RF Exposure


Amateur Radio is basically a safe activity. In recent years, however, there has been considerable discussion and concern about the possible hazards of electromagnetic radiation, including both RF energy and power-frequency (50-60 Hz) electromagnetic fields.

In 1996, the FCC announced new rules governing exposure to transmitted radio frequency signals. The new rules set new limits on the amount of RF energy people can be exposed to. They also require that some stations be evaluated to see if they are in compliance with the rules.


FCC RF Exposure Resources

Web Links

  • RF Safety Information
    RF Safety is a big concern in the Wireless / Electronics Industry. This page is intended to help you understand the basic theory of RF Safety, check your designs for RF Safety, analyze and determine trade-offs for different RF Safety levels, and review existing standards and guidelines
  • The ARRL Handbook's RF safety coverage as an PDF
  • RF Safety Calculator
  • American Cancer Society web page on Cellular Phones and RF Safety