RF Safety for Amateur Radio Operators
Speaker: Bob Olsen, WA7WWP
Bob will cover the FCC requirements for determining which amateur stations need to be evaluated for RF exposure and if needed how an evaluation can be conducted.
Bob will also discuss and demonstrate RF Exposure Calculators available to amateurs and the theory behind them. Bob will emphasize some of the difficulties and point out that most calculations overpredict the exposure. He will discuss the RF Exposure standards used by the FCC and add some information about the origin of these standards.
About our speaker:
Robert G. Olsen received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University 1968 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO in 1970 and 1974, respectively.
Bob has been a member of the electrical engineering faculty at Washington State University since 1973 and holds the rank of Emeritus Professor. During his tenure at WSU, he has been an NSF Faculty Fellow at GTE Laboratories in Waltham, MA, a visiting scientist at ABB Corporate Research in Västerås, Sweden and at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, CA ,and a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark.
Bob’s research interests span all aspects of electromagnetics issues in power transmission. He has approximately 100 publications in refereed journals and approximately 150 conference publications/presentations. He is also one of the authors of the AC Transmission Line Reference Book – 200 kV and Above, which is published by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the author of the recently published two-volume book, High Voltage Overhead Transmission Line Electromagnetics.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE, an Honorary Life member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, and has served as chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Society AC Fields and Corona Effects Working Groups. In addition, he is past Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Radio Science.
He was first licensed in 1961 as WA2QPX in Westwood NJ. Since 1974, he has been licensed as Amateur Extra Class WA7WWP. His recent activity has been HF (mostly 20 meters) CW and digital, plus a small amount of 2 meter activity.
He currently lives in Pullman, WA.
Note: The meeting location is 309 Alplaus Ave, Alplaus, NY, and the building is at the corner of Alplaus Avenue and Bruce Drive. Please park in the paved lot adjacent to this building. Do not park in the restricted area in front of the building that houses the fire trucks. We will meet in the Multipurpose Room (entrance is on the North side of this building).