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About Me and EHS Index
Introduction
and Awareness.
Real or imagined

About me, part 1
About me, part 2
Searching for EM Smog in Rural Outdoors
Meter Evaluation
Features to Look For
Specifications
Emissions
More Meters Evaluation in Urban
part 3 Indoor Equipment Evaluation

part 4 Health Links

part 7 Spectrum analysis graphs

part 8 Measuring cellular and smartphones
part 5
Aaronia Spectran graphs
Spectran version 4 evaluation
RF Explorer evaluation and graphs

part 6 Newer spectrum graphs with RFE part 2

Frequency
Usage Legend
       Mobile phones and towers (PCS, GSM)
  Mobile phones (UMTS)
  Portable phones (DECT,CT1,CT1+,CT2)
  Business mobile communications (VHF)
  Broadcast and TV broadcast (also digital)
  WLan, WiFi, WiMAX
  Point-to-point
  Radar
  GPS satellites
  radio location beacons, VHF collars

Exposure limits and
conversion tables

dBW Graph Color Legend


This page started in 2006, and now after 10 years, I am archiving the early results and lengthy learning curve. This front page is now condensed to a summary, showing the best results, and technique to use spectrum analysis to your advantage.

All of my early graphs are stationary. Each test took 20 minutes, so were a snapshot of a location. Now that the technology and methods have improved, taking measurements when driving around, with the antenna outside the vehicle, can now show just how strong the cellular towers are in towns and cities. Or how little EMR there is in rural areas. Especially where there is no cel signal. These dead zones are becoming few and far between as the telecommunications industry pushes to "blanket the entire country in microwaves."

The following set of graphs show: the frequency ruler across the top, often with color coding for what use these bands are designated for. And along the left side is the location the sweep is at. Symbols such as local roads, key intersections, primary roads and highway, have different colors and symbols.
Getting the spectrum sweep synchronized with the geo-coding or location is done with a dash camera, and takes a bit of time to stitch together, or get synchronized. Once that is done, any unidentified signals of interest can be pinpointed to where they were measured.

Here's a look at just the GSM bands: since the majority of electro-magnetic-pollution, outside the home, comes from this source.
2016.Jan.26 - Scanning from 698 to 894 MHz, at 4 locations in downtown Republic, then driving to home.
Republic and traveling Hwy 21
E4000 RTL SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Jan.26 09:53 - 11:25
Republic, WA

Click to enlarge to 4560x506 to see all the detail.
There is enough resolution to pick out individual cel-phones transmitting (that's in the bands color coded orange on the top ruler. Cyan (light blue) shades are downlink bands.) This span takes 11 seconds to sweep across each line.
Stationary locations in town are in medium blue.
H = Hospital south parking lot
C = Clinic at 6th and Keller
E = Hardware at Clark and Delaware
A = Andersons Grocery parking lot west side
F = Courthouse at the top of Delaware Ave
in transit around town, secondary roads = dark blue
Highway 20 east, then Highway 21 north = grey road (Primary Highway shows white fog lines and orange center line)
L = Lambert Creek road, stationary = green background
gravel Rd = solid grey
home pad = dark green

3G and 4G are in the 710 and 750 MHz bands, while 2G is above 850 MHz.
The first 10 minutes show stronger readings, while the readings stabilize as the device heats up. I recommend letting it warm up before starting to travel, so that accurate comparisons can be made later. Also a good time to top off the battery.
The wavy pattern is an unfortunate side effect of the cheap hardware. Just get used to it.
There are five spurs or birdies (above) on the E4000. These are solid lines of higher strength. Since they occur in a regular pattern or spacing, we will assume they are harmonics of the RTL-SDR itself. Comparing later with the R820T2 confirms it, as it only has spurs below 300 MHz.

Next I put aside the E4000 and try the R820T2 for a longer road trip:
Colville
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 11:34 - 11:40
downtown Colville, WA

Colville
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 11:40 - 11:45
around Colville, WA

Colville S1
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 11:45 - 11:52
west end of Colville, WA

Kettle Falls
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 12:55 - 13:00
Hwy395 from Kettle Falls to Barneys Junction

Hwy 20
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 13:00 - 13:18
Hwy20 from Kettle Falls to Sherman Pass

Sherman Pass
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 13:18 - 13:34
westbound over Sherman Pass

Hwy 20
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 13:34 - 13:48
Hwy20 from Sherman Pass to Republic, WA

Republic C
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 13:48 - 14:05
downtown Republic, WA

Republic A
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 14:05 - 14:19
downtown Republic, WA

Republic F
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 14:19 - 14:26
around Republic, WA

Republic H
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 14:26 - 14:48
parked at Hospital, Republic, WA

Klondike
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 14:48 - 14:57
Klondike Rd to Herron Crk to Hwy 21

Hwy 21
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 14:57 - 15:03
Hwy 21 northbound

Lambert Crk
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph of GSM
2016.Apr.06 15:03 - 15:11
Lambert Creek Rd to home, Republic, WA
Hover for details, and click to enlarge to 4560x941 to see all the detail.
2 locations in Colville. Skip to Kettle Falls. Record from Kettle Falls west on Hwy 20 over Sherman Pass (solid center line) into Republic. Park at 4 locations, then travel home via Klondike to Hwy 21 to Lambert Crk.
Now it is clear how much stronger the microwaves are in town, and just how much reaches the 2 dozen miles to the top of the tallest pass in Washington state. I can also now see clearly which cellular whine is reaching into the Lambert valley. Or to be more specific, this confirms what I have previously measured from Franson Peak in Curlew.
Regarding the strong narrow signals at 853 and 854 MHz, while it at first looked like a spur or birdie, after driving around it is now clear it is a real signal, something coming from the cellular towers.
Since the 3 new towers around Curlew Lake are still under construction, and not yet lit up, this will provide a point of comparison once they are on. I expect my home will no longer provide refuge after that point in time.

When scanning as much of spectrum as possible, the full width of the RTL-SDR capabilities are not as great as the Spectran or the RF Explorer, but being able to do the full width from a script on automatic, outweighs the limitations.
The first easy mistake is to have the antenna near the laptop doing the recording. It makes noise. The power supply also makes noise (from <24 to 225 MHz), so recordings are best taken on battery power. Recharge when stationary and not sweeping below 225 MHz.
I started out with the E4000 with the span of 55 - 2300 MHz. Only when I started recording with the NooElec R820T2SDR (24 - 1750 MHz), did I see the difference in quality. The E4000 just does not pick out weak signals as well. More trade offs, as usual...

Let's look at what else is happening, outside the cellular bands:
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.06 12:00 - 12:41
Colville stationary, then to Kettle Falls, WA
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.06 15:11 - 15:25
stationary at home, Republic, WA
Click to enlarge to 20,371x107 to see all the detail. 40 seconds per line and TWENTY THOUSAND columns wide is perhaps bandwidth too narrow, but the details to pick out are awesome! FM radio, police and fire in the public service band 150MHz, business communications 450MHz, this RTL-SDR has emissions at 480MHz, LTE, GSM, What's this starting at 1610MHz? MSS is active! This is a new discovery.

Next a loop into Republic:
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:01 - 09:05
home pad
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:05 - 09:10
West on Lambert Creek Rd to Hwy 21
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:10 - 09:16
South on Hwy21 from Lambert Creek to Herron Creek Rd
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:16 - 09:25
West on West Herron Creek Rd and South on Klondike Rd to Hosp.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:25 - 09:27
Hosp. to Chiro.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:28 - 09:41
parked Chiro at Keller and 6th.St.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:41 - 09:46
Chiro. to Library to Hosp.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:46 - 09:58
parked Hosp.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 09:59 - 10:01
Hosp. to 6th St.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:01 - 10:15
parked 6th St.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:15 - 10:16
6th St. to Andersons Grocery
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:17 - 10:26
parked A.G.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:26 - 10:31
East on Hwy 20 from downtown Republic to Pine Grove Junction
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:31 - 10:42
North on Hwy 21 from Hwy 20 to Lambert Creek Rd
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:42 - 10:48
East on Lambert Creek Rd to home
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:48 - 10:49
home pad, charger on
I got a really clean waterfall graph this time. The new strategy using 2 RTL-SDR at one time worked beautifully. This cut down the time per sweep to 20 seconds.
At 100.5 MHz is the local low power FM station with a small footprint. From 325-500 MHz seems to be an anomoly from the laptop (I'm still guessing on this one...). The Republic cel-towers come into view, operating in the 2G and 3G-4G bands, 725-900 MHz. MSS is again visible in Republic, and again at home as something yet unidentified comes near.
Click to enlarge, and short infrequent transmissions become visible. Public service at 153 MHz. Around 485 MHz is really a mystery. I've been leaning toward it being the dongle, or the laptop. But now that the new TCO 2Plus RTL-SDR also picks it up, I can cross off one of the possible reasons. It went away when I was on the bumpy gravel road, and reappeared when I entered the paved highway, out in the open. The abrupt off and on still suggests interference of some kind, or a loose connection, so I'm not ready to make a conclusion yet.
Some activity in the new 4G band, devices sending up search requests but getting no answer. The loudest 2G towers from 850-894 MHz show where they have good reception. MSS from 1600-1740 MHz is really interesting.

Next a loop to the north and west:
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 14:05 - 14:26
stationary at home, charger off-on mostly then off
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 14:26 - 14:32
west on Lambert Crk to Hwy 21
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 14:32 - 14:44
northbound Hwy 21 to Curlew
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 14:44 - 14:56
westbound Kettle River Rd from Curlew to mp 9
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 14:56 - 15:28
Toroda Crk Rd from Midway bridge to Wauconda
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 15:34 - 15:43
westbound Hwy 20 from Bonaparte Lk Rd to Wauconda Summit
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 15:43 - 15:58
westbound Hwy 20 from Wauconda Pass to Republic
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 15:58 - 16:03
through Republic east to Pine Grove Junction
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 16:03 - 16:15
northbound Hwy 21 from Hwy 20 to Lambert Crk Rd
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.08 16:15 - 16:25
Lambert Crk to home
This waterfall graph seems to show a lot of noise or interference from somewhere. If nothing else, this demonstrates possible pitfalls when taking measurements, like not knowing right away why these results happened.
The MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) above 1610 MHz is really interesting. It's not there until I travel west of Curlew, near the Canadian border, then disappears after Wauconda. wierd. VERY active in towns and cities though. Maybe something related to Border Patrol drones or other mil aircraft... thinking out loud... This is the band designated for Iridium, and not satellite internet, but being out in the most rural parts where DSL is not available, there might be an explanation here somewhere. I might conclude it got affected by high temperatures, but then I would also have to explain why the measurements dropped off in specific places, and increased going through town. So I'm going to have to repeat this, aren't I? ....

I'm not entirely sure why the dongle's emissions around 480 MHz come and go. I know this dongle emits noise at 480 MHz, but why go up and down? Maybe there is a TV station 16 in Midway, BC. More likely my laptop is responsible for the increased noise here, but again why does it go up and down?
I am not happy with the DC power charger for the laptop, it's wide emissions around 75 MHz are really disappointing.

Next a loop to the east to Colville via Curlew first, and back by way of Republic:
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:01 - 08:07
Stationary at home, charger on until depart.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:07 - 08:12
west on Lambert Crk to Hwy 21
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:13 - 08:24
Northbound Hwy 21 to Curlew
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:24 - 08:39
Eastbound Boulder-Deer Creek to summit
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:39 - 08:53
Eastbound Boulder-Deer Creek from summit to Hwy 395
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:54 - 08:59
Southbound Hwy 395 from Boulder-Deer Creek Rd to Barstow
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 08:59 - 09:11
Southbound Hwy 395 from Barstow to Hwy 20 Barney's Junction
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:11 - 09:16
Eastbound Hwy 395/20 from Barney's Juction to Kettle Falls
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:16 - 09:24
Eastbound Hwy 395/20 from Kettle Falls to Colville city limits
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:25 - 09:30
parked at HCU, Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:30 - 09:35
around Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:35 - 09:40
parked in downtown Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:41 - 09:43
around Colville
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:43 - 09:50
parked at Country Store, Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:50 - 09:52
around Colville
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 09:53 - 10:11
parked at Walmart, Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 10:12 - 10:45
1 min. to next stop, parked at Super One, Colville, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 10:45 - 10:55
Westbound Hwy 395/20 from Colville to Kettle Falls
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 10:55 - 11:00
Westbound Hwy 395/20 from Kettle Falls to Barney's Junction
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:00 - 11:18
Westbound Hwy 20 from Barney's Junction to Sherman Pass
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:18 - 11:26
Westbound over Sherman Pass
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:26 - 11:30
Sherman Pass
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:31 - 11:39
Westbound over Sherman Pass
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:40 - 11:53
Westbound Hwy 20 from Sherman Pass to Republic, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:53 - 11:55
around downtown Republic, WA
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 11:55 - 12:03
parked downtown Republic
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:04 - 12:06
around Republic
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:06 - 12:14
parked at Republic Hospital
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:14 - 12:19
Northbound on Klondike to peak/pass
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:19 - 12:22
Northbound on Klondike in Curlew valley to Hwy 21
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:22 - 12:28
Northbound on Hwy 21 to Lambert Creek Rd
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:29 - 12:34
Eastbound on Lambert Creek
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.May.09 12:34 - 12:43
parked at home on pad
Click to enlarge. Long journey over both passes, over 4 hours of recording at high resolution.

2016.Sep Then finally (not a good thing) I was required to travel to Spokane. Finally (now a good thing) I get to record the long trip to the big city and see the big picture.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 08:02 - 08:19
Eastbound on Hwy 20 to Kettle Falls.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 08:19 - 08:31
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Kettle Falls to Colville.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 08:31 - 08:46
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Colville to Addy.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 08:46 - 08:56
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Addy to Chewelah.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 08:56 - 09:04
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Chewelah to Hwy230 junction.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 09:04 - 09:17
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Valley to Deer Park junctions.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 09:17 - 09:41
Southbound on Hwy 395 from Deer Park to North Spokane Corridor/Division exit.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 09:41 - 10:03
Southbound on Corridor, Market, Westbound on Trent.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 11:52 - 11:56
West and North from Trent to I-90 onramp.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 11:56 - 12:00
Westbound on I-90 to Hwy 2.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 12:00 - 12:11
Westbound on Hwy 2 to Airway Heights.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 12:11 - 12:27
Westbound on Hwy 2 to Reardan.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 12:27 - 12:41
Westbound on Hwy 2 to Davenport.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 12:41 - 13:02
Westbound on Hwy 2 to Creston.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 13:02 - 13:12
Westbound on Hwy 2 to Wilbur, Hwy 21 junction.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 13:12 - 13:21
Northbound on Hwy 21 to mp100 turnoff.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 13:21 - 13:37
Northbound on Hwy 21 to Ferry crossing.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 13:37 - 13:56
Ferry crossing.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 13:56 - 14:11
Northbound on Hwy 21 to Keller.
R820T2+ & T2 SDR spectrum graph 24-1750 MHz
2016.Sep.28 14:11 - 15:02
Northbound on Hwy 21 from Keller to Republic.
Click to enlarge. This starts out from Kettle Falls, south through Colville into Spokane, and then out the west side via Wilbur, across the ferry and north on Hwy21, where I finally get some peace, up into Republic. 6 hours of recording at high resolution, separated into 3 blocks, before Spokane, between Spokane and the ferry, and from the ferry to Republic.

Subsequent tests for the MSS band:
R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 1600-1750 MHz
2016.Apr.11 16:12 - 16:34
Stationary outside on the home pad.

It comes and goes. Here one hour, gone the next. It almost looks like a doppler shift, or an intentionally roving frequency. But then the real question, from what?
2016.May Got another dongle, this time with TCO precision. Still there occasionally.
It is clearly always there when in town, so even if there is something wrong with my equipment causing elevated readings, there is definitely something going on in this band.
Then see below 1/2 page down that it does not show up on the RF-Explorer. So now what shall I believe... Every other measurement across the spectrum is consistent across meters, and are identifiable. Some day I'll get a breakthrough.
R820T2+ & R820T2 SDR spectrum graph 1600-1750 MHz
2016.May.04 10:12 - 10:13
Stationary on 6th St. in Republic.

Side by side test lasting 1 minute 40 seconds, the top antenna outside the cab was stronger reception, no surprise there, but the differences between the two are not entirely as expected. From this we can now say the signal is stronger outside, and really present, so that both antennas picked it up.


Next is testing the RF-Explorer with improved software, this is in Republic:
RF-Explorer spectrum graph of 0015-2700 MHz
2016.Apr.20 09:52 - 10:44 at 3 locations in Republic, WA.

Since I can only record one range setting when moving, this day favors the most active range, 0300-0900 MHz. 1.6 seconds per line allows for good vertical resolution, but only 112 pixels wide. Time constraints kept me from getting a full pass at location A.
I already have recordings of Republic from the RTL-SDR, but only between 0698-0894 MHz. Compare the above to Apr.06 and Apr.08. "Next week's" follow up is now up above as May.04, where I repeated the same driving route with the RTL-SDR to get a close comparison.


There is a lot going on across the spectrum, and this is the way to discover what that is. Test, measure, repeat, identify.
Only by doing this testing can WE learn what is going on in the invisible spectrum, and by learning this, we can take steps to turn things off or only turn things on when they will not cause problems. Problems can include RFI during measuring, as well as biological effects, see my other EMR pages for that!
Just taking snapshots at single locations does not reveal the differences down the road. It is the differences in locations that tell the story we are interested in.

Now when a sudden headache comes upon me or my brother, my list of things to immediately check has a new entry:
1. Solar storm? 2. Neighbor WiFi? 3. Neighbor Cell phone?
now adding 4. MSS
cue the music for Perry Mason. Some people like mysteries to solve. For me this is more of an annoyance.
It's bad enough when the military training jets buzz the area. At least they are not overhead very long...

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