Glasgow’s Streets Badly Irradiated

I measured electromagnetic radiation levels yesterday on two of Glasgow city centre’s pedestrian precincts. Prepare to be shocked!

Glasgow will pilot 5G before the technology rolls out across the UK. Telecom giant EE turns on 5G in a number of UK cities from the middle of this year and Scotland’s “second city” is one of them.

Vodaphone and O2 are also carrying out work in similar trials in rural and urban areas right across Britain.

This post is published before 5G officially arrives.

Safety limits

Radio-frequency (RF) radiation from wireless equipment, such as wifi routers and cell phones, typically measures around 5.000 mW/m2 (milliWatts per square meter) in the middle of a typical home or office. This is according to Trifield, a manufacturer of quality electromagnetic-field meters.

Trifield’s assessment of average exposure levels sits far above where independent experts’ would like it to be. (And see further criticism of official standards set for safety limits.)

I’m tempted here to bang on about how 5G’s impact will be catastrophic to public health, people’s personal privacy, and even humanity itself. But maybe you can escape this by instead browsing Digital Survivor and researching “problems with 5G” online – once you finish reading here, of course.

Sauchiehall Street

Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street contains a large stretch that’s open only to pedestrians. It’s an extremely popular area containing shops, indoor malls and markets, places to eat, and everything else one would expect.

The first meter reading, using a Trifield TF2 set to measure RF, took place at a Tesco store.

There’s clearly radiating technology at work behind those grey service doors that face onto the precinct. I don’t know if it joins the public wifi network but it likely does service Tesco’s own commercial activities.

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The peak reading taken just in front of the doors read over 10.000 mW/m2 (pic below) and sometimes jumped a little higher.

This is definitely not a good place to loiter, as some do while smoking a cigarette or waiting for friends.

It’s also maybe not wise to spend too much time in the barber shop that’s next door.

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Below is the second reading, this time taken at the Savoy Centre further along Sauchiehall Street. The venue is home to many small retail outlets and businesses and the entrance faces out onto the precinct.

A whopping peak reading of 15.716 mW/m2 came from behind the ceiling of the foyer entrance. Again, an unhealthy place to hang about.

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Walking down Sauchiehall Street towards where the precinct eventually turns a corner and becomes Buchanan Street, I spotted wifi gear strapped to trees,

With one device per tree, each set roughly 100 feet apart, the meter measured an alarming 15.212 mW/m2 peak reading.

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Even street planters – waist-high street furniture topped with flower beds – each gave out peak readings averaging 2.000 to over 3.000 mW/m2. It’ll be interesting to see how the summer blooms will fare with all that electrosmog pumping out from underneath them.

Buchanan Street

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Once in Buchanan Street and walking down from the top, I noticed regularly spaced poles. Tall and thick, many were topped with LED lights that flickered irregularly when viewed on the camera’s digital screen.

Perhaps this is more than merely street lighting. These poles gave out very high peak readings, averaging over 15.000 mW/m2.

Indeed, the Trifield more than once appeared to go right off the scale at this location – see pic below. I don’t quite know how to explain that.

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The future’s not far away

This test report would find a far worse situation if repeated once 5G visits Glasgow later this year.

However, I may be looking for an escape soon, thanks to EE and everyone imposing this tech so inescapably on the unwilling. 😎