Old 8th October 2002, 23:55   #1
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UK hide phone masts in petrol stations

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2309645.stm

i find that quite amusing, since pretty much everyone in the uk whome drives, has at some point, seen a sign whilst filling up their car saying "Switch off mobile phones", and to think behind those big totem polls we call price boards, is small, but efficient mobile phone transmitter masts!, i personally think its a stroke of genius to hide them that well that nobody knows until the companies doing it reveal all, but then, perhaps those "switch off mobiles" signs are to protect transmitter functionality, rather then to prevent ignition of petrol?, hmmm

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Old 9th October 2002, 00:06   #2
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That's what I wondered when I heard of it.

Why do we need to hang up when we're filling up with fuel, if they're allowed transmitters on the forecourt anyway - I don't get it.

However, it is a good idea to hide them in places like that - much better than ugly looking masts everywhere (like the one the bastards at Orange have put up outside the back of my house, thus ruining the view of the countryside). grrr.
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I think it has something to do with a spark from the mobile's battery. A radio transmitter is just... a big pole. You've got to commend the gas stations for putting resources to the best, most efficient use possible.
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I always understood it taht the transmitters only reflected the signal from the satellites around the place, not actually causing significant amounts of energy that could ignite the fuel.
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Next they'll tell us that the metallic centre of the earth is actually a transmitter too.
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Old 9th October 2002, 16:32   #6
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right, i am putting ten pounds on there being transmitters in at least one mcdonalds sign in the uk.

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Old 9th October 2002, 17:19   #7
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I'll bet 10 pounds that your dentists aren't being completely honest either :-p
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I always understood it taht the transmitters only reflected the signal from the satellites around the place, not actually causing significant amounts of energy that could ignite the fuel.
The antennas actually do produce a field of some sort - there are usually warnings on roof-based antennas to stay a certain distance away. If you stand in front of one for too long, you will get a headache.
I'm working on hiding antennas in a shopping mall as we speak. There are also fake pine trees, fake palm trees, fake flag poles (they're the ones that look way too thick) and all sorts of sneaky places where antennas are hidden. There are probably some you see every day and never realize it. There are also lots of fake crosses (I guess the bingo money ain't cutting it anymore).
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Bah! Bloody phone masts AGAIN!

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My guess is that the electronics associated with the masts are contained within sealed units, and pose much less of a risk than an unsealed mobile phone would, a couple of metres from the pumps. Mobile phones are inherently powerful transmitters, and contain some pretty high voltage components, which are more than capable of discharging enough of a spark to ignite fumes.

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