A US Navy aircraft carrier making a port call in Hong Kong has mysteriously caused massive problems for people in the area trying to use their cellphones and other electronics, according to local reports.
The USS Ronald Reagan arrived at Hong Kong on Wednesday around noon. Immediately after dropping its anchor, people in the surrounding area found themselves unable to open their cars remotely and cell phones users complained of disruptions in service.
The Communications Authority for Hong Kong has confirmed it received inquiries and calls concerning irregular wireless service. A spokesperson for the US Consulate-General there said he had no knowledge of the carrier interfering with civilian vehicles.
Impacted vehicles were primarily Japanese-made, according to a radio communications expert in the area. The remote lock systems on these cars generally operate on a frequency of 315 MHz. This frequency is close to the frequency used by electromagnetic equipment aboard the USS Reagan.
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