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Cellular Antennas - Keep Your Distance

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Q: Why does the Wilson installation guide say an exterior antenna on a vehicle must be placed at least 11 inches away from any person? Is it a health hazard if the antenna is closer?

A: The FCC requires that such a warning be placed on any product that emits more power than your cell phone – as does an antenna connected to a Wilson signal booster. The warning states that people should stay 11 inches from the device. The warning applies ONLY to any person who is outside the vehicle. All persons inside a vehicle are protected from the antenna by the vehicle’s metal roof. Even if the rooftop antenna is located just a few inches from a vehicle occupant, the roof provides 100 percent shielding for that person and all occupants.

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