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(March 18-27, 2011)

Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, PhD

Beach of the Hermitage — Playa de la Ermita

Guillaume Fulchiron

Fake Chimneys, Real Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation

Lyon, France

March 18, 2011, 15:39 UTC (16:39 local time)

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Panoramic investigation.

I must admit that the mobile phone company did a good job to discretely integrate some GSM antennas into the urban landscape. Really, when you're down on the ground you can not discern the true from false chimneys. When you take a closer look up there you may notice the admirable work of imitation.

In this panorama there are 3 fake chimneys: can you find them?

On the roof 2 kinds of limits are drawn; the red-white line indicates that one should not cross this limit without mandatory safety equipment (harness) to prevent falls to the street (30m / 98ft). The yellow-black line indicates the limit not to exceed without requiring the operator to turn off the GSM antenna hidden in the fake chimney.

Stuck on the chimney a red-yellow sign "radioelectric risk" gives the minimum distance not to exceed: 3.5m on side, 8m in front, 0.5m up and down (9.8ft, 26ft, 1.6ft). The limit lines drawn on the roof proves that approaching a GSM antenna is harmful to human health.

But what is strange in this particular case, according to the people living here, is that the mobile phone company has never informed the inhabitants he was building such a facility above their heads. During the installation the technician said they installed a satellite dish to receive DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television).

Is it really in the interest of landscape preservation that mobile phone antennas are hidden in such a way?
My lightweight pano weapon :
Nikon D90
Sigma 8mm
Manfrotto monopod

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