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Solar Outages

A solar or sun transit out is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite.

Solar outages occur on a predictable schedule and affect downlinks in the U.S. for about ten consecutive days, for as much as six minutes a day, twice each year. To obtain solar outage information for your location, click on your state or territory in the pull-down menu below. Clicking on "Any" will provide dates and times for all locations.

Solar Outage Rules

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Finding Your PRSS Account Representative

Not sure who your PRSS account representative is? Click on your state or territory in the drop-down menu below to get the name of your rep.

Help Desk

Technical support is available 24/7. Please contact the PRSS Help Desk at 800.971.7677 or via email:


Profile 2014 is now available. Profile 2014 is the authoritative report on the demographics, lifestyle preferences and consumption patterns of the public radio listener. Please contact your account rep to request a copy. Electronic (excel and pdf) versions are provided at no charge to PRSS subscribers. Hard copies are available for $100 for the first copy and $20 for each additional copy.


Basecamp is a tool for stations and PRSS subject-matter experts to share ContentDepot tips and technical information.

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MAPS, a free service from NPR Labs, provides signal coverage maps for all public radio and television stations across America, and includes demographic information mapped to a station's coverage area.

Go to NPR Labs MAPS