[TowerTalk] High tension lines

ve4xt at mts.net ve4xt at mts.net
Tue Aug 15 14:20:33 EDT 2006

An interesting tidbit of info: in Manitoba, transmission lines from 
generating stations to major centres are so long, they run them at DC, 
because at 60 Hz they'd be... resonant.

73, kelly

> From: Alan NV8A <nv8a at att.net>
> Date: 2006/08/15 Tue PM 12:39:34 CDT
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> CC: Craig Clark <jcclark at wildblue.net>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] High tension lines
> Perhaps somewhere in my collection of clippings I still have the article 
> I found many years ago in the reputable UK _Wireless World_ 
> (which has since changed its name, I think). I don't recall the author's 
> name, but he argued that the confusing findings in studies of possible 
> correlation between proximity to HV lines and the incidence of cancer 
> was due to the failure to distinguish between 50Hz transmission 
> and those using 60Hz. Somewhere between those frequencies, he 
> was some crucial turning point in the effect on the human body.
> Alan NV8A
> On 08/15/06 06:30 am Craig Clark wrote:
> > With all due respect, there has not been a correlation of cancer to 
> > high tension lines. In 1979, Brodeur wrote "The Zapping of America" 
> > where he tried to correlate cancers to proximity to high tension 
> > lines and electrical substations. He followed up with several other 
> > long screeds in the New Yorker Magazine on the same subject. All 
> > long on emotion but short on science.
> > 
> > At Ham Radio Magazine, we supported quite a bit of research on RF 
> > radiation and cancers working with some of the best in the field of 
> > radio and  epidemiology. As I remember, this was the area Overbeck 
> > was most concerned about due to his activity on the VHF/UHF 
> > bands.  What we found was that non-ionizing radiation was unlikely to 
> > cause any form of cancer. This is what you have around power lines 
> > and HF amateur radio stations.
> > 
> > I know nothing about the medical reasons of susceptibility to 
> > cancer.  I do know that Brodeur was manipulating facts to prove his 
> > 
> > Finally, I personally would not locate my ham station anywhere near a 
> > high tension line.
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