Digital box triggers ‘SOS’ alert
Posted: 17 January 2006 02:15 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Man, even the televisions are getting smarter now.

A faulty TV digital box sparked a rescue mission from RAF Kinloss by sending out a signal identical to those transmitted by vessels in distress.

The Kinloss site in Moray, which co-ordinates rescue operations across the UK, detected an “SOS” call from the Portsmouth area on 5 January.

A coastguard helicopter spent two hours searching the harbour area before the signal was traced to dry land.

An RAF spokesman said the signal had been a “complete freak”.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom was asked to look into the signal and confirmed the source.

More at the link.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4614598.stm

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