Smart Meters Are An Even Larger Threat Than I Had Thought: A More Detailed Consideration of Smart Meters’ Microwave Technology, and Its Threats to Health and Civil Liberties

March 25, 2012

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I Underestimated the Radiofrequency Radiation Emitted From Smart Meters in My Previous Smart Meter Post

In my previous post, The Dangers of Smart Meters Hit Home [http://www.non-toxicnurse.com/the-dangers-of-smart-meters-hit-home/], I stated that I was unaware of any smart meters that operated in the microwave range.  I made this statement based upon the fact that every specification sheet I could find on the Web for the various models of smart meters stated that they operated solely at 900 MHz. Thus, according to the definition of the microwave range given by more conservative physics textbooks (i.e., 1 GHz to 300 GHz), smart meters themselves would be outside of the most strict definition of microwaves.  Please note, however, that many textbooks, and even the ­­­U.S. Department of Labor [http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/radiofrequencyradiation/], are now referring to frequencies in the range of 300 MHz to 300 GHz as “microwaves,” and this is why one might read elsewhere that all smart meters operate in the microwave range.

 

An E-mail From a Canadian Well-Versed in the Technology Used by Smart Meters

After I published my previous post, I was contacted by a man named Hugh Hinskens, who lives in British Columbia, Canada.  Hugh has a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Victoria (1988) and a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from Camosun College (1994).   He has worked to produce equipment for measuring soil moisture for the University of Victoria, and in electronics engineering, manufacturing, and testing.  He has also produced and installed microwave test equipment for detection of RFR fields for his own company. For the past 15 years he has worked in IT and he currently works as a computer systems administrator for Camosun College.  Hugh joined the anti-smart meter cause in British Columbia (BC) late last year.  He is a member of the board of directors of http://StopSmartMeters.ca, a group specifically involved in running an “initiative” petition calling for a vote regarding the forced implementation of smart meters in BC. He is also involved as a technical consultant with the more broadly based http://StopSmartMetersBC.ca Coalition. The Coalition is involved with all aspects of the fight against smart meters; they launch lawsuits, lobby politicians, and educate the public.

 

The Non-Toxic Nurse Receives a Much-Needed Lesson on Smart Meter Networks–They Emit More RFR, and At Higher Levels, Than I Had Previously Thought

Hugh taught me many important things about smart meter enabled neighborhoods, and helped to clear up some questions I had, even after many hours of research.  It is very difficult to find a schematic of a “typical smart meter installation” on the internet.  None of the installation schematics I have found include the frequencies at which the various devices and transmitters in the installation operate.  Thanks to Hugh, I am now aware that homes in many smart meter enabled neighborhoods will be constantly exposed to 2.4 GHz frequencies in addition to the 900 MHz frequencies to which the power industry and smart meter manufacturers are readily admitting!  These 2.4 GHz frequencies are well into the “microwave” portion of the radiofrequency range, even according to the most conservative textbooks of physics. This is quite alarming given that RFR frequencies in the microwave range of 1 GHz to 300 GHz have been shown to be especially harmful to human health (per the wide range of experts I cited in my previous post).

According to Hugh, the 2.4 GHz frequencies will come via the “HAN” portion of the smart meter installation.  HAN is an acronym for “Home Area Network.”  The HAN is the aspect of smart meter installations that will allow the coming smart appliances discussed in my previous post, which contain radiofrequency radiation emitting microchips, to communicate with each other and be controlled by the electric company.  The control of the smart appliances is made possible by a radiofrequency transmitting chip placed in the smart meter itself, which also runs on the 2.4 GHz frequency.  As described in my previous post, this chip will give the electric company the ability to shut off any of your smart appliances whenever it pleases, as boasted in this power industry promotional material:  http://www.ember.com/press_release.html?id=237.  Although the ability of the electric company to depower your smart appliances is marketed by the power industry as a way to prevent large-scale blackouts, one has to wonder if there will be checks in place to ensure that the electric company is not simply turning your air conditioner off in the middle of a heat wave in order to turn around and sell the electricity to the highest bidder during peak usage periods.

 

The ZigBee Chip

As I learned from Hugh, the official name for the “smart chip,” used in both the smart meter and the smart appliances, is the “ZigBee” chip.  Devices that contain it are referred to as “ZigBee enabled devices,” “ZigBee devices,” or “smart” devices.  The ZigBee RFR transmitter chip is built to specifications agreed upon by an alliance of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, original equipment manufacturers, and end-users worldwide (known as the “ZigBee Alliance”), to ensure interoperability between “smart devices” and any given HAN (see www.zigbee.org).  Here is an article, written by Mikhail Galeev, an electrical engineer for Motorola, that corroborates all that Hugh has told me about the ZigBee chip and the 2.4 GHz (microwave) signal it emits:  http://www.eetimes.com/design/embedded/4006430/Home-networking-with-Zigbee.

 

Remote Customization Capabilities of Smart Meters:  Paving the Way for the Age-Old “Bait and Switch” Tactic

Hugh made a very good point about a tactic that can be used by electric companies during smart meter roll-outs.  In an effort to win community approval of smart meter roll-outs, the power industry can install smart meters that do not have their 2.4 GHz HAN capabilities activated at the time of installation.  These meters do, however, contain the internal ZigBee chip/RFR transmitter.  Therefore, at a later date, when citizen concern regarding the exact operating frequencies of the smart networks has died down, the utility company can proceed with remotely activating the 2.4 GHz ZigBee RFR transmitters inside the smart metersCitizens not in possession of RF meters and the time or desire to supervise the operating habits of their smart meter, will be none the wiser.  Therefore, citizens need to be aware that electric companies that claim their smart meters will be operating only at the 900 MHz frequency are typically misleading the public.

 

Collector Meters:  Even More “Extra Special” Than I Had Realized

Hugh also gave me some troubling information about the types of smart meters that I had described as the “extra special” smart meters, in my previous post.  These “extra special” smart meters, I have learned, are better known as “collector meters,” “cell relay meters,” or “end-point meters.”  Collector meters contain an extra antenna and serve as a transmission hub for all of the smart meters in a particular area.  As I mentioned in my previous article, the collector smart meters send and receive more RFR signals than the regular smart meters—exposing those in the home upon which they are attached to more health-threatening RFR.  Hugh explained that the situation was actually a bit worse than I had thought.

According to Hugh, in addition to sending and receiving RFR more often than regular smart meters, collector smart meters can run at other frequency bands, in addition to the 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz bands used by regular smart meters—hence, their extra internal antenna.  Hugh and one of the sites with which he is affiliated [http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/?page_id=338] state that collector smart meters are capable of running on the same frequency bands as cell phones–if you are not familiar with the recent research regarding the dangers of cell phone frequencies, please read my previous post.  Collector meters utilize either 850 MHz or 1.9 GHz frequencies, in order to transmit the combined data of 500-1000 homes to the cellular collector antenna for the community.  (The cellular collector antenna for a community is typically affixed to a utility pole.)  1.9 GHz is well into the microwave range, even when using the conservative standard.  Thus, not only are the inhabitants of the homes with collector smart meters continually exposed to a higher total number of RFR transmissions than those with regular smart meters (by virtue of it compiling neighborhood-level data), they are also potentially exposed to an additional, microwave band (i.e., 1.9 GHz), on top of the 900 MHz and 2.4GHz band capabilities already present in regular smart meters.

 

The Disconnect Switch:  If You Fear the Dark or the Cold, Be Certain Not to Anger “Big Brother!”

Hugh went on to explain that the ZigBee chips in smart meters with which he is familiar have “disconnect switches” in them, which allow for the total shutdown of a home’s power with a stroke of an electric company keyboard.  This power industry promotional sheet corroborates the existence of the disconnect switch:  http://www.ember.com/press_release.html?id=237.  With the surveillance liberties given to U.S. government agencies under the Patriot Act (see http://www.aclu.org/national-security/surveillance-under-usa-patriot-act), which have made it much easier to monitor citizens’ whereabouts, and telephone and internet communications, and also the surveillance capabilities of smart meters themselves (see my previous article), citizens concerned with civil liberties might wonder if the disconnect switch in smart meters will be used on others besides those who fail to pay their utility bill.

 

The Potential Civil Liberty Implications of the Disconnect Switch:  Could It Be Used In the Recent Government Efforts to Suppress Food Freedom?

The disconnect switch in smart meters is especially troubling when one considers the FDA’s and USDA’s recent habits of treating farmers and private food purchasing clubs, particularly those who produce or sell raw foods or hold on-site feasts, as criminal.  The new documentary film Farmageddon is a good introduction to the frequency with which such raids are now occurring in the U.S., and the unreasonable force with which they are being carried out.  You can view the Farmageddon trailer here:  http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news/Digest_Canty_Farmageddon_Trailer_111710.htm).  You can read more about farm and wholesale buying club raids via following these links:  http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/press/press-03aug2011-rawesome.htm ;   http://farmtoconsumer.org/quail-hollow-farm-dinner.htm ; http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/FDA-Sting-Amish-Dairy-Farmer.htmhttp://www.farmtoconsumer.org/press/press-15dec2008.htm .

Will the presence of smart meters lead to farmers who produce real food, and wholesale buying clubs that distribute real food, experiencing complete power outages that undermine the safe storage of their harvests, disable their point-of-sale computer systems, and prevent access to computerized customer databases?  I hope not, but so far the USDA, the FDA, and various state agencies, have not been at all respectful of private property, or the fruits of labor, when raiding farms and private food-buying clubs, often at gun point (see above links and the following:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2jgpGyyQW8&feature=bf_prev&list=PL598BC2343201C3BD&lf=results_main ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioN0ehlyyXI&feature=BFa&list=PL598BC2343201C3BD&lf=results_main).

During farm or buying club raids, federal and state agencies have confiscated harvests and, in some cases, have even forced the farmers or club members to destroy their harvests themselves, with substances like chlorine bleach (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFygR_-wBsc).  In some instances, federal and state agencies have confiscated farm families’ personal food stores, depriving such families of years’ supplies of food.  Will there be a day when Big Brother decides it is much cheaper/easier to cut off a farm’s or food buying club’s power than it is to pay personnel to raid the establishment and confiscate or destroy its resources?  (See above links for first-hand accounts of raid victims.)

The fact that state and federal agencies are confiscating the personal computers of farmers, food buying clubs organizers, and their children, and not returning them (see above links and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdLxMKuxyr4), suggests that Big Brother may have an interest in keeping farmers from owning computers and/or using them to communicate.  Is the permanent seizure of personal computers meant to prevent victims of raids from telling their stories via electronic means?  If so, think of how much more effectively the disconnect switch inside the ZigBee chip of a smart meter could achieve this end.  A laptop computer battery only lasts so long.

Furthermore, utilizing a remote-activated disconnect switch inside a farm’s smart meter is certainly less likely to evoke bad publicity than is sending a power company vehicle to do the deed.  A utility worker climbing a pole is an overt act that could potentially be filmed and later subjected to public scrutiny; especially in the case that a farmer or food buying club has their harvest ruined by a sudden lack of refrigeration.  It seems that the only record of a power company employee remotely disconnecting an establishment’s electricity, using the disconnect switch in the etablishment’s smart meter, would be in the possession of the power company, and thus protected from the public’s view.

 

Grateful for My Recent Education

I am very grateful to Hugh for contacting me and sharing facts about smart meters that the power industry seems to be trying to keep hidden.  Hidden at least from a citizen like me, who has no background in electrical engineering or physics, and would have had no way of knowing the internet search terms needed to learn in depth about smart meter technology.  Please take the time to visit the websites for the anti-“smart” meter campaigns in which Hugh is involved:  http://StopSmartMeters.ca and http://StopSmartMetersBC.ca.  These sites are rich sources of information regarding smart meters.  They have detailed photos that assist in identification of various regular smart meters, collector smart meters (http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/?page_id=338), mesh network components (http://StopSmartMetersBC.ca), and the other devices used in various smart meter installations, including those used in the U.S.

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Links:

-To view the American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s statement of opposition regarding smart meters, visit:  http://aaemonline.org/images/CaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission.pdf

-To read current news regarding smart meter issues around the U.S., visit:  http://stopsmartmeters.org/

-If you live in Vermont and want to take action to educate the public regarding the dangers of smart meters, visit: http://wakeupoptout.org/

-To learn how you can help small farmers retain the right to produce real food, while protecting your right to consume real food, please visit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund: http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/about.html

-For more information regarding smart meters, including links to informative websites and films, please read my previous post:  http://www.non-toxicnurse.com/the-dangers-of-smart-meters-hit-home/

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Article Author:  Nicole R. Luczynski, RN, BSN, BA

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Starlene March 26, 2012 at 20:53

Nicole, this is overwhelming and feels really scary. Actually I didn’t read all the way through because it was making me feel stressed. Is there anything we can do? We live in a rural area but bang, right there not even 20 feet from my son’s bedrooms is the smart meter that has been there since we moved here. I posted on Facebook today though, to get the word out. Thanks for writing this, I will have my husband read it. He seems to thrive on learning about things like this where it makes me want to run screaming into the hills. :-/

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Starlene March 26, 2012 at 21:00

Also, on that disconnect switch you mention cold and dark… in Arizona we are dependent on our air conditioners to be able to make it through the summers. It’s a very horrible existence without some kind of cooling. Okay, I read a little bit more of the article but now I’m stopping. LOL.

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Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse March 26, 2012 at 21:49

Yes, it is overwhelming and scary! I have avoided reading too much into these types of things my whole life, but becoming a nurse and having a child has brought out a side of me that wants to know the whole truth . . . even when it is scary. In terms of what we can do . . . we can write to our state legislators and local-level government. There are plenty of references to the opinions of experts from various fields referenced in my article to back-up your statements of concern in your letter. I know that a senator from Vermont is working to make it law that Vermonters will always have the right to opt out of having a smart meter, and also always have the right to change their minds and have an already-installed smart meter removed. Some power companies, like CVPS in Vermont, have freely offered folks the ability to “opt out.” Before you take the time to write to your legislators, I would start by calling your power company and telling them that you want your smart meter replaced with an analog meter. See where it goes from there. My power company, Duke Energy, has tried to tell me that analog meters “will no longer work to measure electricity.” Ha! Obviously that is a lie. Analog meters are available on the internet and they are still completely capable of measuring kilowatt hours, as evidenced by the fact that most South Carolinians still have analog meters and Duke Energy is billing them just fine. I plan to get mine changed out one way or another, but am trying to work something amicable out with the power company. They have stated that if I have mine changed out my “service may be interrupted.” Most smart meters have a “tamper detector” function that tells the power company if you are messing with the meter. Some companies will shut off your power if you mess with the meter, because they assume you are trying to steal electricity. If you do consider changing your meter out yourself (with the help of an electrician), according to this organization http://www.freedomtaker.com/ , it is important to record all of the numbers that cycle on the smart meter display, and ask to be billed based on those numbers when you deliver their smart meter to them, so they will know you are not trying to steal electricity. Even if I get my smart meter changed out, unfortunately, it will not change the fact that my neighbor’s is located about 30 feet beyond my bedroom wall:-( At least my cumulative dose of RFR will be decreased. I have read that there are barrier paints and fabrics on the market that can help shield your living quarters from signals from your neighbors’ Wi-Fi, DECT phones, and smart meters, and/or close-by cell towers, but I do not know much about them yet. That is so true about air conditioning! I guess I always refer to “cold” being that I am from Vermont, but I have spent the past seven years in a warm climate and agree that life without air conditioning would be pretty miserable!

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John Doe March 31, 2012 at 20:28

All part of the NWO’s world depopulation strategy. Their “human farm” is getting out of hand…

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DOCTORS W.A.R.N. April 1, 2012 at 02:34

We are ninety-plus medical doctors, nurses, and health professionals in Santa Fe, NM who have learned of the dangers being imposed by involuntary exposures to microwave radiation via everything from baby monitors, chips in infant pajamas, to WiFi in our children’s schools, cell phones raising the brain tumor rates 500%, to cell towers placed near our homes, our schools, and our places of employment–which result in 4 to 10 times higher death rates from cancers. One study in Brazil, by Phd Engineer Condeza Dode, found the death rate from cancers in a ten year period of those living within 1500 feet of cell towers made up 80 % of the cancer deaths in a city–4924 people, dead. Smart Meters are part of this Grid. We wish you well in rising to meet this challenge and protecting your families.

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Stop Smart Meters April 1, 2012 at 08:02

Heard a report last week that one in 80 children are now diagnosed with autism! Started researching if this brain disorder might have something to do with being bombarded with all of these RF and microwave radiation. Surprise ! The answer is yes….there are many studies occuring which directly link the two. When I was young, I never heard of autism … but now 1 in 80 ??? People must become much more active in fighting this takeover by our government.

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Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse April 1, 2012 at 15:16

John Doe: I hope you are wrong, but the future does seem to be looking more and more like Orwell had warned.

Doctors W.A.R.N.: Thanks so much for commenting and leaving me a link to your website! You have some wonderful resources on your page that I cannot wait to explore! Your geographic region is lucky indeed to have an organization such as yours fighting for health! I plan to update my original smart meter post to contain information about your site.

Readers: Check out http://www.whyfry.org, for research, news, videos, and more, regarding cell phones, smart meters, and EMF in general.

Stop Smart Meters: I heard that same report on NPR regarding 1 in 80 children in the U.S. having an autism spectrum disorder. The report also said that the increase in autism did not seem to be simply a result of better recognition by modern-day parents and doctors. Based on the documented adverse effects of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on the functioning of the neurological system and the immune system, I have no doubt that RFR could be playing a role in the complex condition we know as autism (which has both neurological and immunological components). While I am not aware of any research that can show autism is “caused” by RFR, I, like you, have seen research that found children with autism were adversely affected by exposure to RFR, in terms of mood changes, increased hyperactivity, and increased self-stimulatory behaviors. I absolutely agree with you that we need to resist government and industry mandates that attempt to expose our families to RFR. I also think parents need to take the initiative to clear RFR out of their homes as much as possible, since studies show that children are especially susceptible to suffering the adverse effects of RFR (due to the fact that they are growing, their skulls are thinner than adults’ skulls, and their brains and bones have higher water contents). Thanks for bringing up the studies that suggest children with autism are adversely affected by RFR!

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Manuel Erickson April 9, 2012 at 21:58

So far, my wife and I have successfully managed to keep our analogue meter, which is locked down with three hardened padlocks. We think we are the only house in our immediate neighbourhood to retain the analogue meter. We don’t expect any threats from BC Hydro until the end of this year when the installation program is complete. We shall resist, of course, but we wonder if BC Hydro will cut off our power as punishment for our defiance. Is there any possibility of suing BC Hydro (or the provincial government) as a class action? We would otherwise have to hire our own lawyer, and a court case will last a long time and bankrupt us.

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Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse April 9, 2012 at 23:33

Hi Manuel, I am glad to hear that you and your wife have been able to keep your property safe from smart meters thus far! I hope BC Hydro will leave you alone. That is a good question about the potential for class action suits against utility companies. I had been wondering about it myself–being that I have a most unwelcome smart meter attached to my home as I type this. I am unsure as to the differences between the Canadian and U.S. legal systems. In terms of what can be done in the U.S., I strongly urge folks to contact their legislators and ask them to protect citizens’ freedoms by ensuring that folks can opt out of having a smart meter. I do know that here in the U.S. there is a senator from Vermont, Robert Hartwell, who has proposed a bill that would protect Vermonters’ ability to opt out of smart meters in the long term. Hopefully, there are local-level lawmakers that Canadians can petition to draft such legislation?

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Ninder April 14, 2012 at 20:22

“DO NOT REPLACE METER. We refuse the smart meter due to ehtlah and privacy issues.” Also inside are several sheets explaining what makes smart meters so dangerous, and numbers and websites that will help people either avoid getting a smart meter, or what to do if they already have one. We handed out around 40, and probably already have that many more people around here refusing a meter (I think and hope I’m seriously underestimating that number, since we’ve had a letter to the editor and an article based on a previous visit to another local city).Keep up the good work, everyone. We are, slowly but surely, going to save as many people as possible from the smart meter debacle. They’re so bad that I think, eventually, every single one of them is going to have to be removed. And we’re going to speed up that process considerably!Posted onbyAccording to the incident report from the Santa Rosa Fire Department on April 7, firefighters found the electrical room at the Santa Rosa Mall “charged with smoke” and “upon investigation found 3 PG&E meters that had blown off the electrical panel causing damage to the interior wiring of the electrical panel. A fire was still smoldering..”The cause of the fire is listed as equipment failure and arcing coming from the switchgear area, and transformer vault.According to a, Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Jack Piccinini described the scene as a “meltdown”.EMF Safety Network has been informed that the electrical room was filled with Smart Meters, which have been reported to explode and catch fire in other areas, including Bakersfield, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oregon, Virginia, Texas, Canada and New Zealand. Inspectors in Maine and Australia found thousands of homes were at risk for electrical hazards from Smart Meter installations.PG&E has admitted Smart Meters have interfered with GFCI and AFCI’s, which are electrical devices designed to protect against fires and shocks.“Smart Meters are dangerous and PG&E and the CPUC should act now to stop the installation” states Sandi Maurer, EMF Safety Network.More info:

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