RF, or radio frequency weapons, also known as directed-energy weapons, use electromagnetic energy on specific frequencies to disable electronic systems. The principle is similar to that of high-power microwave (HPM) weapons, only HPM systems tend to be much more sophisticated, and are thus, more likely to be in the control of superpowers or near-superpowers. RF weapons, by contrast, are simple and low-voltage enough that they could be deployed by smaller, less technologically enhanced forces.
The range of frequencies for waves in the electromagnetic spectrum is from approximately 102 Hz to more than 1025 Hz —in other words, from about 100 cycles per second to about 10 trillion trillion.
From the lowest frequencies to about 1010 Hertz is the range of long-wave radio, shortwave radio, and microwaves. These carry broadcast radio, television, mobile phone communications, radar, and even highly specific forms of transmission such as those of baby monitors or garage-door openers.
Because of regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AM or amplitude modulation broadcasts take place across a frequency range from 535 kHz (kilohertz, or 1,000 Hertz) to 1.7 MHz (megahertz, or 1,000,000 Hertz). The FCC has assigned the range of 5.9 to 26.1 MHz to shortwave radio, and 26.96 to 27.41 MHz to citizens’ band (CB) radio. Above these are microwave regions assigned to very high frequency (VHF) television stations 2 through 6, then FM (frequency modulation) radio, which occupies the range from 88 to 108 MHz. Higher still are VHF channels 7 to 13, ultra-high frequency (UHF) television broadcasts, and so on. At the highest microwave ranges—around 1010 Hz—are transmissions from spacecraft.
FCC regulation is necessary to maintain security, privacy, and safety on the airwaves. If a broadcaster or receiver strays outside of its assigned range, it can intercept private communications, or potentially disrupt highly sensitive transmissions. Among the most sensitive from a safety perspective, are the communications between an aircraft cockpit and the control tower, which could result in serious consequences if disrupted even for a few seconds.
High-power microwave weaponry is of such voltage and intensity that it can actually shut off the computer systems of an aircraft long enough that a pilot could conceivably be unable to right the craft, causing a crash.
With an RF weapon, the intensity of the signal is smaller, but if properly directed, it could potentially disrupt aircraft communication systems long enough to bring down the craft. It could cause the computers to reset, or disrupt safety sensors, navigation systems, data recorders, or control systems. Enough errors in these sensitive flight components, particularly in the highly computerized aircraft of today, might be enough to force a plane out of the sky.
Concerns over RF interference dictate the prohibition against cell phone, radio, or even laptop computer operation aboard a plane from the time of preparation for takeoff until after it lands. Such relatively weak and innocuous systems could interfere with vital flight communications; one can easily imagine the harm that could be done by terrorists operating a directed and more powerful system with malicious intent. Adding to the dangers of RF weaponry is the fact that it could potentially be operated
from the ground, allowing the terrorist to attack and seek cover in the process, and rendering the sacrifice of the terrorist’s life unnecessary. Furthermore, RF weaponry,
like most means of electromagnetic warfare, is “clean,” meaning that, unlike ordinary ballistic weaponry, it is almost untraceable.
RF WEAPONS IN USE
In the 1950s, Russian doctors conducted extensive clinical exams of thousands of workers who had been exposed to microwaves during the development of radar. Having disclosed serious health problems, these studies weren't swept under the rug. Instead, the USSR set limits of 10 microwatts for workers and military personnel, and 1 microwatt for others. Both levels are strictly enforced. When this first became known in the West in the early 1960s, instead of checking their assumptions many American scientists and administrators chose to believe this was Russian propaganda and not valid at all.
By 1971, when they presented their work at a momentous conference in Warsaw, Zinaida V. Gordon and Maria N. Sadchikova of the USSR Institute of Labor Hygiene and Occupational Diseases had identified a comprehensive series of symptoms, which they called microwave sickness. Its first signs are low blood pressure and slow pulse. The later and most common manifestations are chronic excitation of the sympathetic nervous system (stress syndrome) and high blood pressure. This phase also often includes headache, dizziness, eye pain, sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, stomach pain, nervous tension, inability to concentrate, hair loss, plus an increased incidence of appendicitis, cataracts, reproductive problems, and cancer. The chronic symptoms are eventually succeeded by crises of adrenal exhaustion and ischemic heart disease (blockage of coronary arteries and heart attack).
The Soviet standards were set long before the dangers became this clear.
But the western authorities said that microwaves aint dangerous or troubling.
At a 1969 international symposium on microwaves in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Karel Marha of Prague's Institute of Industrial Hygiene defended his findings on birth defects and recommended that the Eastern European standard be adopted in the West. Replying to objections that the dire predictions hadn't been proven beyond doubt, he said:
"Our standard is not only to prevent damage but to avoid discomfort in people" .
Apparently this concern doesn't include Americans, for the Soviets have been bombarding their embassy in Moscow with microwaves for some thirty years. In 1952, at the height of the Cold War, there was a secret meeting at the Sandia Corporation in New Mexico between U.S. and U.S.S.R. scientists, allegedly to exchange information on biological hazards and safety levels. It seems the exchange wasn't completely reciprocal, or perhaps the Americans didn't take seriously what the Russians told them; there have been other joint "workshops" since then, and each time the Soviets have sent people who publicly acknowledged the risks, while the American delegates have always been "no-effect" men.
At any rate, soon after the Sandia meeting, the Soviets began beaming microwaves at the U.S. embassy from across Tchaikovsky Street.
In effect, they've been using embassy employees as test subjects for low-level EMR experiments.
The strange thing is that Washington did go along with it.
The "Moscow signal" was apparently first discovered about 1962, when the CIA, is known to have sought consultation about that phenomena. The agency asked Mr. Milton Zaret for information about certain microwave dangers in that year, and then hired him in later, in 1965, for advice and research at a secret evaluation of the signal, called Project Pandora.
Nothing was publicly revealed until 1972, when Jack Anderson broke the story, and the U.S. government told its citizens nothing until 1976, in response to further news stories in the Boston Globe.
According to information given Zaret in the 1960s, the Moscow signal was a composite of several frequencies, apparently aiming for a synergistic effect from various wavelengths, and it was beamed directly at the ambassador's office.
The stupid Americans official explanation :
—A jamming signal to disrupt the U.S. eavesdropping antennas and equipment on the embassy roof.
When the State Department admitted the signal's existence, officials of course claimed it never amounted to more than 18 microwatts, to not loose face.
But when trying to simulate and replicate the exact Moscow signal, laboratory research protocols shows of levels of up to 4,000 microwatts.
In the mid-1960s published Soviet research indicated that such a beam would produce eyestrain and blurred vision, headaches, and loss of
concentration. Within a few years other research had uncovered the entire microwave syndrome, including the high-risk cancer potential.
By all available accounts (except, of course, the governments official ones), the Moscow bombardment has been a highly effective method.
In 1976 the Boston Globe reported that Ambassador Walter Stoessel had developed a rare blood disease similar to leukemia and
was suffering headaches and bleeding from the eyes.
Two of his irradiated predecessors, Charles Bohlen and Llewellyn Thompson, died of cancer and had also developed several other illnesses.
New Zealand’s standard for the allowed maximum level of electromagnetic radiation is one of the highest in the world.
“In New Zealand the maximum level is 450 microwatts per square centimeter, compared to Sweden which has a maximum level of just 1 microwatt per square centimeter,”
“And yet the Swedes still get by just fine using the latest wireless technology."
-In USA, for example, Massachusetts has a max radiation level of 200 microwatts.
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