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[infowar.de] WT 03.12.06: Military radio signal halts garage doors
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The Washington Times
Military radio signal halts garage doors
Published December 3, 2006
DENVER (AP) -- What do remote-control garage door openers have to do with
A secretive Air Force facility in Colorado Springs tested a radio frequency
last week that it would use to communicate with first responders in the
event of a homeland security threat. But the frequency also controls an
estimated 50 million garage door openers, and hundreds of residents in the
area found that theirs had suddenly stopped working.
"It would have been nice not to have to get out of the car and open the
door manually," said Dewey Rinehard, pointing out that the outage happened
during the first cold snap of the year, with lows in the teens.
Capt. Tracy Giles of the 21st Space Wing said Air Force officials were
trying to figure out how to resolve the problem of their signal
overpowering garage door remotes.
"They have turned it off to be good neighbors," he said.
The signals were coming from Cheyenne Mountain Air Station, home to the
North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S. and Canadian
operation set up during the Cold War to monitor Soviet missile and bomber
Technically, the Air Force has the right to the frequency, which it began
using nearly three years ago. Signals have previously interfered with
garage doors near bases in Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
In general, effects from the transmissions would be felt only within 10
miles, but the Colorado Springs signal is beamed from atop 6,184-foot
Cheyenne Mountain, which likely extends the range.
David McGuire, whose Overhead Door Co. received more than 400 calls for
help, said the Air Force might be able to slightly adjust the transmission
frequency to solve the problem. If not, it will cost homeowners about $250
to have new units installed.
"The military has the right to use that frequency. It is a sign of the
times," he said.
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