RF Exposure Calculations Now Required
Amateur radio operators are required to comply with RF exposure guidelines established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States. These guidelines are designed to ensure that exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation from amateur radio transmitters does not exceed established limits.
The FCC requires amateur radio operators to follow two sets of guidelines:
- Occupational RF Exposure Limits: These limits apply to amateur radio operators who are employed by or volunteer for organizations that have a responsibility to control RF exposure in the workplace. The limits are based on guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are more restrictive than the general population guidelines.
- General Population RF Exposure Limits: These limits apply to amateur radio operators who are not covered by the occupational RF exposure limits and the general public who may come in contact with out stations and antennas. The general population guidelines are less restrictive than the occupational guidelines, but still provide protection against excessive RF exposure.
To ensure compliance with the FCC’s guidelines, amateur radio operators must perform a calculation to determine the maximum allowable power output for their transmitter based on the frequency and distance from the antenna to any nearby people. The ARRL provides a free online calculator to assist with this calculation.
Additionally, amateur radio operators must also ensure that their antennas are installed and operated in a manner that minimizes exposure to RF radiation, and must post warning signs in areas where RF exposure may exceed the FCC’s guidelines. It is important for amateur radio operators to take RF exposure guidelines seriously, as excessive exposure to RF radiation can have adverse health effects.
Fore more info visit the ARRL website on RF Exposure and watch the below video.
Spring Meetup in The Mountains
The Spring Bushcraft Meetup in the Mountains will be held at Fishpond Lake in Letcher County, Kentucky on June 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2023. In the past they have had people in attendance from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and all over the State of Kentucky. The event is free of charge and will consist of demonstrators teaching survival skills to attendees of any age. They teach courses on shelter building, fire starting, knife making and hunting or catching meals.
475 Fish Pond Drive
Jenkins, KY 41537
For more info contact:
Christopher Riffe N4QBE
The SASQuatches are coming!!!
No, not the big harry humanoids who are experts in being blurry on camera, rather a dedicated group of amateur radio operators who take Summits On The Air to a whole new level. For more information on their upcoming activation visit the dedicated page by clicking here. To know more about the group as a whole visit the web page by clicking here.