Originally Posted by Claire
I love it, you're so cute. In case anyone is really that naive, I lived right under one of those Dew Line radars for 3 years. I now glow in the dark! Seriously, no one I know had any medical problems. And I mean literally right under it! My kitties did fine, too.
That's because, my dear freind, you weren't in the direct path of the transmitted radiation. the microwave beam transmitted by the radar is thin and directional. I've worked around Omani-directional antennae that had to be turned off due to radiation danger, and they transmitted a fraction of the energy pushed out from those gargantuan radars that the airforce had running.
In the early days of radar gun use by police, several officers were made sterile because the transmitter (the radar gun) wasn't turned off before being set down in the squad car. The microwave energy damaged the men permanently.
Think of it this way. My microwave unit produces 1500 watts of microwave energy. It will blow up an egg in less than a minute. Those big radars produced mega-watts of microwave energy, enough to blow up many, many, many eggs, instantaneously. Electronics techs who worked around radar, radio, and waveguides had to be very careful to make sure the units were turned off before working on them.
Oh, and if I remember correctly, the strength of the signal decreases directly by the square of the distance. Close up, those big transmitters were deadly. But that power dissipated quickly with distance. That's why they had those gargantuan parabolic dishes, to capture as much reflected energy as possible.
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