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Navy: RIMPAC exercises could affect garage door openers

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:25 a.m. HST, Jun 24, 2014

Pearl Harbor officials are warning residents in the area that their remotely operated garage door openers may be temporarily affected by increased radar activity from warships participating in the Rim of the Pacific exercise that begins on Thursday.

The Rim of the Pacific Exercise involves 25,000 participants from several Pacific nations and runs through the end of July.

The Navy, in a written statement, said it is required to test surface search radars in port prior to getting underway.

Remotely controlled garage door openers operate at a low power and can be affected by electromagnetic activity generated by Navy ships and other sources, the Navy said.

To ensure garage door openers function properly, the Navy advised owners to check with their door company.

The state estimates that the international naval war games will generate $52.5 million through purchases of supplies, fuel and food, and spending by family and friends of participating personnel.

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Numilalocal wrote:
Uuuuuuh another thing the fear-mongers will latch on to!!!
on June 24,2014 | 10:12AM
SueH wrote:
"To be sure their garage door opener will function properly, the Navy said, owners may want to check with their door company." Oh sure.....just like the Navy to pass responsibility. And just what is the garage door company supposed to do???? If the Navy generates a sufficient signal, the garage door will open just as it should. How will checking with the company stop that??
on June 24,2014 | 10:28AM
CriticalReader wrote:
The real problem with this is that the Navy just messed us all up further down (or up depending on your perspective) the food chain. No doubt this article is lighting lightbulbs at HEI and Oceanic. Look for both to begin blaming RIMPAC for the rolling blackouts of summer and HBO being unavailable.
on June 24,2014 | 02:29PM
glenn57377 wrote:
US Navy - YOU go check and see if YOU are going to effect my garage door opener. I realize we must sacrifice for defense - but you invited the Chinese to participate in the exercise - how stupid is that? If my garage door opens and I get ripped off........I'm coming to YOU for a refund and replacement of my belongings. If you want to have an electronic bonanza.......get farther away from the islands.
on June 24,2014 | 10:37AM
SueH wrote:
Glenn, you can always turn off the circuit breaker that powers your garage door, but then you'll have to be inconvenienced to access it every time you want to open or close the door. At least that way, the Navy's signals won't randomly cause your door to operate. Very inconvenient for you, but what else can you do, check with your garage door company??? Yeah, right.
on June 24,2014 | 10:56AM
silvangold wrote:
Sue ::: just WHY do we have to inconvience OURSELVES? come'on......
on June 24,2014 | 11:09AM
CriticalReader wrote:
This is clearly and intrusion by Obama's government into the constitutional right to have one's garage door opener work properly. How does the saying go? "You can have my garage door opener when you pry it from my cold dead hands." I think this is all actually an NSA operation to monitor the number of times we raise and lower our garage doors each day. Big Brother, people. Big Brother.
on June 24,2014 | 02:22PM
derek_millennium wrote:
I believe radars were also affecting car door remotes as well.
on June 24,2014 | 11:07AM
CriticalReader wrote:
And sending those messages only we can hear, but no one else can. Try tin foil. It guards against the signals.
on June 24,2014 | 02:23PM
Sharkey1775 wrote:
I went to upvote this, and then realized that this wasn't Reddit.
on June 24,2014 | 02:58PM
Waikele wrote:
If garage door openers are disconnected, doors need to be opened manually. That means anyone can open your garage door from the outside, gain access inside and possibly into your house.
on June 24,2014 | 12:22PM
CriticalReader wrote:
"doors need to be open manually"?????? Can anyone say "Class Action Lawsuit"?
on June 24,2014 | 02:23PM
GeoDiva wrote:
At least they are admitting it now. Before they use to deny it, but it seemed that every time a carrier was docked, mine didn't work.
on June 24,2014 | 02:41PM
CriticalReader wrote:
You people are so in the dark. This is part of a FEMA covert operation. They're beginning to stockpile plastic plates with "Craftsman" labeled on them. They're using it to store the hollow point ammo they've also been stockpiling.
on June 24,2014 | 03:26PM
marine38 wrote:
This story stimulates my curiosity. The radars and garage openers operate in entirely different frequency bands. Like to hear more from garage door companies but what I read indicates they operate in the 300-400MHZ range. The radars operate in the gigahertz bands. I wonder who started the story. More questions than answers.
on June 24,2014 | 04:31PM
false wrote:
Makes you wonder that if it can affect garage door openers what it might do to say a pace maker. Ouch!!!
on June 24,2014 | 04:34PM
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