Frequently Asked questions
1. What exactly is a “smart” meter?
A “smart” meter is a wireless meter often with a digital readout, a microwave transmitter, and two antennas. the picture above shows a wireless meter with a digital face, however, many analog meters with the clock wheels have been retrofitted with chips and antenna to operate wirelessly. It is often difficult to identify a meter as wireless without looking carefully at the in- formation on the face of the meter. often wireless meters with have an FCC id number. some will have a model number ending with r, which often refers to a wireless capacity involving radio frequencies.
In wireless meters with two antenna, the first operates in the 902-928 MHz frequency in or- der to transmit data within a mesh network, between you, your neighbors’ homes, and a new microwave repeater infrastructure before completing its journey to the utility company. it does this using pulsed electromagnetic radio frequencies (RF), 24 hours a day. This two-way com- munication antenna gives the utility company the ability to shut off your power remotely. Wireless meters with two antenna will also operate using the 2.4 GHz range in order to com- municate with a Home Area Network (HAN). The HAN communicates with new RF enabled “smart” appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, air condi- tioners, water heaters, and more. Many of our new appliances are equiped with “smart” ca- pabilities. With an activated HAN the utility company will have the ability to turn on or off any “smart” appliance in the home when they need extra power.
All over the country wireless meters are being installed (or plan to be installed) often using other names such as AMR or AMI (automated meter reading instrument).
Gas and water meters that are wireless also pulse information, but in the 450-470 MHz band using a one-way transmitter. When we talk about the effects of wireless meters we are gener- ally talking about the effects of all these devices. But because the electrical meters put out the most radiation they are usually the focus of discussion.
Many utility companies will not refer to a wireless meter as a “smart” meter unless it has two- way communication ability or two antenna, however, any wireless meter is a microwave emit- ting device. if a meter reader does not have to walk up to look at your meter to get a read- ing then you have a microwave radiation emitting meter that operates in cooperation with the smart network!
2. Is it true that wireless meters emit RF signals less than one minute each day?
No. The electric meters operate continuously, sending out quick bursts of radiation every 2-9 seconds. Considering these bursts are sent out several times a minute, they add up to thou- sands of bursts all day long.
each millisecond burst of radiation is strong, because it is designed to travel a full mile in dis- tance. However, you will find statements that the meter’s power is extremely low. This is true when you use time averaging. energy companies use time-averaging to report the meter’s power, failing to inform you of the power of each mciroburst.
3. Why are these meters so dangerous?
In May 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF) as a category 2B carcinogen, same as DDT and lead. This was based on studies showing an increased risk of cancer from cell phone use. Wireless meters use the same rF.
On www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLeCTaSG2-U Rob States presents “The Dark Side of Smart Meters”. One of many items mentioned is the San Francisco Sutro Tower study (AM, FM and TV waves) which has caused an 18,000% increase in certain childhood cancers.
With most wireless devices there is some choice. you may choose to live away from cell phone towers, and you may choose not to use a cell phone. With wireless meters there is no choice! the plan is to put wireless meters on every home and business in America. these meters can not be turned off as other wireless devices. Families in their homes are subjected to radiation pulsing through their bodies and brains, every minute, all day and night long, every single day.
For details on how wireless meters work see www.sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf/
in addition, the pulsing microwave radiation that wireless meters emit has more severe biological effects than the continuous radiation put out by other wireless devices. daniel Hirsch, Professor of Nuclear Policy at University of California Santa Cruz, explains that the whole body cumulative radiation exposure from wireless meters is 100 times more than cell phone exposure. He adds that the wireless meter program “is a large experiment on a very large population.” www.stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/
scientists observe this radiation damaging cells, dnA, and the blood-brain barrier. it is likely that we are all adversely affected. Children, pregnant women, seniors, people with immune deficiencies, and people with medical implants are especially at risk. See what Dr. David Carpenter has to say at www.emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946
4. What is “dirty electricity”?
the wireless meter switching power supply causes electrical spikes known as dirty electricity.
This energy flows through the wiring in your home. Not only does this cause additional health risks, but it has fried appliances, and produced interference with GFI (ground fault interrupters) which protect against electric shock and fire. www.eon3emfblog.net/?p=2180
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