikes into household wiring. This can permeate all rooms with a distorted form of mains radiation termed “dirty electricity”. Special filters that plug into power sockets are advertised to remove this.
- Protection – As long as the smart meter remains in place, locate sitting and sleeping areas well away from it. Consider hiring a qualified contractor to Install metal shielding on the internal wall behind the meter.
- Insured: Many major insurers now have policy exclusions for damage or injury caused by EMR and related technology. Defective or improperly installed smart meters are reportedly the cause of numerous house fires. Check with your insurer to see if you are covered.
- Current Affairs: EMR is proportional to the current consumed by any given device. All electrical appliances bear a label stating this amount in Watts or Amperes. Among the most prominent are major white goods, inductive cook tops, water and room heaters, air conditioners, electric blankets, hair driers, fans, power tools and pumps. Limit use or maintain a prudent distance.
- Alternative Power: Prefer gas or DC powered appliances where possible. For example, cook tops, stoves, blenders and water heaters.
- The Other Side: Move sitting and sleeping arrangements away from major electrical appliances or electricity meter boxes, including those on the other side of a wall. Try not to plug appliances into power outlets located near beds or sitting areas. This increases current flow through adjacent wiring.
- Smart Appliances: Prefer appliances that do not connect wirelessly to a home area network (HAN), advanced metering network (AMI) or the so-called “internet of things”. In addition to adding a second layer of electro-pollution, such products monitor your personal activity and relay usage information for the purpose of surveillance and remote control. Some now include intrusive cameras and microphones.
- Microwave Ovens: Nearly all microwave ovens leak to some degree. Secure the door according to the manufacturer’s instruction, and stand well away when in use. Replace seals that show signs of wear. Additional to this, some researchers believe that microwaves disrupt the intrinsic nutritional qualities of food.
- Below Ground: Prefer a neighborhood with underground electricity supply and no nearby phone or wireless towers. Avoid proximity to street power lines, transformers, and substations.
- Coiled wires: To minimize creation of added electromagnetic fields, try to avoid coiling appliance cords and extension leads. Instead, deploy them in loose non-repeating patterns.
- Inductive cook tops: These work by generating a very strong magnetic field that heats metal pots and pans from within. Investigate any potential risks involved.
- Switching Noise: Power supplies for electronic devices have been a source of EMR at mains frequency. Traditional iron core transformers have now been largely superseded by switch mode circuits that instead radiate at few thousand cycles per second. Whether internally fitted or an external “brick” or wall adaptor, position it away from people. Better yet, operate on batteries if present. Then recharge when no one is nearby.
- Inductive Charging: Relatively new on the scene is wireless charging. This involves transmission of an airborne signal, at a few hundred KHz, to an induction coil within the target device. In the process, EMR is pervades the immediate area. Decline this feature, or keep your distance to avoid unnecessary exposure.
- Isolation Switch: Have a master switch professionally installed to manually power off non-essential wiring circuits during hours of sleep or disuse.
- Stray Fields: Avoid plugging appliances into power points near beds and sitting areas. The same applies to lying with the head near a socket, even if unused. Depending upon the net load, mains wiring radiates like an antenna at 50/60 cycles per second.
- Best Practice: If constructing a new dwelling, apply low EMR wiring techniques such as routing feeds for major appliances away from living areas or enclosing them in grounded metal conduit. Wiring can be restricted to one or two walls to help prevent standing waves.
- Earth Loops: In existing properties, check the wiring plus metal pipes and conduit for earth loops or ground currents that propagate stray magnetic fields. These can usually be remedied by wiring changes or installation of an inexpensive dielectric coupling.
- Line Filters: Although reports on their effectiveness vary, several brands of low pass filters are marketed that claim to purge household wiring of “dirty electricity”. The latter is primarily introduced through plugged-in devices with internal switching power supplies and lighting dimmers.
- Street-Side: When purchasing an existing home, prefer a neighborhood with underground wiring. Avoid close proximity power lines, transformers and substations. Check street poles for boxes with protruding antennas, a sign of wireless activity.
- DC Off Grid: To eliminate all internal 50/60 cycle per second mains radiation, disconnect entirely from the commercial power grid. Install solar panels with stand-alone battery storage and appropriate emergency backup such as a fuel powered generator. Then purchase appliances that operate directly from 12VDC or gas.
- Inverters: Note that the addition of an inverter to restore 120/240 volts will reintroduce mains frequency AC radiation. In addition, noise form the switching circuits radiates and can also pervade connected wiring which will then act as an antenna.
- CFL’s and LED’s: If a lawful avenue exists, decline compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) and LED globes. Most contain KHz switching circuits in their sealed base that both emit EMR into the air and inject “dirty electricity” spikes into connected wiring.
- Limited Spectrum: Compared with natural sunlight, the emitted spectrum of CFL’s and LED’s typically deficient in the health-sustaining warm rays. Replace, or limit duration of use, particularly before sleep to prevent hormonal disruption by a preponderance of blue light. The same applies to the display screens of most personal devices.
- Toxicity: Another disadvantage of CFL’s is release of toxic mercury when broken. In general, manufacture and disposal “energy saving” lamps are far more polluting than incandescent globes. This tends to offset any claimed environmental benefits.
- Traditional Options: Sale of “inefficient” incandescent globes is now prohibited in some regions. However, spot lamps such as the R80 type may be freely available. Another option is the “candle” style used in decorative lamps. Employ multiple holders to make up for their low wattage.
- Halogens: Halogen incandescent globes are also relatively free of EMR and beneficial warm light. However, they run very hot and, although the glass envelope is intended to filter out ultraviolet rays injurious to the eyes, some inevitably escape.
- Travel Alternatives: Favor land or sea, or route through smaller terminals that have minimal scanning facilities. Second best is to ensure the scanner in use is either a simple magnetometer or millimeter wave booth, and not x-ray. Fortunately, most of the latter have been phased out.
- Hands On: Where on offer, opt for a manual body pat down. In some jurisdictions, this request needs to be supported by a doctor’s signed letter stating that your health may be at risk from scanning. It helps to show the doctor a few scientific studies relevant to mmW bio-effects. These typically involve the skin, nerve endings and eyes.
- Screening: Transport authorities in some jurisdictions allow qualified travelers to obtain pre-flight screening. In addition to expediting your trip, this may soften requirements for body scanning.
- In the Queue – If none of the above are feasible, and scanning is “random”, book a flight on the busiest day of the week. Dress and act so as not to be profiled. Enter the queue when it is most crowded. If the scanning booth is in plain sight, notice how long it takes for a person to be scanned. Those with carry-ons generally require longer. Time your arrival at the end of the queue so the booth will already be occupied.
- Etiquette: First and foremost remain polite and calm. If unsuccessful, keep things in proportion. EMR exposure within a modern transit environment can never be eliminated entirely. The objective is to minimize it wherever possible. Note that in some jurisdictions seeking to avoid mandated security procedures may be unlawful, viewed as suspicious or attract penalties.
- Air travel: In general results in significant exposure to cosmic radiation, including X-rays similar to medical imaging. Here is an online calculator to estimate the dose on any flight.