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A rare island of serenity, thanks to the FCC
CBS News ^ | May 20, 2012 | CBS News "Sunday Morning"

Posted on 05/20/2012 9:16:53 AM PDT by Brandonmark

Edited on 05/20/2012 11:01:36 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

While most of us are inundated by sounds of all kinds, folks in one Appalachian region are "zoning out" ... enjoying a rare enclave of serenity. Richard Schlesinger of "48 Hours" has paid them a visit:

For anyone who's ever been bothered by the loud ring of a cellphone, or a loud-mouth on a cell phone . . . there's an island of tranquility, if you will, in the West Virginia mountains.

Here, most gadgets that transmit aren't just unwelcome, they're BANNED by the federal government.

People do live here - they're just hard to reach.

Linda Taylor lives in Green Bank. It's in the middle of a 13,000-square mile swath of the state that in 1958 was declared by the FCC the National Radio Quiet Zone.

No Bluetooth, no Blackberries. "Can't use cell phones, you can't use wireless," said Taylor.

No problem if you're from here. But Taylor has to adjust when she LEAVES the Quiet Zone.

"It is weird because, like, if I'm out at a restaurant or something and at the beach and my phone rings, I'm like, 'What is that?' And it's my phone," she told Schlesinger. "So it is weird in certain aspects."

The Quiet Zone was set up to protect the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a very large and very sensitive radio telescope listening for the faintest of signals from space.

Excerpt, read more at cbsnews


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fcc

1 posted on 05/20/2012 9:17:00 AM PDT by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Appalachia. (CBS)

2 posted on 05/20/2012 9:21:50 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Cell signals are virtually nonexistent at my house. During the summer I row out to the middle of the lake if I need to use my cell. During the winter I sit out there in a lawn chair.


3 posted on 05/20/2012 9:27:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Brandonmark

A very interesting place to visit, but as you say, no communication devices allowed as the telescopes search for signals from space.


4 posted on 05/20/2012 9:29:44 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama's favorite tactic is scapegoating successful Americans.)
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To: Brandonmark

Quiet drives me nuts!!!

If i’m trying to concerntrate on something I want a jackhammer banging a way in the backround.

I can’t sleep without a tv or radio on.

If a power outage occures it wakes me up immediatly and I can’t go back to sleep.

No way would I live in that hellhole!!!


5 posted on 05/20/2012 9:31:46 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Brandonmark
So people here communicate the old-fashioned way, like a pay phone.


6 posted on 05/20/2012 9:32:29 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: cripplecreek

So what about Ham radios and CB’s? Are they illegal too?


7 posted on 05/20/2012 9:33:26 AM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Brandonmark

The nice part is, I have set up a 50,000 Ham Radio. I’m gonna blow the receiver of that telescope OFF.


8 posted on 05/20/2012 9:35:09 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: Brandonmark
The quite zone area of Green Bank and Cass is like stepping back 90 years in time, except for the ET antennae. Technology is encroaching, but cell phone reception is problematic along the spine of the Allegheny's from Monroe County through the Potomac Highlands.
9 posted on 05/20/2012 9:36:27 AM PDT by buckalfa (Nabob of Negativity)
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To: Brandonmark

A beautiful area, especially in the fall. I’ve stayed at Sugar Grove a few times and it was pleasant. I’ve recommend checking out the Cass Railroad in Cass, WV.


10 posted on 05/20/2012 9:39:18 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: dalereed

Just the opposite here-I love the quiet. Love to hear the birds chirping, peep toads peepin, coyotes howlin.

My husband’s friend has to sleep with Law & Order blaring all night long...to each his own!

It makes the world go round!


11 posted on 05/20/2012 9:39:29 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro....since 1998)
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To: Brandonmark

Only “official” information - for example that from CBS - is allowed there.


13 posted on 05/20/2012 9:42:27 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: SeeSharp

Don’t know, don’t care. Its been that way since 1958.


14 posted on 05/20/2012 9:45:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Brandonmark
Linda Taylor lives in Green Bank. It's in the middle of a 13,000-square mile swath of the state that in 1958 was declared by the FCC the National Radio Quiet Zone.

Apparently these people have not heard of the ionosphere with it's D,E, F1, and F2 layers that support very long haul refract/bounce transmission, or the troposphere, or of GPS, satellite downlinks, DBS, airborne Radar, ground radar, TV transmissions, etc. There is nowhere on this earth that is 'radio quiet'....

15 posted on 05/20/2012 9:46:04 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: dalereed
No way would I live in that hellhole!!!

I either want it "nature quiet" or a bit of white noise to drown out intermittent sound. During the summer I have the sound of water going over the dam, bullfrogs etc. BTW, it seems to be a banner year for the bullfrogs here in the midwest.
16 posted on 05/20/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Gaffer
There is nowhere on this earth that is 'radio quiet'....


17 posted on 05/20/2012 9:52:15 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Brandonmark

Gee, if they ban leafblowers, I might move there.


18 posted on 05/20/2012 9:53:01 AM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: abb

Haha!....one might consider that the eyeballs are more RF transparent than the skull....likewise the ears with their canals delving deep into the skull....

Still funny, though...


19 posted on 05/20/2012 9:57:21 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Brandonmark

It wouldn’t have anything to do with a certain Naval Communications facility?


20 posted on 05/20/2012 9:59:39 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Gaffer
I'm pretty sure it was the CIA or NSA that originally set up Green Bank for eavesdropping on the Soviets.

Technology made it obsolete for the spooks, but the RA types found it useful.

21 posted on 05/20/2012 10:02:21 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Lazamataz
I’m gonna blow the receiver of that telescope OFF.

You do know that in the 1980s, it collapsed?

The then, now deceased, senior senator from WV got it rebuilt.

Oh, and its official name, surprise surprise, is now the "Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope".

22 posted on 05/20/2012 10:10:25 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SeeSharp
So what about Ham radios and CB’s? Are they illegal too?

According to WIKI: "Not all radio transmissions are prohibited in the Radio Quiet Zone. For example Citizen's Band radios, police and ambulance radios, and fire department radios are used there. However, large radio transmitter owners must typically coordinate their operations with representatives of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Allegheny Mountain Radio company operates the only broadcast radio stations in the inner core of the Quiet Zone, with just one station in the AM band, and several low-power FM stations. Most radio transmitters within the area are licensed by the FCC (just as they are in the rest of the United States). Exceptions to the Radio Quiet Zone restrictions are usually determined on a case-by-case basis, with preference given to public safety concerns, such as remote alarm systems, repeaters for first responders, and NOAA Weather Radio. Due to the restrictions, the area has attracted people who believe they suffer from Electromagnetic hypersensitivity.[3]"

23 posted on 05/20/2012 10:20:46 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

When was that picture taken?


24 posted on 05/20/2012 11:42:52 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Brandonmark

Greenbank from Cass Railroad.

25 posted on 05/20/2012 12:11:29 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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Cass Railroad steam engine. Beautiful ride up a steep mountain.

26 posted on 05/20/2012 12:22:40 PM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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To: Brandonmark
Here, most gadgets that transmit aren't just unwelcome, they're BANNED by the federal government.

So, now the media is laying a foundation that we don't need communication devices?

They will pry my radios from my cold dead hands.

27 posted on 05/20/2012 1:27:07 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: backwoods-engineer
So, now the media is laying a foundation that we don't need communication devices?

Other than CBSCNNABCNBCNYTimesWaPoLATimesNPR, yes.

/sarc

28 posted on 05/20/2012 2:22:47 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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