Having temporary loss of UK satellite TV signals in the morning? Dont worry, it is just the biannual solar outage time (March 2021)
It is that time of year again when the sun 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 via satellite. Particularly BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Fives, Quests and SD Discovery channels, and SD UKTV (Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Gold, Eden, W) channels.
Don’t panic – it is the bi-annual sun outage and normal this time of year.
This 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).
These solar outages occur when the sun is directly behind the satellite and the suns energy swamps the signal with interference.
This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for up to 20 minutes and can take place up to 15 days.