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Cell Tower Report Raises Questions

Measurements completed by SkvarcaAntigua St John's - Caribarena’s pressures on the Ministry of Information to release the cell tower report have finally paid off. After 200 days of waiting, the government has finally made the Cell Tower report available.

On March 29, the government placed a link to the report, completed by George Skvarca, on its official website. Caribarena has been demanding the release of this report since August 2011. Yet, no official press release or notification was sent to Caribarena regarding the release of this report.

The report is composed of four introductory pages, with three additional pages of measurement data. The introductory pages give a general overview of the history of health concerns related to RF transmission. The measurement data pages then show the measurements completed by Skvarca, with a comparison to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) limits. However, Caribarena has found several fundamental problems with the report, the equipment, and the study as a whole.



The first, and perhaps most troubling issue, is the nature of the equipment used by  Skvarca to conduct RF field measurements and gauge the strength of cell phone base Stations. The device used by Skvarca is called a TES-92 electrosmog meter. This is designed to display the strength of all electromagnetic energy in the air between the frequencies of 50 MHz and 3 GHz.

Industry Canada, the government department with responsibility for regional economic development, investment, and innovation/research and development, said that the TES-92 is unreliable and should not be used for compliance testing.

It said, “To Industry Canada's best knowledge, this device is not individually calibrated to a traceable standard, and the Department does not use it for compliance measurements.”

In the report, Skvarca states, “Up today we performed measurements at 71 sites taking several readings at each one.”

However, in the three measurement pages of the report, there are only 56 readings.

Where are the missing 15 readings, and why are they excluded from the report?

In addition to this, Skvarca said that several readings were done at each site, meaning there should be even more than 71 readings. Again, where are the missing readings?

The quality of this report becomes even less certain when the Observations column is examined. This column, according to the report, is supposed to contain the frequency range for each measurement, which would be useful in identifying the company that operates the tower.

In no measurement is the frequency range revealed. In some of the measurements, there is no information at all in the observations column. In others, a description of the tower (school, plantation, town, hospital, etc) is given. And in other towers, a certain measurement is given in meters. However, it is not clear to what this refers.

A measurement for a tower at Jolly Beach is marked in the observations field as being “500 m”. This appears to indicate that the tower is 500 meters tall.



Consider the fact that the world’s tallest tower is 628 meters, and that 500 meters is over half a mile. There are no towers in Antigua or Barbuda that reach this height.

And if Skvarca intended that this height is measured from sea level, why is it that the Boggy Peak tower is marked as “10 to 20 m” in the report?

So what does this 500 m represent?

Also interesting is the fact that the observations field for the Jolly Beach tower has no description, just “500 m”. So why do some measurements have a description, some have the meters (not clear if this represents height or distance), and other measurements have no information at all in the observations column? And why is the frequency range never provided?

However, this is not the only problem with the observations column or the measurements. In one measurement at the Golden Grove School, it simply states “no measurement”. The Friar’s Hill FM station is marked as being “10 to 20 m,” with no further indication as to what this represents.

The Heritage Quay measurement has no data in the observations column at all. This lack of information also exists in the measurements for towers in Freetown, Newfield, Glanvilles, Willikies, Long Bay, and Dow Hill.

There is also a measurement for “Antigua Plum,” which seems to indicate the tower at Antigua Plumbing and Hardware. In the observation column of this measurement the words “school – 50 m*” are recorded, with the asterisk serving to indicate a remark. According to Skvarca, this tower should be built 15 meters higher.

A measurement in Gray’s Hill has “10 m” in the observations column. Why shouldn’t this tower also be built higher?

This report does not provide enough information to understand and evaluate the reasoning behind this remark.

Additionally, this remark is important because the height of the tower is critical. Taller towers will provide signal to a larger area, while the electromagnetic field around the tower is weaker, and as such, less likely to negatively impact human health.



Previous articles on Caribarena have mentioned the fact that many towers in Antigua are extremely low, and in highly populated areas, much like the Antigua Plumbing base station mentioned above.

Finally, and in light of the above stated issues, Caribarena would like to ask the Ministry one question; why is it that it took 200 days, more than half a year, for this report to be released?

The report itself is dated August 19, 2011. For whom or what did the Ministry delay the release by 200 days? Were any changes or edits made during this time period that would warrant such a delay?

Caribarena will continue to provide updates on the cell tower issue.

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Arrogant Mansoor

#14 Annoyed » 2012-04-11 08:27

Mansoor don't care from us the people, that arrogant man think he's above all,
I hope one of the towers radiation directed at his house. :-x
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RE: Cell Tower Report Raises Questions

#13 payday » 2012-04-11 01:09

I'm glad the ministry released the report. I'm glad that the little counter could break the government. This is a great win for antiguans, even if the war is far from over. more reports! more answers!
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nah listen to them

#12 quests » 2012-04-10 17:04

nah listen to farnsworth and these fools. He just want to fry some marshmallow. and who you to say no people been fried? maybe a some of them poor cancer victims catch tower fever?
Fnpsr, Beef, comment like a boss. get my respect for the thoughts.
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re: JP Farnsworth

#11 marshmellow » 2012-04-10 16:58

such an instigator. If you read the previous articles on Caribarena, you'd see what should be done with the towers. I've followed this issue from the first article to the last, and I see exactly what they are talking about. Besides, what does your marshmallow have to do with the missing readings? try to be objective...
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This noise again

#10 JP Farnsworth » 2012-04-10 10:33

I thought we were done with this? Aren't the people who are here complaining the same ones that say they can't get any good signal?
Lets "Assume" all the towers are not good, then what do you propose we tear them all down? Has anyone been fried by these towers? I've put up some marshmellos on a stick and nothing has happened.

I feel sorry for the dead horse because you folks keep beating it.
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John French II

#9 tenman » 2012-04-10 10:12

John French II, I am still holding onto that apology because as you stated, this is no real report. I am still waiting for the real and full report


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RE: Cell Tower Report Raises Questions

#8 Pellucid » 2012-04-10 10:11

Great work!

Now what about the FSRC report?
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RE: Cell Tower Report Raises Questions

#7 fnpsr » 2012-04-10 10:00

Did I miss something? What is the conclusion? Are the good people of Antigua safe or not?

"Let's fix the little things before we attempt to fix the big things."
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"Victorious" Is The Name Of The Berber's Son. PT4

#6 John French II » 2012-04-10 09:57

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock: That The Unelected Senator and Hon Min of IT has been very disrespectful to the People of Antigua & Barbuda is without question. That he continues to flourish with such behaviour speaks volumes not only of his character but also of his cabinet colleagues. Good Governance is not all about "Victory".

When the esteemed Barbadian Doctor was appointed Caribbean Head of PAHO, it was suggested that a Golden Oportunity was missed in not engaging her on the Issue given that Mr. George Skvarca was a consultant from PAHO. A copy of the report should be sent to her by Caribarena. Given the Report which has now been published, my apologies to Tenman, Skyewill and Caribarena were not only premature but unnecessary.

Any secondary school student could have submitted a four page report with Google's assistance. Caribarena has dissected the Report as they see it. From an ethical perspective, a good report provides findings, analyses of the findings and recommendations.

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

Heaven Help The Nation Of Antigua & Barbuda.
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"Victorious" Is The Name Of The Berber's Son. PT3

#5 John French II » 2012-04-10 09:06

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock: "Thou call'st me dog before thou hadst a cause, But since I am a dog, beware my fangs." Shakespeare.
In Comments: "Remembering The Punic Wars PT3" it was suggested that "Those who wish to have a critical look and not what is being spun in the media revisit comments in "The Concept of Patriotism Versus Enemy":
"that the “Jury Is Still Out” and we should tread lightly not knowing the “Long-Term Health Risks”. Tenman, may I suggest that we give the Government the Opportunity, since they commissioned the study by the World Health Organisation/Pa n American Health Organisation, to review and react to any recommendations which the consultant would have suggested. It is highly unlikely that they will be able to suppress and hide the results. On the Contrary, given what has been said so far, they will be trumpeting the findings.
John French II
Read more: http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/mobile/234-mobile/98194-new-inquiry-says-cell-towers-not-a-risk.html#ixzz1rdr0Xpbg
"I hold (Antigua) but as (Antigua), (the Hon Minister of IT): A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one." Shakespeare. emphasis mine.
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"Victorious" Is The Name Of The Berber's Son. PT2

#4 John French II » 2012-04-10 08:32

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Continued Comments from Victory! God Willing Said The Son Of A Berber:
Many (of us) acquire nicknames, which remain til death. Hence when we find Strangers living in our Strange Land, scant attention is paid to their names because we wish to treat them as we treat ourselves. This we do at our own peril since we fail to understand what motivates them. Quote:
'A name is not merely an arbitrary designation, a random combination of sounds. The name conveys the nature and essence of the thing named. It represents the history and reputation of the being named. Because a name represents the reputation of the thing named, a name should be treated with the same respect as the thing's reputation.' Unquote
On March 29, 2012 Skvarca RF Report and Measurement Sheets www.ab.gov.ag In Comments Titled The Concept of Patriotism Versus Enemy 2011-08-20 14:38 JF evokes Dr. Henry on Dr Ephraim's Resentiment: projections of strength being '"existentially necessary defences against Reality." Nuff Said.


http://www.Caribarena.com/antigua/mobile/234-mobile/98489-antigua-final-cell-tower-report-mia.html#comment-85816#ixzz1rdjOTREx
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"Victorious" Is The Name Of The Berber's Son. PT1

#3 John French II » 2012-04-10 08:23

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Friends, CountryWomen/Men, Ouadadlians, Rastas, "Benna Boys" duringthe formative years in secondary school, "Quaecumque Vera" - "Whatsoever things are True" was driven into the psyche and ethical conscious and unconscious of a young, unfetterd, eager and learning mind. In Higher Education, learned women and men reinforced in the mind yearning for knowledge "Quaecumque Sunt Vera".
For several days, agony set in. The truth had, just like a thief in the night, been surreptitiously posted on www.ab.gov.ag on March 29, 2012 under the heading : Skvarca RF Report and Measurement Sheets. No comments from any Media Outlets, be they TV, Radio, Print or Blog. Waiting to learn from the silent and MIA media became exceedingly painful. Many say "Antiguans & Barbudans are not A Reading People!" Fnally this distraction was addressed in comments Titled: Victory! God Willing Said The Son Of A Berber 2012-04-09 01:20 Here are the comments:
"Because we as a people lost our original names during our Slave Past and Present we do not understand or care not whether there is importance attached to the birth names we are given."
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John French II

6 for a 9

#2 tenman » 2012-04-10 07:42

Why does this government keep giving us a 6 for a 9? Why are we even surprised? All talk of transparency and accountability have proven to be simply talk. Instead we have a government which focuses on obfuscation.

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QUITE INTERESTING

#1 BEEF » 2012-04-10 07:14

This article raises some questions in my mind. Will the relevant Ministry be holding another press conference with regard to this report? Did I miss the publication of this report as A.B.S. NEWS TEAM APPARENTLY DID (I stand to be corrected)? Something don't seem right here but let me wait on the GOVERNMENT Press Conference that will be held to discuss the findings of this report.
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