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Directv outage? Columbus - 3 minutes

02-26-2006, 01:11 PM
Anyone else experience a total DTV outage for about 3 minutes, from 2:02 - 2:05 ET? All channels went out except locals and HD, said searching for signal. All then came back fine, and my signal strength returned to 92.


I'm in Columbus , Ohio, not that it should matter.

First time I've ever encountered something strange like that. No storms, bright sunny day, no wind, dish mounted perfectly stable.


02-26-2006, 02:50 PM
Did your receiver snap when you lost signal. If it did and this keeps happening, have them check your receiver. Mine did that on and off for about a year. Had 3 service calls for it told the repair tech the same thing. each had a different way of making it stop for about a week then it came back. They finally sent a supervisor out and he changed the receiver and some frayed wires the other three did not catch and it worked fine till I upgraded to the H20. Now i am waiting for the L5 dish to come in and locals in HD. piad for the dish already.

02-26-2006, 05:59 PM
Each Spring and Fall, you will experience a technical phenomenon called "sun outages." For a period of about 2 weeks, the sun causes "solar interference" to all geostationary satellite signals. As the sun's path across the sky gets lower each day, there are times when it is in a direct line behind a communication satellite that is sending signals to a receiving satellite dish here on earth. When the dish antenna is looking into the sun, the interference from the sun overrides the signals from the satellite. This is when a sun outage occurs.

Sun outages typically occur during the months of February/March and September/October and can last as long as 15 minutes a day and take place over a period of 15 days. The effects of a sun outage vary in degree from minimal to total outage throughout the 15 day period. Once it reaches its peak, the interference will gradually decrease becoming less noticeable each day after.

Unfortunately, there is technically nothing we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring. Each satellite service that we receive signals from will experience this interference at predictable times.

Here is the predicted outage from Buffalo, New york for the directv satellite at 101 degrees.


Predicted Outage| Start | End | Duration| Start | End
Date | UTC | UTC | | CETSummer| CETSummer
mm/dd/yyyy |hh:mm:ss| hh:mm:ss|mm:ss | hh:mm:ss| hh:mm:ss
02/28/2006 | 19:03:42 | 19:10:37 | 06:55 | 21:03:42 | 21:10:37
03/01/2006 | 19:01:56 | 19:11:56 | 10:00 | 21:01:56 | 21:11:56
03/02/2006 | 19:00:57 | 19:12:32 | 11:35 | 21:00:57 | 21:12:32
03/03/2006 | 19:00:25 | 19:12:40 | 12:15 | 21:00:25 | 21:12:40
03/04/2006 | 19:00:21 | 19:12:21 | 12:00 | 21:00:21 | 21:12:21
03/05/2006 | 19:00:36 | 19:11:36 | 11:00 | 21:00:36 | 21:11:36
03/06/2006 | 19:01:25 | 19:10:20 | 08:55 | 21:01:25 | 21:10:20
03/07/2006 | 19:03:32 | 19:07:42 | 04:10 | 21:03:32 | 21:07:42


02-26-2006, 06:08 PM
wow. good info. I was beginning to think I was nuts.. but that makes sense, as it was all 3 of my boxes affected.

02-26-2006, 08:55 PM
This same thing happens to me in Atlanta. I have had the H20 and AT-9 since late Jan and it has happened multiple times. The D* tech came out and told me it was the satellites? All my HD channels go out, with the exception of HD locals, with a 771 error message. Usually happens around noon and they are all back around 6 or so. I have another tech coming out, but I am sure he will say the same since it will probably be working when the tech gets here.
Any input would be appreciated...