You Might Be A Vampire If…………You’re Worried About Radio Activity.
I recently got this warning via an acquaintance on facebook It came with the link below, which takes you to a site inviting you to a seminar/meeting on the subject.
Hydro Qc Installing Smart Meters- Info Session on RadioActive Dangers from Smart Meters
The idea sounds familiar because this can has been kicked around before. It is the same dumb idea as getting cancer from cell phones and hands free ear sets.
The Smart Meter is being introduced by our local power utility, Hydro Quebec.
These hydro meters, (residential electric utility meters), are now going digital and will have a limited low power wireless network which works just like the cell phone equipment.
What is that, exactly? It’s a radio. A very small weak broadcasting radio with limited range.
What are radio waves? Simply a form of light that we cannot detect with our eyes.
So the radio ‘light’ from these meters is about as strong as an average flashlight.
The meter readers used to have to enter your property, find the old style mechanical meter on the side of your house, and correctly read it and then record the data.
This is not always as flawless as you may think.
Now when they stop in your neighbourhood they won’t even need to get out of their vehicle. They will send out a radio signal or cell call and the meter on your house will respond, and transmit the consumption data. Once the meter reader’s unit confirms reception, your meter’s radio will turn off.
The process could be called radio activation and this is where the scary term ‘radioactive’ is drawn from. You’ll notice it was used in the linkage sent with the facebook warning.
But there is no radioactivity involved, no harmful radiation, only a weak radio and for less than a minute.
This technology, increases home security, will improve accuracy and the utility personnel don’t have to deal with strange dogs, poor or difficult access to meters, poor or absent lighting and occasionally territorial homeowners.
But if you are a homeowner and you find the light of a flashlight painful, you might be a vampire. Maybe an unhealthy one at that as there is a world of difference between the suns light and a flashlight beam.
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