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Malfunctioning Toshiba TV Emits 121.5 MHz Distress Signal

A TV set in Oregon broadcasted a strong enough signal to send searchers to a man's apartment.

"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.

(Via rhianblock.)

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Toshiba TV Broadcasts 121.5 MHz Distress Signal

A TV set in Oregon broadcasted a strong enough signal to send searchers to a man's apartment.

"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.

(Via rhianblock.)