WV Public Broadcasting Staff
Spring 2014 Solar Outages
Sat March 1, 2014
Possible Solar Outages on WV Public Radio March 3-6
West Virginia Public Radio may experience solar outages March 3–6 at around 1:44 p.m. each day.
A solar or sun transit outage is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. (See illustration below.)
Solar outages occur on a predictable schedule and affect downlinks in the U.S. for about five consecutive days, for as much as six minutes a day, twice each year.