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Old 22-Apr-2019, 9:37 PM   #8
Tower Guy
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Exposure to high RF fields causes warming of the body, just like being in a microwave oven. In this case the stations are operating at about 25% power in a temporary antenna that is 164’ lower on the tower. The workers are exposed to high RF as they climb past the temporary side-mount antenna. The side mount antenna is directional, with reduced power toward the elevator. There are five ways to stay safe; ride the elevator past the antenna quickly without stopping, equip the elevator with a faraday shield to reduce the signal inside the elevator, wear an RF suit that shields the body from the RF, ride up the rigging cable passing the antenna quickly, and/or temporarily lower the power of the transmitter.
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