The Town Without Wi-Fi
The residents of Green Bank, West Virginia, can't use cell phones,
wi-fi, or other kinds of modern technology due to a high-tech
government telescope. Recently, this ban has made the town a magnet
for technophobes, and the locals aren't thrilled to have them.
I almost feel like screaming whenever I see people blame "Smartmeters" for
a sudden onset of some sort of physical symptoms - usually on the baseless
and incorrect information that is out there on the 'net regarding these
Having people claim that these devices - that essentially work in a batch
mode transmitting a small amount of data maybe once or twice a day -
somehow are suddenly a major source of EMI is just plain wrong, but they
keep doing it!
Compared to the background EMI from the electricity service itself
including all of the devices that consume power, the contribution of a
"Smartmeter" would struggle to be measured let alone be significant.
The underlying problem I have seen with "Smartmeter" rollouts are people
whingeing that their bills are higher because their old, inaccurate
electricity meter has finally been replaced by something that now measures
consumption accurately and they now have to pay their way.
Per Monty Solomon:
I have to wonder whether electrosensivity is a binary condition or it's
just that electrosensitives are so sensitive that they are consciously
aware of the stress - and the rest of us are still affected, but not
enough to feel it.
I'm not qualified to say whether "electrosensitives" can actually feel
the energy coming from a wi-fi transmitter, and I don't want to get
into a debate about the effects (or lack thereof) of electromagnetic
I think the residents of Green Bank have the best of both worlds.
They still have wired phones, and (I assume) access to DSL, so I doubt
they are as cut off as the report makes them out to be. As for not
having cellular service, think about it: wouldn't you like to know
that once you left work, your time was all your own?
I envy them.
But they can only use wired computers. No tablets, for instance, so
they're stuck using the computer at a particular location in the home.
They can't take a laptop or tablet to Starbucks, for instance.
Having a cell phone doesn't automatically mean that your work is allowed
to call you at all hours. That's a function of your job duties, not your
high tech equipment. Consider this: you could have a cell phone, but NOT
give the number to your office.
Wouldn't you like to know that if your car breaks down, you can call a
I'd like to see a scientifically-valid blind test on these
self-proclaimed electrosensitives. Put them in a room and turn on and
off various frequencies and power levels, not telling them when. Let
them tell when it's on or off.
Instead we hear anecdotes that seem terribly psychosomatic. WiFi is
mostly very low power. Cellular phones are weak but close to the body.
Broadcast transmitters put out real power.
Nor am I.
I can say, though, that a few decades ago, when my hearing was keener than
it is today, I could often tell which motel rooms were occupied by hearing
their television set's horizontal sweep oscillator's uniquely high-pitched
squeal from outside their locked entrance doors. Utterly mystified my
spouse of the time, who couldn't hear that squeal at all, even while seated
directly in front of a TV.
So I'd rather give the "electrosensitives" the benefit of the doubt :-) .
Cheers, -- tlvp
Analog TV sets have a high-powered horizontal sweep oscillator running
at 15,734 Hz. That's within the range of a young human's hearing. Now
theoretically the electrical signal does not radiate, but the magnet
sits on the tube and physically oscillates a little with the signal, so
it really does put out an audible tone -- I could hear it too, back in
WiFi, on the other hand, is low power microwave radio, so unless it's
powerful and you're close to the source, human detection strikes me as
improbable. Note however that if you are actually sitting next to a
high-powered AP (I like my MikroTik "1 watt" router/AP but don't turn it
all the way up), you are probably taking a bit of a risk.
The so-called electrosensitives, however, seem to detect it from afar.
Oh, sure, I could hear it too.
But the alleged electrosensitives appear to be selectively sensitive
to stuff they've read about. Cell phones use frequencies that used to
be assigned to UHF TV, but cell towers rarely are as much as 100W,
while UHF [transmitters use] multiple megawatts.
If people were really as sensitive as claimed, there would have been
giant Zones of Death around TV towers for the past 60 years.