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RF Problems in Gungahlin

By cashman180 25 June 2010 27

So this is going to be one of those posts where you will think I am a crack-pot…but…

Is anyone else having problems with RF remotes in Gungahlin, This morning I went to the market place and when I went to hop back in my car (a new Mitsubishi Lancer) the remote for my car didn’t work. The woman parked next to me had the same problem (we chuckled, decided that remotes were silly devices and used our keys instead). I got back to my home and went to get my spare key. As i tried to exit through my garage my remote for that door didn’t work either. I walked around the long way and tried my spare car key… Still no luck.

I asked my sister who I live with if she could try her car (a brand new Toyota Kluger) – her remote didn’t work neither did her spare key.

I ducked next door to ask if they had any problems, their car (a late model Ford) worked ok but their garage remote doesn’t work either.

Any one else want to duck outside their Gungahlin home and give it a whirl because this has me stumped… I am getting concerned that their is some major RF intereference and I should have tin foil on my head!

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arsin 10:13 am 15 Aug 11

brento said :

arsin said :

Anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this or who to call about it?

ACMA would be the people to talk to, alternatively if you can find a geek with a spectrum analyser it might give you some idea of what the source is – remotes like you mention are 433MHz which doesn’t require a particularly fancy analyser.

Yep thanks Brento. I spoke with Canberra Connect who put me onto ACMA as they said it was a Federal issue.

I just spoke to ACMA. They basically brushed me off saying they really only deal with radio and tv. Their techs are going to send me out a step by step guide to try and determine the problem. Hopefully step 1 wont be ‘Grab your spectrum analyser’ 🙂

brento 9:57 am 15 Aug 11

arsin said :

Anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this or who to call about it?

ACMA would be the people to talk to, alternatively if you can find a geek with a spectrum analyser it might give you some idea of what the source is – remotes like you mention are 433MHz which doesn’t require a particularly fancy analyser.

Gungahlin Al 9:27 am 15 Aug 11

arsin said :

Same this happened to our household yesterday. Couldn’t set the house alarm, open/close garage, or lock/unlock cars. Problem still present this morning. As one of our cars is quite new we can’t even start it as the immobiliser kicks in when opened with a key.

If you drive down the road about 100 meters you can lock/unlock one of the cars with the remote without an issue. We are located in Gungahlin backing up onto Horse Park Dr.

Anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this or who to call about it?

The 3D Sun app on my phone informs me that “A hole in the sun’s atmosphere (a coronal hole) is spewing solar wind toward Earth. ETA 15 August.”

This sort of thing causes variable RF and electronic interference. As the sun is ‘waking up’ now from a period of low sunspot activity, we can expect a lot more of this over the next year or so (if that is indeed the source of your problem).

arsin 9:06 am 15 Aug 11

Same this happened to our household yesterday. Couldn’t set the house alarm, open/close garage, or lock/unlock cars. Problem still present this morning. As one of our cars is quite new we can’t even start it as the immobiliser kicks in when opened with a key.

If you drive down the road about 100 meters you can lock/unlock one of the cars with the remote without an issue. We are located in Gungahlin backing up onto Horse Park Dr.

Anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this or who to call about it?

cashman180 4:56 pm 05 Jul 10

Sorry for the late update but at about midday the same day remotes (all of them) magically returned to full working order. My opinion: Telstra (or similar) working on some RF equipment in the area – hopefully I didnt fry too many brain cells that day, that’s what beer is for.

BenMac 9:37 am 26 Jun 10

Did both you and the other woman leave your remote next to your mobile phone (in your pocket or bag)? That’s the most common way they stop working.

AndyC 10:44 pm 25 Jun 10

DeadlySchnauzer said :

If you go to the top of Mount Wellington in Tassie exactly the same thing happens (they have warning signs to lock your car manually), because there is a bunch of broadcast towers up there bathing the immediate area in strong RF signals.

Its slightly scary that the same thing could be happening in a residential area.

If you also go to the top of Mt Wellington in Hobart you are also flipping cold. Even in the middle of Summer. But i always park my car as far away from the towers as possible – I got caught on Black Mountain a couple of years back – kinda embarrassing 🙂

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