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NAVY RADIO BLOCKS GARAGE DOOR SIGNAL

GARAGE DOOR SIGNAL

In Staten Island NY this week, residents were flummoxed by the mysterious condition that seemed to have struck each one of their homes. Early morning, as the fog burned away in the new sun or rolled out and back towards the sea, one by one each resident attempted to open his or her own garage door. To no avail. The automatic garage door opener button yielded no results. Each resident in his own garage, his or her car trapped inside, tried pulling the little emergency string that hangs from the automatic garage door opener, in order to release the garage doors from their spring loaded positions. What caused the mystery? A newly installed radio communications system at the local navy shipyard. The radio waves transmitted from the new system were interfering with garage door opener systems in the area.

In, Staten Island NY, and around the world, automatic garage door openers operate by relying on radio waves that travel between a stationary device — such as the receiver of an automatic garage door opener, like the kind that typically hang from the ceiling of the garage — and the moving device, like the garage door opener remote, which is often a key fob or a transmitter clipped to a car visor, within easy reach. The problem is, most radio controlled garage door openers use the same radio frequencies as the DoD. And it’s legal for garage door opener manufacturers to use this frequency as long as they are very low powered devices and don’t interfere with the government’s own communication systems. However, it doesn’t work the other way around. The residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire were told that if the Naval communications were obstructing their garage door opener transmitters, they should contact the manufacturer and have them retrofitted. The Navy could not be reached for comment.

In, Staten Island NY, and around the world, automatic garage door openers operate by relying on radio waves that travel between a stationary device — such as the receiver of an automatic garage door opener, like the kind that typically hang from the ceiling of the garage — and the moving device, like the garage door opener remote, which is often a key fob or a transmitter clipped to a car visor, within easy reach. The problem is, most radio controlled garage door openers use the same radio frequencies as the DoD. And it’s legal for garage door opener manufacturers to use this frequency as long as they are very low powered devices and don’t interfere with the government’s own communication systems. However, it doesn’t work the other way around. The residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire were told that if the Naval communications were obstructing their garage door opener transmitters, they should contact the manufacturer and have them retrofitted. The Navy could not be reached for comment.


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