My first question about the RCO boxes is the radiation. If this box is strapped to me for 8 hours or more 5 or 6 days a week what are the effects on my body? Have any studies been done? What frequency do they operate on? Are they microwave signals? What kind of radiation levels do they give off since they are always transmitting during use? How about the LCU at the head end? That must be giving off something too. I have tried and can't find much regarding what frequency or amount of RF being put off by RCO boxes. This is all I was able to find off the FRA website.
Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Emissions
FRA has contracted the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct a study of the EMF emissions produced by beltpacks. The Volpe Center is located in Cambridge, MA, and is used by the Department of Transportation to conduct research on transportation matters. The study is currently underway. The United Transportation Union (UTU) will be notified of the results of this study when it is completed.
Here is a link to the FRA page about the EMF emissions
at the very bottom of the page is...The Interim Report was sent to Congress on May 13, 2004
. The report indicates that fewer accidents and injuries have occurred during RCL operations than conventional operations.
Where is the data? is the EMF testing still on going?