About RF CHECK
What Drives the Need for RF CHECK
Personal and business wireless communications have dramatically increased over the last few decades. For example in 1985 there were approximately 200,000 cell phones users. If you were one of those lucky individuals, you paid a dollar a minute for airtime. Your cell phone was nicknamed the “brick”, weighed two pounds, provided less than an hour of talk time, and sold for thousands of dollars. Coverage was spotty and mainly limited to freeway corridors in major metropolitan areas. Wireless business applications were non-existent.
Times have changed. Today, over 343,000,000 subscribers are connected by commercial wireless devices for communications and the demand for expanded services continues to grow. An ever increasing number of consumers who consider wireless to be their primary means of communication, now expect fewer dropped calls, greater and faster access to data and video services, and near-perfect reliability.
State and local communication networks are also expanding as the public demands greater effectiveness in emergency situations and governmental efficiency. Virtually all government employees and their vehicles are connected wirelessly. Wireless communications are an integral part of quick response services demanded by the public, such as emergency medical services, fire fighters and police.
All of the commercial and government services demanded by the public are made possible by the hundreds of thousands of transmitting antennas mounted on buildings, towers, and other structures throughout the United States. Each of these antennas creates a radiofrequency (RF) radiation hazard area which varies greatly in size and shape depending on antenna design and transmitting characteristics.
The proliferation of wireless antennas has created a significant health hazard for workers across the United States and is the cause of today's national worker RF safety crisis. All too often members of the public (typically painters, roofers, and other maintenance workers) are unknowingly exposed to RF hazards, thereby being subjected to potential harm from excessive RF radiation. Consequently, their employers, FCC licensees (commercial or governmental), property owners, utility companies, local governments, insurance companies, school districts, and universities are subject to significant financial liability. This problem grows exponentially with the rising number of antenna sites that are expected to double within the next several years, and is exacerbated by the use of stealth and co-located antennas.