Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Open Sesame: Navy Admits Radio Signal Responsible for Garage Door Problems

Residents living in Connecticut have been experiencing issues with their automatic garage door openers, and they can thank the Top Secret work taking place on a nearby submarine naval base for the problems!

Officials with the U.S. Navy acknowledged on Monday that a radio signal being transmitted out of the Groton Submarine Base in Connecticut is likely the cause behind the residents’ garage-door woes. Residents began complaining to the Overhead Door Company out of Norwich, Connecticut, that they were suddenly unable to use their remote devices to open their garage doors. The company inspected all of the devices and could not find a problem with their equipment. 

After some investigating, it was discovered that the nearby naval base was using the same digital frequency as the garage door devices as part of  the Enterprise Land Mobile Radio (ELMR) system, which is used by the military to coordinate responses with local civil emergency workers.

A manager with Overhead Door has explained that the company is not responsible for replacing the devices as the problem has to do with homeland national security. "Because garage door openers are unlicensed devices, they are not offered any protection from interference by licensed users in the same frequency band, and in fact are required by federal law to accept interference from licensed users," the spokesperson told local media. 

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