People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue February 25, 2014
Spring Solar Outages May Affect Radio Signals
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 Feb. 28 - March 4, 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.