In a rather extreme move, an Oregon resident’s television started emitting an international distress signal, possibly in response to all the crap reality TV that the owner was forcing it to dislpay. Either that or the set was malfunctioning. You decide:
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.