The Rural Race for 5G

Digital Survivor’s L O’Connor recounts spotting 5G’s appearance while travelling recently on holiday to otherwise beautiful countryside.

On a recent holiday to Wester Ross in Scotland I was shocked at the amount of telecommunications masts and antenna’s around our beautiful countryside.

It gives me great cause for concern to see the rapid increase of 5G in our city and suburbs. However even for a 5G activist like myself who is aware of 5G in our more rural areas, it becomes a case of “out of sight out of mind” until you get out there and see it for yourself.

The A82 is a well-travelled road I have taken many times in my 24 years of driving. It was a few months ago I noticed 5G antenna on the top of LED street lights at the start of this road around Dumbarton to Alexandria. These antenna are hard to spot (hence the enhanced photo) because they are small and white which blend in with our frequently overcast skies

On the day of my holiday I was surprised to see them in Crianlarich, a popular rural village. They also appeared on barren stretches of road where there hadn’t been any lighting before.

Heading towards Fort William the LED antenna changed to the larger turquoise box which I have seen before in Perthshire. In the town of Fort William, street furniture came into view as well as several masts both large and small dotted between hotels, business parks and residential areas.

At Spean Bridge the LEDs began to dwindle then I left the A82 at Invergarry. Our surroundings became more rural with few villages – but still the odd mast every 10 miles or so perched on a hillside. Toward my destination I passed a large base station at Strathcarron I also noticed smaller transmitters on hill farms and higher ground.

A few days into the holiday I took a rather infamous road, the Bealach Na Ba, the road to Applecross. Lucky for me and my companion it was a clear day and although challenging and fraught with dangers the views from the road where breath-taking.

There is a particular view-point over to Skye and Raasay which we stopped at; the other requires a walk up to a radio mast. As my companion commented on a good mobile phone signal, alarm bells began to ring. At a safe distance with my binoculars I examined the mast, as I feared it was covered in telecommunications transmitters.

Groups of people, many of them children, stood next to the mast. I wanted to shout “run!” “Get away!” but they would never have heard me. At such a high altitude your heart and lungs are working harder to get oxygen around your body never mind have to deal with high doses of radiation. How dare these companies laden a land mark with such dangerous technology.

The best I could do was leave Digital Survivor leaflets around the places I visited such as cafes, shops and the odd pub. I think there is less awareness of 5G in these peaceful places but this has to change now, before our beautiful landscapes are completely blighted by this deadly technology.

L O’Connor