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Old 10-18-2004, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Guy turns on TV. TV sends SOS signal to satellite. Rescue team arrives.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/TV/1...eut/index.html
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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.
(Searched for "distress". Nothing came up)
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:26 PM   #2
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Never heard anything about it. This whole city should send an SOS
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:29 PM   #3
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What was the reciever, his toilet ?
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:36 PM   #4
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I dont see how this could happen.

Did Toshiba not pass FCC testing? Why wasnt this discovered then?

We have to do fcc testing for raid controllers, so I have no doubt tv manufacturers are required to do the same FCC testing...no?
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:37 PM   #5
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pwn3d!!!!

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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."
damnit! it sucks when even the government tells you that you can't watch TV.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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i wish my impreza broadcasted distress signals so subaru can offer to replace it with a new one
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:41 PM   #7
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I think someone is pulling his leg. I think this is impossbile.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:43 PM   #8
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certain devices called epirbs or emergency position radio indicating radio beacons emit a signal on a specific wavelegth. There is a military one and a civilian one. The Coast Guard will look for it if they get a signal over the water. Apparently his tv was emitting one although I'm not sure why.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:44 PM   #9
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"They'd never seen signal come that strong from a home appliance," said van Rossmann. "They were quite surprised. I think we all were."

doesn't that lead one to believe that its a fairly common occurence for appliances to broadcast this signal, I find that particular quote quite funny.
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Old 10-18-2004, 10:45 PM   #10
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I'm sure Toshiba has to follow FCC regulations like every electronics manufacturer. This incident was probably just caused by a manufacturing anomoly.
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Old 10-18-2004, 11:00 PM   #11
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certain devices called epirbs or emergency position radio indicating radio beacons emit a signal on a specific wavelegth. There is a military one and a civilian one. The Coast Guard will look for it if they get a signal over the water. Apparently his tv was emitting one although I'm not sure why.
yes, these are called the "Guard" channels

VHF is 121.5 and UHF is 243.0 (the "military" one) => however, the newer civilian ELT's transmit on both 121.5 and 243.0

I find very unlikely that a TV set was transmitting on one of these specific frequencies

USCG finds EPIRB's, USAF/CAP find ELT's

PS: boats have EPIRB's, planes have ELT's
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Old 10-18-2004, 11:53 PM   #12
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I'm sure Toshiba has to follow FCC regulations like every electronics manufacturer. This incident was probably just caused by a manufacturing anomoly.
Agreed.

1 incident does not a fairly common occurence make.

- Janq wears a chronograph with an EPIRB
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Old 10-18-2004, 11:55 PM   #13
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Agreed.

1 incident does not a fairly common occurence make.

- Janq wears a chronograph with an EPIRB
It was you and your Breitling watch wasn't it?
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Old 10-19-2004, 12:19 AM   #14
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It was you and your Breitling watch wasn't it?


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Old 10-19-2004, 04:45 PM   #15
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Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find
I tried to reach for you, but you have closed your mind
Whatever happened to our love
I wish I understood
It used to be so nice, it used to be so good

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone
Though I try how can I carry on

You seemed so far away though you were standing near
You made me feel alive, but something died I fear
I really tried to make it out
I wish I understood
What happened to our love, it used to be so good

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
The love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone
Though I try how can I carry on

So when you're near me, darling can't you hear me
SOS
And the love you gave me, nothing else can save me
SOS
When you're gone
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone
Though I try how can I carry on
When you're gone
How can I even try to go on
When you're gone
Though I try how can I carry on
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Old 10-19-2004, 04:49 PM   #16
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Never heard anything about it. This whole city should send an SOS
Does anyone else find it odd that the first respondent, 3 minutes after this was posted, was from Corvallis?

Coincidence?
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Old 10-19-2004, 04:56 PM   #17
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sounds like something that should be mentioned in the "college pranks" thread
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Old 10-19-2004, 05:08 PM   #18
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Could be one of the oscillators in the televisions receiver doing a "Shadow" broadcast on the emergency frequency. Whatever frequency the oscillator runs, you double that..for example we'll say 20 mhz in this case, the shadow effect is +/- 40mhz. If you're tuner is dialed into either 161.5 mhz, or 81.5 mhz, it is entirely possible that 121.5 could be nailed. Usually the manf are pretty good about shielding this kinda crap though. VERY surprising...but possible. Just depends on what that oscillator is runnin' at to see what channel send the Coast Guard after your buttocks
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Old 10-19-2004, 05:23 PM   #19
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Does anyone else find it odd that the first respondent, 3 minutes after this was posted, was from Corvallis?

Coincidence?
TV was like, get me out of here!! This place suxor!!
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