Hello Great Forum:
I have an office in my Townhouse and cannot place an antenna outside. I have a large picture window in my 2nd floor office which faces north and should be able to hit the Fort Pierce transmitters. I want to place the Midland low profile (3db gain) antenna very close to the window on a round 15 inch tin pizza pan for ground plane. The blinds are plastic/vinyl so there is no metal in the way. Screen removed. I want to place the Midland GMRS radio on my office desk which is by far the most convenient and available place.
I have read that 7 to 10 feet is a safe distance from a transmission and also read that the FCC mentions for HAM frequencies, evaluation of radio wave radiation concerns HAM RADIO frequencies over 50 watts. I am anticipating the purchase of a Midland 15 watt or Midland 40 watt GMRS radio. I would be about 7 feet away from this transmitting antenna when actually transmitting for short periods. With the relatively low wattage does anyone have a learned opinion if this a health problem. Would the difference beetween 15 and 40 watts really make a difference? Think I am safe at 7 to 8 feet away? At present... I am thinking I am. Thoughts my knowledgable neighbors?