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.