Fort Gordon To Resume Radio Frequency Testing; Garage Door Openers May Be Affected

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According to a release from the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office, the installation is set to resume intermittent testing of its land mobile radio system next week.

Read the text of the release below:

“Fort Gordon will resume intermittent testing of its land mobile radio system Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21, which may produce interference to garage door openers between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The installation halted testing of the system on Tuesday to ensure the public was informed of the planned transmission timeline after receiving reports of interference with garage door openers in the area.

When testing is completed on June 21, no more are planned from June 22 to July 15. However, the system will permanently resume operation on July 15.

Only garage door openers operating in the 380 to 399.9 MHz range may be affected. People can check their garage door opener manual or the information panel on their garage door unit to determine if their unit operates within this frequency range.

During the intermittent testing period (June 17-21), and certainly after the system is permanently turned on (July 15), some electronic garage door openers may not operate normally at all times.

Owners should contact their garage door manufacturer or a local vendor for assistance with determining if a particular garage door opener is affected, or for fixing, modifying, retrofitting, or replacing an opener. In many instances, retrofit kits, widely available from many sources (to include on-line), will repair the problem, preventing owners from having to purchase and install an entire new unit.

The U.S. armed forces are fully authorized and licensed to use these frequencies, particularly for LMR systems that are necessary for force protection, law enforcement, firefighting, transportation management, and emergency medical first responders on military bases and installations. These frequencies have been reserved for the U.S. government and military services since World War II.  Unfortunately, many commercial garage door owners use these frequencies on an unlicensed basis. As the licensed user of these radio frequencies, neither Fort Gordon nor the Defense Department can compensate homeowners for the repair, modification, retrofit, or replacement of garage door openers.

Fort Gordon had intended to provide advance notification to the public before the transition, but the testing began earlier than expected.  Our relationship with our neighbors in the Central Savannah River Area is very important to us, and we regret that we were unable to provide advance notice. We hope this additional information about the timeline for testing and the pause in testing between June 22 and July 15 will give local homeowners time and opportunity to make modifications to their garage door systems or choose other solutions.”

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