Cell Network Wiped Out by ... Beer Fridge
Engineers say motor's electric sparks caused blackout
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Beer truly is the cause of (and solution to) all of life's problems. Or at least this problem: An Aussie telecom company investigating the cause of network blackouts near Melbourne tracked the disturbance to ... a bloke's beer fridge. Technicians believe electric sparks emitted from the fridge's motor generated enough radio frequency noise to knock out the cellphone network across several neighborhoods, reports the Herald Sun.

Engineers say they used "software robots" and "Mr Yagi" antennas to pinpoint the problem to a garage in the town of Wangaratta, where they IDed the fridge as the culprit. "I'm amazed something like that could knock out part of the network," says fridge owner Craig Reynolds, who poses for the paper in front of a Carlton Draught-stocked fridge. NPR notes that Slashdot is asking the million-dollar question: Assuming Reynolds had to unplug the fridge, how's he keeping his beer cold now?

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Jun 6, 2013 8:24 PM CDT
Hopefully, he will throw out the booze, since alcohol is a dangerous drug.
Jun 5, 2013 4:57 PM CDT
I would have told Cell company The only way I'll unplug my refrigerator is if you drop off a new one to plug in. I don't see how they could make him unplug if he didn't want to shut it down
Jun 5, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
I hope the telco gives my countryman a new fridge. You can be sure that he will soon appear in an ad for Carlton Draught and probably will have all the beer he can drink for a while. The marketing boys will be all over this like a fat kid on cake.And you can call me...................Mr Joshua