Personal RF monitors are an important tool in the tower industry and play a pivotal role in helping workers protect themselves against RF emissions.
In order for a personal RF monitor to effectively warn workers of emissions that potentially exceed Safety Code 6 limits, however, the monitor must be functioning properly. Recognizing this, many workers perform what’s often described as a “sanity test” to ensure they’re monitor is functional.
The video posted below was developed by STAC to demonstrate how to use a standard push-to-talk radio to complete an RF monitor “bump test.” The bump test procedure detailed in this video can only be used to verify that a personal RF monitor is powered on and capable of detecting RF emissions. This procedure cannot be used to verify that the monitor is calibrated properly.
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Personal RF Monitor “Bump Test” Instructions
Step #1 Power on the personal RF monitor and let it go through the self tests
Step #2 Hold down the transmitter button on a working push-to-talk radio (Note: Min. radio output requirement = ½ Watt ERP)
Step #3 Move the radio closer to the monitor until the first alarm goes off (Note: First alarm should sound when radio is approximately 2.5 – 5 cm away from the monitor)
Step #4 Continue moving the radio closer to the monitor until the second alarm goes off (Note: Second alarm should sound when radio is approximately 1 – 2.5 cm away from the monitor)
Presented by Dan Renaud, Telecon || Videography by Mike Powell, Bell || Video hosted by the Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC)
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