Possible Temporary Loss of Signal

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The Golf ChannelDue to a phenomenon known as solar outage, viewers of The Golf Channel may experience a temporary loss of signal during certain times over the next couple of days.
 
Though the loss of signal will be brief, we apologize for the inconvenience. Listed below is a table for the predicted sun outages, with dates, times and duration:
 
------ Date --------------- Time (EST) -----Duration (in minutes) --------------------------
THURS....03/06/03...........1:19:40.....................3:10
FRI..........03/07/03...........1:17:41.....................6:40
SAT.........03/08/03...........1:16:54.....................7:45
SUN........03/09/03............1:16:45.....................7:30
MON........03/10/03...........1:17:22.....................5:45
 
A brief explanation for the problem is as follows:
 
Commercial communications satellites are geostationary, and therefore have orbits that lie near the equatorial plane. During the spring and fall equinoxes, the sun also passes close to this plane. As seen from the ground, the sun seems to pass behind the satellites once per day. During the time when both the satellite and the sun are in the ground station's field of view, the RF noise energy from the sun can overpower the signal from the satellite. It is this loss or degradation of communications traffic from the satellite that is referred to as sun fade, sun transit or sun outage.
 
Again, we apologize for any disturbance this may have in your enjoyment of our programs, as we truely appreciate all of those who tune in to The Golf Channel.