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    Now this is funny stuff.


    Ore. Man's TV Emits Int'l Distress Signal

    Tue Oct 19, 1:38 PM ET U.S. National - AP

    CORVALLIS, Ore. - Chris van Rossman's television came with a VCR, DVD player and CD player plus a hidden feature that had a rescue team beating a path to his door.

    On the night of Oct. 2, the TV began emitting the international distress signal the 121.5 megahertz beep emitted by crashed airplanes and sinking boats.

    The signal was picked up by a satellite, relayed to an Air Force base in Virginia, then to the Civil Air Patrol, then to officials in Oregon. Most signals are false alarms, but they're all checked out, and soon, men in Air Force uniforms, a police officer and Mike Bamberger, a Benton County Search and Rescue deputy, were at van Rossman's apartment door.

    "I have a pretty spotless record, so I wasn't overly concerned just a little confused," van Rossman said. "The police officer asked if I was a pilot or had a boat or anything."

    They left when he said "no," but came back when they narrowed the location of the signal to a wall in van Rossman's hallway, Bamberger said.

    The solution to the mystery was nailed when van Rossman turned off the TV before answering the door the second time. The signal stopped, too. An inspection of the television confirmed it was the source.

    "Their equipment was just bouncing everywhere as they turned it on and off," van Rossman said.

    Neither investigators nor officials at Toshiba Corp. know exactly what caused the problem, Bamberger said Tuesday. Toshiba plans to replace the television and examine the offending one.

    "We have never experienced anything like this before at Toshiba," said spokeswoman Maria Repole.

    In the meantime, van Rossman is keeping the set unplugged to avoid a fine of up to $10,000 per day if his TV cries wolf again.
    George R. Widener
    Oshkosh, WI USA
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  • #2
    WTF!?
    -Kevin

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    • #3
      WTF

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      • #4
        Distress signal from TV set: HELP! hes watching DR.PHIL! aaaahhh! my tube!
        -Kevin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ACman
          Distress signal from TV set: HELP! hes watching DR.PHIL! aaaahhh! my tube!
          LOL.
          I was thinking something similar...
          George R. Widener
          Oshkosh, WI USA
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          Railroad Pictures Here

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          • #6
            We had a similar thing happen at LAX. Twice, in fact. The first time, our localizer would shut down every day at the same time. We DFed the source of interference to an apartment across the street from the airport in El Segundo. When we came back with the FCC, we found that a woman was using a rabbit retransmitting device from a tv/vcr in one room to a tv in her kitchen to keep from disturbing her husband while he slept.

            The second incident was at the TWA gate. The pilots reported they were unable to hear the tower while at the gate. We found that TWA had just installed new scrolling signs at the boarding gates, & the crystal frequencies were identical to our tower ground control freq. The signs radiated enough RF to block reception until the a/c was half a length away from the gate.

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            • #7
              Re: TV Calls For Help

              Originally posted by pullin4u
              In the meantime, van Rossman is keeping the set unplugged to avoid a fine of up to $10,000 per day if his TV cries wolf again.
              Good thing it wasn't deliberate, lol!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by laxet
                We had a similar thing happen at LAX. Twice, in fact. The first time, our localizer would shut down every day at the same time. We DFed the source of interference to an apartment across the street from the airport in El Segundo. When we came back with the FCC, we found that a woman was using a rabbit retransmitting device from a tv/vcr in one room to a tv in her kitchen to keep from disturbing her husband while he slept.

                The second incident was at the TWA gate. The pilots reported they were unable to hear the tower while at the gate. We found that TWA had just installed new scrolling signs at the boarding gates, & the crystal frequencies were identical to our tower ground control freq. The signs radiated enough RF to block reception until the a/c was half a length away from the gate.
                Amazing how some equipment has side effects like that...
                The only similar thing I can offer is that there once was a home in suburban Chicago directly adjacent to the railroad tracks...us train crews found out by accident that you could open up the home's garage door by keying up the locomotive radio.
                It didn't last long, I bet the homeowner went nuts trying to figure out why his garage door kept opening like that though...
                George R. Widener
                Oshkosh, WI USA
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                Railroad Pictures Here

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                • #9
                  Interesting, all interesting.
                  In Belgium, you are required by law to keep your radio off when close to an airfield/aerodrome/airport.
                  As in most cases in Europe,
                  -some serious incidents may have occured
                  -procecussions may have followed
                  -juridictionnal records followed
                  -the latters were included in law books
                  and this culminated into law enactement by the local representatives with validation from the senate !
                  Alain
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