Wireless radiation endangers nation!

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Allison visited most of the cell tower locations in Pamlico County. Here, he uses the Acoustimeter to evaluate levels of wireless radiation outside the gate of a multiple carrier tower on Kershaw Road.

By Gordon Allison, Jr.Technical Reporter

Editor’s note: As a former engineer with Motorola Corporation, Allison has been closely involved with the roll-out out of all types of wireless electronic devices over the past 40 years.

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – I want to thank Pamlico County resident Rick Happ for his recent purchase of an ‘Acoustimeter,’ which can be used by almost anyone to evaluate the increasing prevalence of wireless radiation air all around us. I have been using the unit over the last several weeks, and have been amazed at the readings – and alarming levels, which concern me greatly.


In early September, this easy-to-use Acoustimeter will be available at the local library, and can be checked out just like a book. On Page A-15 of this newspaper, please read Happ’s commentary where he lays out a convincing case that wireless radiation may be one cause for increasing rates of autism among our youngsters. In fact, I urge everyone to take advantage of this instrument! Use it to ‘scope out’ areas of your home or workplace to get a rough estimate of all the radio frequencies that exist almost everywhere!

Like many of my friends and family, I often peer into the window of my microwave oven to see how food items are cooking.


In one of my first experiments with the Acoustimeter, I turned on the instrument and approached my home’s microwave from some 12 feet away. What is known as ‘radio frequency leakage’ from my microwave was much, much higher than I had expected!

You see, microwave ovens have a door assembly that contains a microwave component – closing the door causes a ‘short,’ meant to keep most of the microwaves inside the food cooking cavity. But this door assembly seldom works properly. When I got about six feet away, the Acoustimeter maxed out, and I made it a point not to get any closer while the microwave oven was in operation!

Running similar tests in my home, car and neighborhood have forced other changes in procedures around the house. First, the microwave oven radiation was so high that I now dial in the time to cook, press the start button, and immediately move away some 12 feet or so.

I used the Acoustimeter to measure radiation from a cordless 2.4 GHz telephone and discovered that it emits strong fields some 15 feet away! I have now un-plugged the unit until I can pack it away. I am not too concerned about the two laptops I use somewhat regularly, but the WiFi modem is another story entirely! Please, please! I urge readers to do as I have done – put a timer on the WiFi modem. I set mine so it shuts off at midnight, and comes back on at 7 am. And, my wife Patty and I are happy with our decision not to have ‘smart’ thermostats, ranges, refrigerators and so on in our environment. For gosh sake! All of these so-called ‘smart appliances’ are radiation emitters!

The Acoustimeter I have been using can detect frequencies as low as 200 megahertz (Channel 11 of television broadcast through the air) and up to the much, much higher 8 gigahertz (earth to satellite communications). However, as we discovered in the Second Part of this newspaper’s series on wireless radiation, area resident Judi Wills wrote that she is affected by much lower frequencies (undetectable by this model of Acoustimeter). Judi reported that low frequencies – like the simple 60 hertz waves emitted by AC-powered compressors at food stores – wreak havoc with her health.

Three decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission set electro-magnetic radiation exposure limits based on heating effects to humans. At the time, heating effects were perceived as the only potential threat. You may be surprised to know that those levels – set years ago – are still cited by the telecommunications industry as today’s safety standard, despite rampant physiological effects upon the human body that are now manifesting themselves in the age of digital communications.

I also explored radio frequency energy measurements around our various school facilities, and in the vicinity of cell phone towers.

One big surprise – the Acoustimeter lit up like a Christmas tree outside the Pamlico County Middle School. The RF energy measurements taken around various school facilities can be misleading. The WiFi modems may have been turned on or off, or signals from one unit may have cancelled out (or enhanced) the signals of another. What I couldn’t tell is if the tinted glass around the schools is “E” glass or not? If it is, then the signals in the school could have been even higher than what I measured outside.

I also used the Acoustimeter to confirm what I expected. At the cell tower site in Maribel off Hwy. 304, I walked up almost to the base of the tower, where radiation detection was zilch! Of course, as I moved away from the base of the cell tower, both I and the Acoustimeter entered territory where the tower’s electromagnetic waves were emanating – just as the science behind this technology would predict and the radiation was clearly detected by the Acoustimeter!


The August 16th edition of The County Compass stated, “You see, microwave ovens have a door assembly that contains a microwave component – opening the door causes a ‘short,’ meant to keep most of the microwaves inside the food cooking cavity.” It should have read “closing the door causes a ‘short’.” This correction is to clear up the previous misunderstanding.

This type of microwave oven uses a small metallic cavity mounted in the door that goes around the glass window. That secondary cavity is called a choke flange, which produces a virtual short to keep the microwave radiation inside the cooking cavity. Thus you only need to take a damp cloth to clean the surface of the microwave cavity and the door to keep the radiation protection working. A word of caution: Don’t operate a microwave oven with anything between the door and the cavity face. Don’t use an oven with the door not aligned with the rest of the microwave oven’s cabinet. If the door develops cracks or the glass window breaks, you should buy a new microwave oven.