by, 10th November 2012 at 03:32 PM (342 Views)
Last night, I turned on my radio as I do every weekday night to listen to a little talk radio. I generally don't take what I hear to heart, I just like to hear the hosts and guests get angry at each other. Can't argue with free entertainment! However, I noticed something strange...
My usual AM station I listen to at night hosts the conservative talk show, the Savage Nation (those who also listen to him will understand what I mean when I say the host frequently becomes enraged). He's an entertaining guy to listen to because he brings up some interesting points that nobody else really does, he talks about his dog, chats with guests and callers about random topics, etc.
But I couldn't listen last night. There was an unusual amount of radio interference. The channel was practically static with some barely understandable talking. I flipped through the stations, all of them on the AM band. As far as I'm aware, only one other radio station in my area hosts a partisan talk show; that was fuzz and static. But it goes deeper. The economic-focused talk show? Static. The AM Jazz station? Static. Only two of the seven AM radio stations I found were working properly.
I thought it was strange, so I decided to do a little investigating. I got in my car and pulled out, driving around the area. It seemed the interference was local, as the further I drove from my house, the weaker it got. The stations were coming in crystal clear about 7 blocks away. So I went back home and started checking out the opposite direction. The further I went, the louder and more interfering the static became. Even the two AM radio stations I mentioned earlier were being affected.
Eventually, the static died down on my main station. No static, no talk radio, just silence. The same was true for every other station except for those two, which were now completely covered in static and couldn't be listened to. I switched to FM. Most of the stations had heavy static, but I could identify the songs still. I kept driving around, trying to figure out what was going on when I noticed a new fence had been put up around an old industrial building that had been abandoned since 1998. I couldn't see much more because it was pitch fucking black outside, so I slept on it.
Fast forward to today, I returned. About 200 feet out from the building, my radio completely dies. My GPS goes screwy. I'm pretty sure that this is the source of the interference, but it didn't make sense. I got out of my car and walked around a bit. The fence was indeed brand new. The old rusty, bent poles were replaced with shiny new ones, the holes in the chain link fence were gone, and at the top, barbed wire been installed. It's obvious they wanted to keep someone out, especially when I saw the assortment of locks on the newly installed gate.
I'm not much of a law breaker, so I stayed out of the fenced in area. I looked up at the building and noticed a radio antenna on it that I'd never seen before. It looked at least 50 feet tall, but I can't measure things by just looking at them. I saw surveillance cameras along the building. They looked fairly similar to a fairly expensive 2010 model that I used to set up a security system for a job site I was working on last spring... I didn't see any vehicles on the property, but it is a weekend, so who knows if it's a job site for something.
I'm not sure what's going on in that building, but I don't like it. I'm going to talk to neighbours next, to see what they know about it, to see who put this technology up and hopefully get to the bottom of it. Whatever's going on in that building is completely blacking out the surrounding neighbourhood about half a mile out. Or maybe I'll just go to the city about it instead of getting tangled up in it, that seems like the wiser thing to do here.
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