Chris P wrote:and at the Remote Radar head on the coast road (B1159)between mundesley and trimingham where there is an RAF golfball radar dome and slightly further on towards towards trimington a NATS radar site . a visit to this site and a check on close call may reveal what frequencies are in use at Trimingham too
Like something out of a sci-fi film, motorists are finding their lights flickering and engines cutting out as they drive along a Norfolk coast road.
Speedometers have zoomed to a reading of 150 mph, indicators have gone berserk and at least one driver had her car's entire electrical system knocked out.
Drivers around Trimingham are blaming a local RAF "golf ball" radar station and official complaints from residents to the MoD brought the promise of an investigation, but no admission of responsibility.
Kerrie Maydew, 39, of Mundesley, who passes the base on a school run every day, said her car's electrical system had been affected six times.
On one occasion mechanics found that her Nissan Almera's main fuse box had "fried" and presented her with a £300 bill. She said: "It only ever happens when I drive past the radar golf ball towards Cromer, so it must be what is causing it. We have lived here for five years but it has only been happening in the past couple of months."
Neil Crayford, 32, who runs a garage in Mundesley, said that since Christmas he had worked on about 30 cars with similar problems, including three last Friday.
"It is a mixture of lights and engines cutting out, along with dashboards going haywire," said Mr Crayford, whose own car suffered a headlight failure recently when he was driving close to the radar station.
He said that most cars had been repaired simply by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery to re-set the electronics. Mr Crayford, 32, himself a former RAF radar operator, added: "Something must have changed, either the frequency or output, for this to be happening. I lodged an official complaint with the MoD two weeks ago but incidents are still happening. We get about five a week and had three more on Friday. I have talked to people who live near the dome but it doesn't seem to affect their televisions or radios. It is just something in cars it appears to affect."
A private pilot, however, said last night that it was well known among fliers that you should not go too close to radar installations in case their transmissions interfered with electrical equipment.
The MoD said that an investigation was under way. But a spokesman added that there were other, private operators using the same frequency range as the Type 43 radar inside the dome and that there were "no guarantees that the Trimingham radar is the cause of the reported incidents".
Most car handbooks warned of possible malfunctions close to radar transmitters, the spokesman added.
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