OT:FWD: International distress signal


Subject: OT:FWD: International distress signal
antti@assound-productions.com
Date: Tue Oct 19 2004 - 10:57:36 EDT


I knew that telly was not good for me but this just tops it all...

Antti

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From: Fast Forward <allthebellsandwhistles@mrfastforward.com>
Date: 19. oktober 2004 06.22.52 MET
To: "DrS.O.Teric" <bob@pinknoiz.com>
Cc: HadaAkiko <akiko@bunnies.de>, CritchleyDavid <dave@critchley.net>,
LoariePhilip <Loarie@eecs.berkeley.edu>, WelshJeremy <jjw@khib.no>
Subject: international distress signal

Flat-screen TV emits international distress signal

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.
 
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