The Sun is effecting our TV signals


The bi-annual loss of satellite signal has peaked in northern Europe. People may experience no or week signals as the satellites pass in front of the sun. Radiation blots out the beams during the transit. Stronger Europe beams such as those used by Sky's entertainment services and are also affected, but normally stay above the reception threshold. Intelsat 907 can also be effected. Sun outage has been affecting southern Europe for the past week but will ease shortly.

The satellites are in a sun-earth-satellite straight line, as it's the equinox for the Clarke Belt. At night, they pass through the earth's shadow for a number of hours, requiring battery power to operate. (The sun's light provides power at other times) Odd effects will be noticed during transition into the complete darkness of the earth's shadow. Some areas experience better reception than normal around late evening and midnight but lose the signal completely during the switch to batteries. The closer you are to the UK, the less the effect. It's also a good time to check for obstructions to your dish. Any shadows falling on the face indicate shading from an object or foliage.


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