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Cellular/PCS transmitting sites

​BCCDC carried out a study to measure the microwave levels from cellular/PCS phone base station transmitters.  This data was then compared to Health Canada's Exposure Guideline, Safety Code 6.

To determine the levels of electromagnetic energy on the ground from base station antennae located on buildings and towers, measurements were made using the Geographically Located Observations of Base-station Emissions (GLOBE) from Health Canada. 

The GLOBE device measures and records the total power density at a location from all frequency bands used by cellular/digital service providers. At the same time, it records its location using an onboard global positioning system (GPS).  Health Canada prepared a report on the use of this device entitled Measurement of Cellular Base-station Emissions Using a Newly Developed RF Field Mapping System

GLOBE device

The total power densities coming from all base-stations and active cell phones in the area are measured and recorded. The power density readings are stored in a file along with the associated GPS coordinates and time of measurement.


It can be seen from the plots that the power density level drops off with distance away from the cellular tower or building with antennae. The highest recorded level of exposure for any of the locations surveyed was 3000 times lower than Safety Code 6's allowable exposure levels. 

Areas surveyed

The 20 areas surveyed include: Abbottsford; Aldergrove; Burnaby; Coquitlam; Fort Langley; Harrison Hot Springs; Kamloops; Kelowna; Langley; Maple Ridge; Mission; New Westminster; North Vancouver; Richmond; Salt Spring Island; Surrey; Vancouver; Vernon; Victoria, and White Rock. 

Click on any of the links below to view the GLOBE map of that area.

  1. Abbotsford East - Analog
  2. Abbotsford East - PCS
  3. Abbotsford West - Analog
  4. Abbotsford West - PCS
  1. Aldergrove - Analog
  2. Aldergrove - PCS
  1. Burnaby South - Analog
  2. Burnaby South - PCS
  3. SFU - Analog
  4. SFU - PCS
  1. Coquitlam - Analog
  2. Coquitlam - PCS
Fort Langley 
  1. Fort Langley - Analog
  2. Fort Langley - PCS
Harrison Hot Springs 
  1. Harrison Hot Springs - Analog   
  1. Kamloops - Analog
  2. Kamloops - PCS
  1. Kelowna - Analog
  2. Kelowna - PCS
  1. Langley East - Analog
  2. Langley East - PCS
  3. Langley Mall - Analog
  4. Langley Mall - PCS
  5. Walnut Grove - Analog
  6. Walnut Grove - PCS
Maple Ridge 
  1. Maple Ridge - Analog
  2. Maple Ridge - PCS
  1. Mission - Analog
  2. Mission - PCS
New Westminster 
  1. New Westminster - Analog
  2. New Westminster - PCS
North Vancouver 
  1. North Vancouver - Analog
  2. North Vancouver - PCS
  1. Richmond Hospital - Analog
  2. Richmond Hospital - PCS
  3. Richmond - Analog
  4. Richmond - PCS
Salt Spring Island 
  1. Salt Spring Island - Analog
  2. Salt Spring Island - PCS
  1. Surrey 10:00-11:00AM - Analog
  2. Surrey 12:00-1:00PM - Analog 
  3. Surrey 10:00-11:00AM - PCS
  4. Surrey 12:00-1:00PM - PCS
  5. Newton - Analog
  6. Newton - PCS
  1. Vancouver - Analog
  2. Vancouver - PCS
  1. Vernon - Analog
  2. Vernon - PCS
  1. Victoria Hospital - Analog
  2. Victoria Hospital - PCS
  3. Victoria Tolmie - Analog
  4. Victoria Tolmie - PCS
White Rock 
  1. White Rock - Analog
  2. White Rock - PCS

For a comparison, please see the results of GLOBE measurements for locations in the Ottawa, Ontario (archived) region made by Health Canada.

SOURCE: Cellular/PCS transmitting sites ( )
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