From: "Dirk Bruere"
Subject: Re: Any ideas on measuring radiation in the home ?
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2002 17:19:24 +0100
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Dirk Bruere
> wrote (in ) about 'Any ideas on
> measuring radiation in the home ?', on Wed, 9 Oct 2002:
> >So, how does that compare to living near a HV AC powerline?
> There are MANY differences between the fields generated by an electrical
> storm (broadband, very large fluctuations) and a power line (narrow
> band; more or less continuous).
> The fields from power lines DON'T occur naturally. But people have been
> living near and under power lines for around 70 years in many countries.
> If there were any harmful effect, sufficient to justify all the jumping
> up and down and screaming, it would be rather easily detectable by now,
> whereas even the most prejudiced analyses show nothing definite.
> OTOH, urban legends and scare stories are rife, many published by people
> who demonstrate clearly a total absence of understanding of the subject.
> My favourite is a claim of a 60 V/m **d.c.** electric field attributed
> to a 50 Hz mains water heater. This is a heating element, sealed in a
> steel tube, immersed in 100 L of water, in a water-tight copper casing.
> 'Oh, yes, the field disappeared when the heater was switched off.' Yes,
> and I'm the Good Fairy Sunbeam.
How about other urban scare stories, like holding a uwave emitter to your
head for a couple of hours a day for years might have adverse effects?