[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.
> 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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