Garage door problems plague dozens of homes in a Glendale neighborhood. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Kevin Hamilton (Source: CBS 5 News)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
A strange and unexpected radio frequency gremlin is paralyzing an entire Glendale neighborhood.
Nobody's garage door openers are working in this gated community of about sixty homes near 83rd Avenue and Missouri.
"You go to push it and the door doesnt open," says Glendale resident Kevin Hamilton who reached out to CBS5 by hitting the "Action Button" on the home page of our website.
The first thing Hamilton did was put new batteries in his garage door opener.
"Still no operation with the door," he grumbled.
Hamilton then took a ride around his neighborhood to see if he was the only one having problems.
"That evening I talked with my neighbor across the street. Same thing happened to him. My other neighbor, happened to him," Hamilton said. "Drove around the neighborhood and found another guy it happened to as well."
Hamilton lives within eight miles of Glendale's Luke Air Force Base. Research we found online, including this article from CBS News, points to the base as a possible culprit.
Apparently other communities situated near military compounds have reported garage door problems at the same time military radio systems there are being upgraded.
"I called the Air Force Base, sent them an email. They had no clue about it," said Hamilton. "Said they'd get back to me. Won't hold my breath on that."
Hamilton is left scratching his head for answers. He didn't get any from garage door company on the phone.
"Well good luck," they told Hamilton. "Nothing we can do about it."
The research CBS5 uncovered found the radio frequency in most garage door openers, is a frequency that's actually authorized to the U.S. Military.
If military leaders expand whatever radio frequency program they're doing at installations across the country, it could affect 40 million people in the U.S.
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Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
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