Norfolk is a low-lying county in East Anglia in the east of southern England. Norfolk is a very quiet place but for drivers it is some kind of Bermuda triangle. On the coast near Cromer many of them experience problems with engines, transmission windshield wipers etc.
At first authorities gave no sensible explanation of this paranormal phenomenon and people believed that this “dead” area was under aliens’ control. However MOD officials have recently cleared the situation.
The MOD has finally come clean about the car-molesting radar installation in Norfolk which made merry with passing motorists' electronics, the Evening Standard reports.
At the time, an MOD spokeswoman said: "We are aware of claims that the remote radar head may be interfering with car immobilisers and we are investigating. There are other users outside the military that operate on the same frequency as the radar, but there is a possibility we could be causing some problems with cars."
And so it turned out to be. A probe into the Type 93 radar showed it was "'out of alignment" for three months from November 2005. Specifically, "unserviceable phase shifters and drop in wave guide air pressure" were fingered at the cause. Defence expert Jonathan Levy explained to the Standard: "The phase shifters control the frequency of the radar. When this changed it could have moved the frequency close to the immobilisers of cars. The effect would be like disrupting a circuit by putting a magnet near it.
"The wave guide air pressure refers to the focus of the signal going out. Most people know this as the beam sweeping round on a radar screen. Normally the radar would cover everything just over the horizon but it could have been hitting objects on the ground as well."
The MoD confirmed it would "now consider outstanding compensation claims", although locals aren't certain their electronic woes are behind them.
Prepared by Alexander Timoshik