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Posted: 10/20/2004 12:18:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/20/2004 12:49:42 PM EDT by legalese77]
Well, maybe not but it could be...this guy's tv sent out an international signal for distress... guy must have been watching "friends" on it

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EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) -- TV hardly gets much better than this.

An Oregon man discovered earlier this month that his year-old Toshiba Corporation flat-screen TV was emitting an international distress signal picked up by a satellite, leading a search and rescue operation to his apartment in Corvallis, Oregon, 70 miles south of Portland.

The signal from Chris van Rossmann's TV was routed by satellite to the Air Force Rescue Center at Langley Air Base in Virginia.

On October 2, the 20 year-old college student was visited at his apartment in the small university town by a contingent of local police, civil air patrol and search and rescue personnel.

"They'd never seen signal come that strong from a home appliance," said van Rossmann. "They were quite surprised. I think we all were."

Authorities had expected to find a boat or small plane with a malfunctioning transponder, the usual culprit in such incidents, emitting the 121.5 MHz frequency of the distress signal used internationally.

Van Rossmann said he was told to keep his TV off to avoid paying a $10,000 fine for "willingly broadcasting a false distress signal."

Toshiba contacted Rossmann and offered to provide him with a replacement set for free, he said.

Link Posted: 10/20/2004 12:23:36 PM EDT
Kinda crazy
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 12:30:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 1:02:33 PM EDT
yeah thats wierd.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:20:26 AM EDT
am I the only tinfoiler left?
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:44:53 AM EDT
Pi$$-poor shielding!
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:46:40 AM EDT
One more reason he should of bought a Sony.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:48:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By legalese77:
am I the only tinfoiler left?

gotchyerback. out.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 7:56:18 AM EDT
Bullshit! Not possible.

Link Posted: 10/21/2004 9:03:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:
Bullshit! Not possible.

I'd like to see you disprove it. It's not enough to just fly the BS Flag.
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:33:10 AM EDT
It seems improbable to me as well but then again, it was on the internet so it must be true!!
Truth is often stranger than fiction

I wonder how it came to be 1) That the Tv emitted that signal and 2) That it was received by a satellite

Is this a signal ordinarily emitted from a TV?
What does that say about the strength of signals emitted from consumer electronics?
Could you modify your Tv into a two-way transmitter?
Could your Tv be eavesdropping on you and covertly sending communiques to your favorite law enforcement agency?
On a more practical note, could your TV be sending signals about what programs you are watching in order to target you for advertisements?
Obviously, this guy didn't cover everything in foil and hang metal hangers from the ceiling like he should have and it nearly got him a 10k fine
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:52:36 AM EDT
Darn CAP'ers. lol...
Link Posted: 10/21/2004 10:53:25 AM EDT
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