[ RadSafe ] Non ionizing radiation: VHF repeaters

Emer, Dudley EMERDF at nv.doe.gov
Wed Jul 3 14:03:49 CDT 2013

It depends on where you're at - in a controlled or uncontrolled environment and the proximity to the RF source.  Although exposure limits are based on the field strength of the E and H field guidelines for keeping a safe distance have been established based on frequency, power and antenna gain for controlled and uncontrolled exposures to make compliance easier.
For the US exposure limits see:
A typical VHF ham repeater is usually 50 watts and would use a 3-6 db gain antenna which would be roof mounted (uncontrolled).  
It would be unusual for a ham repeater to be of concern with regard to EMF exposure unless you sat next to the antenna.

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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Colette Tremblay
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:11 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Non ionizing radiation: VHF repeaters

Hi, can a VHF repeater (146 MHz, used by an amateur radio club) be of any concern regarding EMF exposure? Thank you.

Colette Tremblay,
Radiation Safety Officer
Service de sécurité et de prévention
2325, rue de la Vie-Étudiante, local 1533 Pavillon Ernest-Lemieux - Université Laval Québec (Québec)  G1V 0B1
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