Off the Top of My Head: SmartMeters™ -- Rational and not so rational fears
We live in a messy world of radio frequency energy, from the AM stations we get the morning news, FM stations that fill our day with music and news, the wireless telephones that save us many steps everyday answering the phone, and of course, our indispensable cellphones and smart phones. And then there are those radio signals we do not think about that much, the satellite signals that bring us hundreds of TV channels to the corner of our house and GPS navigation signals that guide us from point A to point B.
If we live near an airport the radar signals guiding airplanes to safe landings sweep by the house, and in our case, the Beale AFB Pave Paws Radar we can hear on our police scanners. Other radio signals we hear on our scanner are the police, fire, public service, and ham radio users. Finally, let's not forget those WiFi signals that bring broadband to our laptops and Netflix movies to our Apple TV.
We already live in a messy radio frequency world, so why are people complaining about those tiny radio signals coming from the PG&E SmartMeters™? Why are these specific radio signals causing so much irrational concern among the folks in Marin County? These signals are only a very small addition to the total RF spectrum that surrounds us, unless we live in a metal faraday cage designed to keep out radio signals?
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- Robinson Mini-Mart across from GV Post Office
- Robinson Enterprises Headquarters
- CABPRO Headquarters
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- B&C True Value Home Store
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- The Range
- Moule Paint & Glass
- Haldane Computers
- Schmidt Antiques on Broad Street in NC
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