Wed October 9, 2013
Solar Interference: October 8-11
Every spring and fall, all satellite receivers (including JPR’s) experience brief periods of high level background noise due to the alignment of the sun, the satellite and the satellite receive antenna. The digital audio channels used in the public radio system are more resistant to solar interference than the older analog audio channels, however, the disadvantage is that when they do fail, they fail completely and without warning. The only sound is a brief chirp. This year, outages are expected to occur from October 8th through October 11th at around 11:13am, and will likely cause disruptions of our signal for up to 15 minutes during our weekday broadcasts of Here and Now on our News and Information Service. These outages are a minor side-effect of using satellite technology to distribute live radio programming, and unfortunately are unavoidable.