Revealed: Retired couple whose old TV wiped out village's WiFi daily for 18 months

Chris Parsons
·News Editor
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A retired pair have been revealed as the couple who wiped out their village's WiFi every day with their old £30 TV.

Alun and Elaine Rees were totally unaware that their 16' Bush television set was causing problems for their neighbours in Aberhosan, mid-Wales.

The couple would turn on the faithful TV set in their bedroom at 7am every day, unknowingly causing “electrical noise” that interfered with the internet signal for the entire village.

Engineers sent to the Powys village had been baffled as to why the WiFi cut out “like clockwork” at 7am.

Retired Alun and Elaine Rees switched on their 16' Bush TV every morning, unaware it wiped out their whole village's WiFi. (Wales News)
Retired Alun and Elaine Rees switched on their 16' Bush TV every morning, unaware it wiped out their whole village's WiFi. (Wales News)

Retired receptionist Elaine, 63, explained she'd turn their TV set on every morning to watch Good Morning Britain, adding: "I love watching Piers Morgan in the mornings."

She said: "One morning during lockdown at around 8.30am we could hear two men outside talking about signal strength.

Engineers were initially stumped as to why the WiFi kept cutting out in Aberhosan, Mid Wales. (Wales News)
Engineers were initially stumped as to why the WiFi kept cutting out in Aberhosan, mid-Wales. (Wales News)

"We looked out of the window and saw they were BT engineers holding some kind of meters.

"One of them was pointing at our front door.

"Next thing they’re knocking the door and asking us to turn the telly off at the wall."

Retired farmer Alun, 67, added: "He told me we’d better get rid of the set immediately because it was interfering with the internet connection all over the village.

"He said we’d have the whole village on our doorstep if anyone found out we were the cause of the problem.

"Our son lives next door and he was having building work done so we chucked it on his skip."

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