Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The U.S. TOWN With NO CELL PHONES Or WI-FI!!!

Map locating the Green Bank Telescope and the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia.
Just four hours west of our nation's capitol, WASHINGTON, D.C., and up in the wooded hills of POCAHONTAS COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA, is where you will find the town of GREEN BANK, WV, which falls within the UNITED STATES NATIONAL RADIO QUIET ZONE, and is home to quiet country living, friendly people, and one of the most impressive engineering marvels in the world—the ROBERT C. BYRD GREEN BANK TELESCOPE (GBT)!!!

The GBT measures radio waves from throughout the universe, but due to the telescope’s extreme sensitivity, any operating wireless device can have a negative effect on its observations. But to the people who live in the NRQZ, the restrictions and the quiet, peaceful life that comes with them are welcome.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC reports because of its vast size and sophisticated design, the GBT is exquisitely sensitive to even the faintest radio pulses coming from space. For the same reason, it is also extremely susceptible to electronic interference. Any device that generates electromagnetic radiation—a cell phone, a television, a wireless Internet router—can skew its data. And so the people who live in these parts must, by law, forego some of the gadgets that most of us take for granted

Those restrictions began in the 1950s, when the Federal Communications Commission created the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile swath of sparsely populated countryside that straddles the borders of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. Use of the airwaves inside the zone is strictly regulated to ensure that the high-tech telescopes at Green Bank and nearby Sugar Grove can operate with minimal disturbance

-CCG

 


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