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Comment: On 11/26/1977, there was a 5 minute take-over of the airwaves in
southern England. An alien broadcast a warning to the Earth to stop using
nuclear technology. I have tried to find some verification of this but
can only find UFO sites that repeat the same rumour. It seems like this
would be easy to verify but I can't find anything.

Here is a typical link about this supposed event:

http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.net/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=21955

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It was, of course, a hoax perpetrated by some television pirates:
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Although TV piracy involving a home-made transmitter does occur, these only reach a very small section of the population, running into the hundreds, possibly thousands. The most famous and best-documented TV piracy incidents involve the hijacking of existing broadcasters’ transmitters, so that many more people can be reached.

An early example occurred in the UK, at 5:12 pm on November 26, 1977, at a time when public interest in UFOs and aliens was running high. During the news, being read by Ivor Mills, a voice, accompanied by what one witness termed a 'bopping sound', interrupted the broadcast (the picture remained of the newsreader) and introduced itself as "Vrillon, representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command."
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It was apparently transmitted over the entire Southern Television ITV region using the VHF transmitters (the UK used both UHF and VHF transmitters at the time, radiating the same programmes). It is thought that the pirate transmitter was aimed at a receiver high up the VHF distribution chain, and a signal sent that overpowered the 'official' signal from the television station.

The transmission also apparently occurred at a time when the IBA's monitoring facility was being moved from one location to another, which may have resulted in the broadcast going initially unnoticed, the fact that it was in sound only, leaving the vision untouched, making it even more difficult to spot.

More on the incident.
Brian

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