Sitting on the roof of BPR’s studios in downtown Asheville is our satellite dish which provides our live content feed and file downloads from NPR studios and other content producers.  This form of content distribution is provided to us by Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). Each NPR affiliate station across America is a stakeholder in this system. The reliability of this system is phenomenal and interruptions of service are rare.

Satellite Dish on BPR Studios Roof

Satellite Dish on BPR Studios Roof

That said twice a year we can plan on expected interruptions due to solar outage impacting our satellite downlink. This is a natural phenomenon and is very predictable, PRSS even provides a tool to look up when this will happen at your geographic location. Starting on October 4th lasting through October 8th we will be entering a period of solar outages impacting our NPR live satellite feeds from 2:30PM till 2:38PM. The interruptions of service last for only a few seconds. Expected interruptions of service include…

BPR News Potential Interruptions:
•October 4th – Non Expected
•October 5th-8th – Here and Now could experience some interruptions.

BPR Classic Potential Interruptions:
•October 4th – Non Expected
•October 5th-8th – Classical 24 could experience some interruptions.

Looking to the future PRSS is in the process of rolling out new satellite receivers (we received ours for initial testing and configuration last week) which will have many upgrades one of which is an internet backup to the satellite feed. This opens up potential for an alternate feed to be used during solar outages, improving our service to the community.

BPR will be replacing our satellite cover next year and we hope to add a heating element to melt snow and ice from the dish during winter weather. Currently a member of the staff has to sweep the snow off with a broom if it builds up to much or we will lose our signal. In the coming couple of months we will be painting the base as well.