To the Editor: Rebuts O’Neil letter

On May 22 a letter stating support for 5G cell technology written by Scott O’Neil on behalf of the IWV EDC (that he is paid to run) was printed. As that letter had numerous ambiguities, incorrect assumptions or misleading statements of fact I would like to address them. This technology is not to be lightly taken, and therefore should be factually addressed.

First, his statement “This past week I asked six local experts for their thoughts on the 5G technology” and then goes on to say his letter reflects their thoughts. Who exactly are these “experts?” If they are simply anyone knowing more about RF technology than Scott, those wouldn’t be hard to find. If we are to think they have actual expertise in RF and/or biological science, we need names for verification. I presented detailed information to the City Council on May 6 (and May 20) highlighting the very real potential health dangers of 5G, along with my background of 33 years in microwave and antenna design science. Scott didn’t ask me one word on this subject. Who exactly did he consult?

Let us now look at factual errors in this letter. Take this: “Suburban areas and rural areas will need mostly mid- and low-band capabilities” — Simply not true, as the high-speed capability relies on the characteristics of the high band (25 GHz and higher). No high-speed, no market.

How about — “Equipment and installations designed appropriately by competent engineers do not violate these limits (radiated power limits).” This one is half true. It is a fact stated by a lawyer who has fought thousands of cell tower cases that cell phone base stations routinely are found to exceed FCC limits by six to seven times when independently tested (from training seminar publication “Local Government Regulation of Wireless Facilities,” by Andrew Campanelli of Merrick NY). You decide if this is a half truth, or a half lie.

Next th — “the high band 5G application is new; but it, like the other bands, is used in very low-power modes.” That simply cannot be true. The high band 5G will not provide high data rates if it does not have a very high radiated power being beamed at each and every user, along with the other new capabilities it will have.

Next in the list of inaccuracies — “High-frequency waves are blocked at the outer layer of the body by the high water content of the skin. The experts I talked to unanimously agree that the health risk of 5G is no worse than that of 4G/LTE.” Now we really need to know who these “experts” are, since this statement is so inaccurate as to be suspect of outright untruth. The skin does not “block” anything. Some of the radiation is absorbed there, but the radiated power levels are so high that that considerable power will penetrate into the body cavity, where its wavelength there will be so small as to present the danger of actually resonating individual cells, along with causing a voltage induced problem that causes excess calcium transport into cells — something you don’t want.

Now let us look at three more statements designed to seduce the money hungry and technology worshippers among us to cry out for 5G.

“5G has huge economic upsides with improvements in performance over 4G/LTE”

“Denying access to 5G locally will only serve to hurt Ridgecrest”

“Ridgecrest without 5G will have a deleterious effect on the tech-savvy demographic of our community. It would be akin to denying broad-band internet access and relying on dial-up access.”

5G will make the downloaders have tears of joy, but very, very few industries will actually have need of it. In Ridgecrest, maybe the hospital, but they already have access to the high-speed internet trunk, with sufficient capability. This ambiguous internet of things is a techie’s pipe dream, but hardly necessary to our current high tech lifestyles, and certainly not something to produce great economic benefit.

Saying that not having 5G is like relying on dial-up access is simply hyperbole to the max. Not true in the least. Just because Scott O’Neil says it doesn’t make it so.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about 5G blasting you with high powered millimeter wave energy 24 hours a day. Some of us are trying to get the City Council to act responsibly and use tried and successful means of regulating any 5G cell service installed in Ridgecrest to be within current lawful limits, instead of far beyond them and endangering you, your children and your grandchildren’s health.

You need to press them to listen, instead of calling forth their backup forces to try and smooth over the issue and placate the public with inaccurate and/or untrue statements. That is unfortunately what Mr. O’Neil’s letter mostly is.

Research this for yourself, there is all the information you need available via your favorite search engine. Then think for yourself. Proclaimed experts may not be all they want you to think.

Mike Neel

Story First Published: 2020-05-29