I visited the streets of Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh yesterday to sample radiation levels before 5G wireless fully arrives.
Both Glasgow and Edinburgh are pilot cities where Vodaphone and EE are trialling 5G before the new technology rolls out over Britain (and indeed across much of the civilised world).
I recently reported here on unacceptably high levels of street radiation polluting two of Glasgow’s main pedestrian precincts, Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street, so it made sense to travel through to Edinburgh with a similar mission in mind.
Environmentally friendly Scotrail’s free wi-fi
The 43-mile journey is pleasant for its Lowland Scotland scenery. It typically takes just over 50 minutes between Glasgow and Edinburgh on Scotrail trains that run frequently.
Spotting a sign that encouraged passengers to “say aye to free Wi-Fi”, I got the Trifield EMF meter out to check levels of radio-frequency (RF) radiation pulsing through the train.
Peak readings regularly went above 7.000 mW/m2 – roughly two to three times the amount an average router might emit in, for example, people’s homes. That certainly isn’t a healthy environment to stay in too long.
This level of RF exposure is particularly unacceptable given Scotrail services the entire country, meaning many long journeys listed on its timetables. And all one needs in order to make matters worse is for someone sat opposite surfing online with their smartphone.
So much for Scotrail’s announcement over the carriage speakers that rail travel with them is “environmentally friendly”! Tell that to anyone particularly sensitive to electromagnetic energy, or to those regular commuters who are putting their health at longer-term risk every working day.
Train travel is now a deeply unhealthy ordeal: Gone perhaps are the days when many considered rail a traditionally pleasurable travel option.
Edinburgh itself is a mixed bag
Pedestrian areas such as the Old Town’s historic High Street (leading onto the Royal Mile) and the Grassmarket are both relatively free of radiation. This may be because neither locations were developed by the typical shop consortia that populate more modern retail precincts.
In contrast, Edinburgh’s main shopping parade Princes Street has incrementally over the years become one (or more) of these modern consortia. Here I found peak RF measurement readings, especially from *LED lampposts, that came in at about double those recorded earlier on the train.
* 28/02/19 CORRECTION – from a reader named Euan: “Just saw your blog about 5G in Edinburgh. For the record, The street lights in Princes Street aren’t LED. They are the same Metal Halide lights which were installed as part of the tram project. Regards.”
(So it’s not just LED lampposts that are pumping out RF radiation!)
(Peak readings are visible in the top left of the meter screen in the pictures below.)
There were also other RF radiation sources dotted around on what seemed to be surprisingly few lampposts. But they were of course still pumping out their electromagnetic toxins.
Open Reach on the road
This means that disabling a 5G router’s wi-fi and instead connecting devices to it by ethernet should be possible.
There was a BT Open Reach engineer at work with underground cabling in preparation for 5G just outside Edinburgh Art College.
The chap (pictured above) was happy to talk to Digital Survivor. He told me, “Open Reach will put fibre into every home in Britain over the next few years.”
I asked him to repeat what he had just said and he confirmed that fibre cabling will go straight to people’s home routers (and I later checked that claim). This means it should be possible to disable an Open Reach 5G router’s wi-fi and instead connect one’s devices (also wi-fi disabled) using ethernet wiring so that there would be no signal looking to connect.
This guy was also well clued-up about electromagnetic field and RF radiation exposure and associated risks to health such as heart problems, irregular behaviour of red blood cells, and more.
So maybe there is after all a slither hope in the coming 5G tech dystopia – certainly it seems so long as one stays firmly at home and uses gadgets wired and without wi-fi.
On the way back to the train station, heading towards my microwaved return home to Glasgow, I spotted a beggar.
Edinburgh is rife with organised gangs of beggars operating hierarchically through gang-masters controlling oversubscribed pavement spots. These people come from across the world, drawn by a huge tourist economy.
And this fella sat there was asking passers-by for “spare change” – while at the same time surfing online with a smartphone.