Spring Solar Outages May Affect Radio Signals

Feb 26, 2016

Credit Art Blum / Northwest Public Radio

Solar outage time is here again. This occurs twice a year, when the sun moves directly into the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. When this happens, a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite.

So you may hear your radio signal becoming fuzzy, you might hear static, or the signal may go completely silent.

This spring, the interruptions are most likely between February 28 - March 3, at about 10:38 AM each day.

You won’t have to do anything. Just wait a few minutes and your signal will be back to normal.

Credit Image by Reed Michaelsen / Northwest Public Radio