Our High Tech Military

By Deane Barker on May 20, 2004

Test of Air Force radio jams area’s garage door openers: Maybe jamming garage door openers is just a sneaky battle tactic — they can’t fight back if they can’t get their vehicles out of the garage.

A new military radio system is jamming remote-control garage doors in communities near this Florida Panhandle base.

During testing last week of the $5.5 million two-way radio system at Eglin, homeowners in Niceville, Valparaiso and the Crestview area reported that their garage door openers failed to work.

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Comments

  1. Actually, garage door openers are used as trigger devices in Iraq to set off IED (improvised explosive devices) quite regularly. They have a range of about 300 feet and therefore gives a little stand-off distance for the insurgent. They have also used remote controls from toy cars and cell phones to trigger the devices from a distance.

    I’m thinking this radio would be a nice thing to have on my Humvee…it would be like those deer whistles you can get for your car!!!

  2. “I’m thinking this radio would be a nice thing to have on my Humvee…it would be like those deer whistles you can get for your car!!!”

    Or maybe have one that will broadcast a signal that activates all the garage door openers in a given area. Load that puppy up on a Humvee patroling an area with a lot of insurgent activity, and watch the dust fly when all of the IED’s go off prematurely.

  3. I think I would rather just block the signal…the way they chain some of the explosives together, you could still be in the kill zone when the first one goes. Great ideas, though.

  4. sounds like a bit of william gibson i know where Intensecure walkie talkies set off car alarms for a radius of some miles. i think it’s in Mona Lisa Overdrive.

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