Monday, October 18, 2004

Bring your flat-screen TV camping!

From the Seattle Times:
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Chris van Rossman's flat-screen Toshiba TV came with a built-in VCR, DVD and CD player.

Still, the 20-inch color TV aspired to higher things.

On the night of Oct. 2, it began emitting the international distress signal.

The 121.5 MHz frequency signal was picked up by an orbiting search-and-rescue satellite, which informed the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
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An inspection of the television confirmed it was the source of the signal. "Their equipment was just bouncing everywhere as they turned it on and off," van Rossman said.

Van Rossman was instructed to keep his TV turned off or face fines of up to $10,000 per day for emitting a false distress signal.

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