KHSU-BBC Experiencing Temporary Solar Satellite Interference

Mar 3, 2017

For a few days each year, the sun-satellite alignment overpowers the BBC's satellite.
Credit KHSU

For the next few days, KHSU-BBC may experience temporary audio dropouts due to a solar outage.

What's a solar outage? Each year when the sun passes behind the transmission satellite, that satellite's Earthbound downlink receiver is briefly unable to receive a satellite signal due to electromagnetic interference. 

Just like sunrise and sunset times, these solar outages are predictable. Northern California's solar outage window is March 3 - 6, at around 1:36 p.m.