Hate It When That Happens

Honk, honk, honk: Station ‘harmonic’ gets press coverage in Tampa.
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Car alarms going off can be annoying. But it’s even worse when your radio station gets blamed for it.

The Tampa Tribune reported this week that a CBS station signal may be causing a plague of alarms going off or not working.

The Federal Communication Commission said an antenna on the Colonial Bank building that broadcasts CBS oldies station WRBQ(FM) at 104.7 MHz “uses a radio frequency that emits a harmonic that could sync up with the frequency used by some car alarms,” according to a UPI summary story.

“WRBQ is not in violation,” the account quotes the FCC case report, “and the car alarms in question are required to be designed to accept/reject (the interfering frequency).”

The newspaper said others think the problem could be traced to police car transmitters or wireless phones.