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I Can’t See Clearly Now…?

Aussie racing may be affected

Tellytrack’s Dieter Wohlberg has responded to a Sporting Post query as to whether or not solar outages are getting worse and impacting on our Tellytrack reception.

A solar outage – also called a sun transit or sun fade – is an interruption or distortion of geostationary satellite signals caused by interference (background noise) of the sun, when the sun aligns directly with a satellite and the earth station it is receiving or transmitting data to.

Herewith the response from Telemedia.

Dieter says that they are the best in the business and do all of Tellytrack’s contribution and distribution feeds. They are also responsible for most global sporting feeds used by Superport etc and other international sporting and news broadcasters.

The problem will not be worse than normal, unless you are counting in milliseconds.

The outages will be in the region of 1-10 minutes and varying depending on where the dish in located in the county.

This event happens once in March/April and again in September/October every year to every satellite.

The event on DSTV will affect all the DSTV channels, it is not limited to Tellytrack only.  It will also happen on Yamal, Measat and OVHD.

There is nothing anyone can do to avoid this.

All the satellites we use for Tellytrack are east facing satellites so the events will occur in the morning before live SA racing begins.

Viewers should only experience disruption in the mornings which may affect the Aussie racing.

Below are tables showing when the outages are expected for DSTV, Yamal and Measat.

The DSTV viewers in Johannesburg will experience the problem:

Date                      Begin     Peak      End

September 8      08:58     09:01     09:04

September 9      08:56     09:01     09:06

September 10   08:55     09:00     09:06

September 11   08:54     09:00     09:07

September 12   08:53     09:00     09:06

September 13   08:53     08:59     09:06

September 14   08:53     08:59     09:05

September 15   08:54     08:59     09:04

September 16   08:55     08:58     09:01

The DSTV viewers in Cape Town will experience the problem:

Date                      Begin     Peak      End

September 5      08:59     09:01     09:02

September 6      08:56     09:01     09:05

September 7      08:55     09:00     09:06

September 8      08:54     09:00     09:06

September 9      08:53     08:59     09:06

September 10   08:53     08:59     09:06

September 11   08:53     08:59     09:05

September 12   08:53     08:58     09:04

September 13   08:54     08:58     09:02

The Yamal viewers in Johannesburg will experience the problem:

Date                      Begin     Peak      End

September 8     09:58     10:02     10:05

September 9      09:56     10:02     10:06

September 10   09:55     10:01     10:07

September 11   09:54     10:01     10:07

September 12   09:54     10:01     10:07

September 13   09:54     10:00     10:06

September 14   09:54     10:00     10:05

September 15   09:55     09:59     10:03

September 16   09:57     09:59     10:01

The Measat viewers in Johannesburg will experience the problem:

Date                      Begin     Peak      End

September 7      07:18     07:22     07:27

September 8      07:16     07:22     07:28

September 9      07:14     07:22     07:29

September 10   07:13     07:21     07:30

September 11   07:12     07:21     07:30

September 12   07:11     07:21     07:30

September 13   07:11     07:20     07:30

September 14   07:11     07:20     07:29

September 15   07:11     07:20     07:28

September 16   07:11     07:19     07:27

September 17   07:12     07:19     07:25

September 18   07:14     07:19     07:23

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3 comments on “I Can’t See Clearly Now…?

  1. Kemper says:

    there seems to be some confusion. the tables shown are for solar outages – interference due to the sun being briefly positioned directly behind the satellite broadcasting the signal at this time of year. this is unrelated to rain fade.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks Kemper
      Will get that clarified

  2. Editor says:

    Kemper, Dieter Wohlberg says: “your reader is 100%. It should read solar outage!”

    Well picked up! We will amend content

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