Sep 222019

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2019

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels.

This is information for people who may be experiencing this for the first time, and a nice reminder for those that have lived here before

This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for upto 20 minutes.

Do not panic, your temporary loss of signals will resolve itself and just start working again as soon as the sun moves out of the position




It is also a good time for a bit of housekeeping, as you can use this outage time to see if there are any trees and shrubs casting shadows onto the dish, which means they can be reducing and blocking the signals from the satellite to your dish.

This can also have an effect on satellite signals at night, as 12 hours after the solar outage, the satellites are totally in the earths shadow, and receive no solar energy, and so rely on weak battery power, which reduced the signal output of the satellites for a few minutes.

More information on this solar outage can be found here :


  2 Responses to “Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2019”

  1. Anyone else in Northern France having trouble picking up satellite signal today please?

    We’re using a Teleco Flatsat Classic S85.

    It was working up until 2 days ago.

    • All UK TV satellites are operating normally, as they were prior to 2 days ago.
      Apart from during the small solar outage, which affects many of the weaker channels more than the stronger channels.
      Unless there is extremely bad weather in your area, your lack signal is down to an issue with your system somewhere (dish alignment, dish size, lnb issue, cable issue, receiver issue).

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