I just posted an interesting
on the RF Cafe homepage about a community in Virginia
where most of the garage door opener remotes stopped
working at the same time - around Christmas Eve.
Unless there is a Y2008XMAS bug in the systems,
then it is doubtful that there is a systemic problem
involved. Besides, not all of the openers are made
by the same manufacturer nor were they all installed
by the same company.
The locals tried to
blame the nearby military base, but the spokesman
denied any responsibility, and I believe it. Any
interferer powerful enough to caused widespread
failure of the garage door openers would almost
certainly manifest itself in other very noticeable
My guess is that someone attempt a
mass hijacking of the garage door opener codes.
I have read of drive-by schemes where a person is
successful at running through codes fast enough
to lock in. The only thing that might disqualify
that possibility is some of the remote controllers
supposedly will work while within the confines of
There really was not a lot to
go on in the TV report, and I have not seen a follow-up
report on what, if anything , was discovered to
be the cause.
Have you got any theories,
or ever heard of a similar occurrence?
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster