Half of West Virginia Cloaked in ‘Quiet Zone’ to Protect Telescope and Government Research Facility

quiet-pleaseTired of the constant buzz of the digital age? You might want to move to West Virginia’s “Quiet Zone”: A 13,000 square mile area where Wi-Fi, cell service, and even most radio stations are banned.

Via NPR:

The energy of Wi-Fi or cell signals can confuse or interfere with the telescope’s readings — and it can trip the receivers at the government’s nearby , which is also in the zone.

“Because we’re looking at these very, very faint signals, we need to live in a very, very quiet area. In the same way where if you had an optical telescope, it needs to be high on the mountain away from other light,” O’Neil says.

So a federal quiet zone law and an accompanying state law — the — combine to keep the area very radio quiet. No interference is allowed.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    neat!

  • Simiantongue

    There are people who claim to be sensitive to cell phone transmissions, EMF radiation. This would be an ideal place for them to set up homesteads.

    Government could put up a little bit of funds to help people build a community in such areas. That sounds generous but I’m thinking we could use them as a base comparison over time against the rest of us in the general population who are constantly exposed to such fields daily. Could be useful information, you never know.

    • ****

      There are loads of beautiful and affordable places to stay within the area. If you know of anyone who thinks they suffer from that, definitely have them look into taking a long vacation up there!

  • Dingbert

    They have trucks to find sources of interference, too. When I was there, they explained that they’ve even had to send them out when people’s microwaves are malfunctioning.

    • ****

      they also like to add that they will make any repairs necessary to make a device or appliance “quiet” free of charge / hassle for any residents within the zone.

  • ****

    I grew up in this area. I moved to a semi-small suburb of a city far away when i was 12, and my mind was BLOWN by all the radio stations and TV channels…AND THE INTERNET!

    It was 1994, so it wasn’t too strange for there to be no internet back then, though. But even as a child and not knowing about the quiet zone, I knew that it would be a very very long time before the internet reached my neck of the woods.

    An absolutely perfect place for a child to grow up, I really loved every minute of it and never had a clue what I was missing. I wish I still lived there!

  • Eric_D_Read

    Not sure if paradise, or the setting of the next Wrong Turn flick.

    • InfvoCuernos

      HA! That’s the first thing I thought of! What a great place to locate a family of cannibal hijackers.

  • Spencer Lindsey

    There’s more than telescopes they’re worried about. All governments are perpetually lying . I can’t wait till next time I get on an jet maybe I’ll get a free colonoscop.

  • Ted Heistman

    I guess mountain top removal is banned there too, hopefully.

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