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 Post subject: Exposure Safety Assessment of GSM base station antennas
Posted: Sun May 09, 2010 6:46 am 
 
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Hi, does anyone know how to carry out an RF survey for an exposure assessment. It's my final year project and i'm kinda lost on how to do it.


 
   
 
 Post subject: Re: Exposure Safety Assessment of GSM base station antennas
Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:17 am 
 
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Hi
There are several approaches to this, depending on your location and your project budget.
There are possibilities to short-term hire either a bespoke EMI/EMR radiation monitor test set, which often comes complete with a useful treatise on the technology to guide you thru the measurements, or a more Do It Yourself approach is to obtain or hire a battery-portable spectrum analyzer covering the GSM frequency range (800 to 1900MHz), then make your own brodband antenna. The latter usually takes the form of a log-periodic yagi antenna. Standard reference text books cover the inter-conversion of different electromagnetic field strength quantities such as dBm, microvolts per square carrot etc.
Measurements are made at fixed intervals, a typical starting point being either 3 or 10 meters from the antenna being studied.
There are international standards for the safety limits published by the International Telecom Union (ITU-R), the IEC and others, as well as government legal limits. These usually define the technical terms and show diagrams of what is involved. A web search will reveal all these for you.
I may have some refernces myself, but I am away from base for a while at present.

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 Post subject: Re: Exposure Safety Assessment of GSM base station antennas
Posted: Tue May 11, 2010 2:33 pm 
 
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Greetings mideall:

Ham radio control operators are required to conduct radiation exposure surveys under some station conditions, so there is a plethora of information in layman's language on how to carry out evaluations on the ARRL website.

http://www.arrl.org/rf-exposure

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