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NPR Distribution manages the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS), and provides satellite transmission services to regional public radio networks and commercial broadcasters across the United States.

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Public Radio Engineering Training Program

Pursuing a career in Radio engineering? Here’s a fast path to skills development.
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Station Emergency Kits

Equipment now available for stations that have experienced a broadcast impacting emergency.
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MetaPub is radio for the 21st century. MetaPub enables public radio listeners to see additional content on the end- user screens.
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Radio Network Distribution

Enables networks to send programming to stations without incurring head-end costs.
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Time Changes

Check when the transition from standard time to daylight-saving time will occur for the Spring and Fall.
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Satellites

Learn more about Galaxy 16 C-Band and Ku-Band satellite coverage.
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Blue Certificate Icon

Public Radio Engineering Training Program

Pursuing a career in Radio engineering? Here’s a fast path to skills development.
Learn More
Maroon Emergency Kit Icon

Station Emergency Kits

Equipment now available for stations that have experienced a broadcast impacting emergency.
Learn More
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MetaPub®

MetaPub is radio for the 21st century. MetaPub enables public radio listeners to see additional content on the end- user screens.
Learn More
Purple HUB Icon

Radio Network Distribution

Enables networks to send programming to stations without incurring head-end costs.
Learn More
time changes icon

Time Changes

Check when the transition from standard time to daylight-saving time will occur for the Spring and Fall.
Learn More
Purple HUB Icon

Satellites

Learn more about Galaxy 16 C-Band and Ku-Band satellite coverage.
Learn More
left arrow for navigating carousel
right arrow for navigating carousel
Blue Certificate Icon

Public Radio Engineering Training Program

Pursuing a career in Radio engineering? Here’s a fast path to skills development.
Learn More
Maroon Emergency Kit Icon

Station Emergency Kits

Equipment now available for stations that have experienced a broadcast impacting emergency.
Learn More
metapub orange

MetaPub®

MetaPub is radio for the 21st century. MetaPub enables public radio listeners to see additional content on the end- user screens.
Learn More
Purple HUB Icon

Radio Network Distribution

Enables networks to send programming to stations without incurring head-end costs.
Learn More
time changes icon

Time Changes

Check when the transition from standard time to daylight-saving time will occur for the Spring and Fall.
Learn More
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Satellites

Learn more about Galaxy 16 C-Band and Ku-Band satellite coverage.
Learn More
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Our Mission

NPR Distribution works in partnership with producers, distributors and broadcast stations to provide interconnection for the entire public radio system. Consistent delivery of best-in-class technology, process, business practice, and 24-hour customer service in an ever-evolving environment ultimately serves the audiences of public radio.

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Our Mission

NPR Distribution works in partnership with producers, distributors and broadcast stations to provide interconnection for the entire public radio system. Consistent delivery of best-in-class technology, process, business practice, and 24-hour customer service in an ever-evolving environment ultimately serves the audiences of public radio.

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Tools

Solar outages occur on a predictable schedule and affect downlinks in the U.S. for about five consecutive days, for as many as six minutes a day, twice each year. To obtain solar outage information for your location, click on your state in the drop-down menu below. * All times ET

Alabama March 5 - 8, 1:54 p.m. Oct. 4 - 8, 2:31 p.m.
Alaska (Anchorage)Feb. 27 - March 2, 1:35 p.m.Oct. 12 - 14, 2:13 p.m.
Alaska (Barrow)Feb. 26 - 28, 1:39 p.m.Oct. 13 -15, 2:13 p.m.
Alaska (Fairbanks)Feb. 26 - March 2, 1:37 p.m.Oct. 12 - 15, 2:11 p.m.
Alaska (Southern)Feb. 27 - March 2, 1:36 p.m.Oct. 4 - 8, 2:31 p.m.
ArizonaMarch 5 - 8, 1:40 p.m.Oct. 5 - 8, 2:16 p.m.
ArkansasMarch 4 - 8, 1:51 p.m.Oct. 5 - 9, 2:28 p.m.
California (Los Angeles)March 4 - 8, 1:37 p.m.October 5 - 8, 2:13 p.m.
California (Northern)March 3 - 6, 1:36 p.m.October 7 - 10, 2:12 p.m.
California (San Francisco)March 3 - 7, 1:36 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:12 p.m.
ColoradoMarch 2 - 6, 1:45 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:21 p.m.
ConnecticutMarch 2 - 6, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:36 p.m.
DelawareMarch 2 - 6, 1:58 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:34 p.m.
District of ColumbiaMarch 3 - 6, 1:59 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:35 p.m.
Florida (Miami)March 7 - 11, 1:58 p.m.Oct. 2 - 5, 2:36 p.m.
Florida (Tallahassee)March 6 - 9, 1:55 p.m.Oct. 4 - 7, 2:33 p.m.
GeorgiaMarch 4 - 8, 1:55 p.m.Oct. 5 - 8, 2:33 p.m.
HawaiiMarch 10 - 13, 1:16 p.m.Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 1:56 p.m.
IdahoMarch 1 - 5, 1:40 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:15 p.m.
Illinois (Chicago)March 2 - 5, 1:54 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:29 p.m.
Illinois (Springfield)March 3 - 6, 1:52 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:29 p.m.
IndianaMarch 3 - 6, 1:54 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:29 p.m.
IowaMarch 2 - 5, 1:50 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:26 p.m.
KansasMarch 3 - 6, 1:48 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:32 p.m.
KentuckyMarch 3 - 7, 1:55 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:32 p.m.
LouisianaMarch 5 - 9, 1:51 p.m.Oct. 4 - 7, 2:29 p.m.
MaineMarch 1 - 5, 2:02 p.m.Oct. 8 -12, 2:37 p.m.
MarylandMarch 3 - 6, 1:59 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:35 p.m.
MassachusettsMarch 2 - 5, 2:01 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:36 p.m.
MichiganMarch 2 - 5, 1:55 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:31 p.m.
MinnesotaMarch 1 - 5, 1:51 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:26 p.m.
MississippiMarch 5 - 8, 1:53 p.m.Oct. 5 - 8, 2:30 p.m.
MissouriMarch 3 - 6, 1:50 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:26 p.m.
MontanaMarch 1 - 4, 1:44 p.m.Oct. 9 - 12, 2:19 p.m.
NebraskaMarch 2 - 5, 1:48 p.m.Oct. 7- 11, 2:24 p.m.
NevadaMarch 3 - 6, 1:38 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:14 p.m.
New HampshireMarch 2 - 5, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 8 -11, 2:36 p.m.
New JerseyMarch 3 - 6, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:36 p.m.
New MexicoMarch 4 - 8, 1:43 p.m.Oct. 5 - 9, 2:20 p.m.
New YorkMarch 2 - 6, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 7 - 10, 2:36 p.m.
North CarolinaMarch 4 - 7, 1:58 p.m.Oct. 5 - 9, 2:34 p.m.
North DakotaFeb. 28 - March 4, 1:47 p.m.Oct. 9 - 13, 2:22 p.m.
OhioMarch 3 - 6, 1:55 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:31 p.m.
OklahomaMarch 4 - 7, 1:48 p.m.Oct. 5 - 9, 2:25 p.m.
OregonMarch 1 - 5, 1:38 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:13 p.m.
PennsylvaniaMarch 2 - 6, 1:58 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:34 p.m.
Puerto RicoMarch 10 - 13, 2:06 p.m.Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2:46 p.m.
Rhode IslandMarch 2 - 6, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 7 - 11, 2:36 p.m.
South CarolinaMarch 4 - 8, 1:57 p.m.Oct. 5 - 8, 2:34 p.m.
South DakotaMarch 1 - 5, 1:47 p.m.Oct. 8 - 12, 2:22 p.m.
TennesseeMarch 4 - 8, 1:54 p.m.Oct. 6 - 9, 2:31 p.m.
Texas (Amarillo)March 4 - 7, 1:45 p.m.Oct. 5 - 9, 2:23 p.m.
Texas (Austin)March 5 - 9, 1:48 p.m.Oct. 3 - 7, 2:25 p.m.
Texas (San Antonio)March 6 - 9, 1:47 p.m.Oct. 3 - 7, 2:24 p.m.
UtahMarch 3 - 6, 1:41 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:17 p.m.
VermontMarch 2 - 5, 2:00 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:36 p.m.
VirginiaMarch 3 - 7, 1:58 p.m.Oct. 6 - 9, 2:35 p.m.
WashingtonFeb. 28 - March 4, 1:38 p.m.Oct. 9 - 12, 2:13 p.m.
West VirginiaMarch 3 - 6, 1:44 p.m.Oct. 6 - 10, 2:20 p.m.
WisconsinMarch 2 - 5, 1:52 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:28 p.m.
WyomingMarch 2 - 5, 1:43 p.m.Oct. 8 - 11, 2:19 p.m.

To tune your satellite antenna to receive NPR Distribution C-Band transmissions from Intelsat’s Galaxy 16, you need two pieces of information:

Elevation: The angle of the satellite (0 to 90 degrees) above true horizontal relative to the location you select.

Azimuth: The compass direction, relative to magnetic north.

If your city is not listed below, please visit DishPointer.com
AnchorageAzimuth (true): 125.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 109.8°
Elevation: 9.1°
AtlantaAzimuth (true): 205.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 210.4°
Elevation: 47.7°
BaltimoreAzimuth (true): 213.0°
Azimuth (magn.): 224.2°
Elevation: 38.9°
BostonAzimuth (true): 218.2°
Azimuth (magn.): 232.7°
Elevation: 33.5°
ChicagoAzimuth (true): 196.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 200.8°
Elevation: 40.3°
CincinnatiAzimuth (true): 202.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 208.2°
Elevation: 42.3°
ClevelandAzimuth (true): 205.2°
Azimuth (magn.): 213.6°
Elevation: 38.9°
DallasAzimuth (true): 184.0°
Azimuth (magn.): 181.0°
Elevation: 51.8°
DenverAzimuth (true): 170.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 162.7°
Elevation: 43.6°
FairbanksAzimuth (true): 128.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 111.6°
Elevation: 7.7°
HonoluluAzimuth (true): 102.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 92.9°
Elevation: 20.7°
HoustonAzimuth (true): 187.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 185.1°
Elevation: 55.1°
JuneauAzimuth (true): 140.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 121.1°
Elevation: 17°
Kansas CityAzimuth (true): 187.0°
Azimuth (magn.): 185.5°
Elevation: 44.5°
Los AngelesAzimuth (true): 148.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 136.2°
Elevation: 45.4°
MiamiAzimuth (true): 218.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 225.0°
Elevation: 53.3°
MinneapolisAzimuth (true): 188.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 188.0°
Elevation: 37.9°
New OrleansAzimuth (true): 197.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 198.6°
Elevation: 53.7°
New York CityAzimuth (true): 215.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 228.4°
Elevation: 36.4°
PhiladelphiaAzimuth (true): 214.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 226.6°
Elevation: 37.6°
PittsburghAzimuth (true): 208.0°
Azimuth (magn.): 217.3°
Elevation: 39.3°
PortlandAzimuth (true): 148.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 133.2°
Elevation: 32.6°
SacramentoAzimuth (true): 146.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 133.0°
Elevation: 39.5°
San FranciscoAzimuth (true): 144.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 131.3°
Elevation: 39.8°
San JuanAzimuth (true): 243.9°
Azimuth (magn.): 257.3°
Elevation: 46.9°
SeattleAzimuth (true): 149.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 134.1°
Elevation: 30.8°
St. LouisAzimuth (true): 193.9°
Azimuth (magn.): 195.7°
Elevation: 44.3°
TampaAzimuth (true): 212.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 218.2°
Elevation: 52.6°
TucsonAzimuth (true): 158.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 148.7°
Elevation: 50.3°
Washington, D.C.Azimuth (true): 212.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 223.5°
Elevation: 39.5°

To tune your satellite dish to receive NPR Distribution Ku-Band transmissions from Intelsat’s Galaxy 17, you need two pieces of information:

Elevation: The angle of the satellite (0 to 90 degrees) above true horizontal relative to the location you select.

Azimuth: The compass direction, relative to magnetic north.

If your city is not listed below, please visit DishPointer.com
AnchorageAzimuth (true): 117.9°
Azimuth (magn.): 102.1°
Elevation: 5.7°
AtlantaAzimuth (true): 191.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 197.1°
Elevation: 50.1°
BaltimoreAzimuth (true): 202.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 213.2°
Elevation: 42.1°
BostonAzimuth (true): 208.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 222.8°
Elevation: 37.1°
ChicagoAzimuth (true): 185.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 189.1°
Elevation: 41.5°
CincinnatiAzimuth (true): 190.2°
Azimuth (magn.): 196.2°
Elevation: 44.2°
ClevelandAzimuth (true): 193.9°
Azimuth (magn.): 202.3°
Elevation: 41.1°
DallasAzimuth (true): 169.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 166.3°
Elevation: 51.3°
DenverAzimuth (true): 158.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 150.7°
Elevation: 41.8°
FairbanksAzimuth (true): 120.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 103.9°
Elevation: 4.8°
HonoluluAzimuth (true): 98.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 89.3°
Elevation: 13°
HoustonAzimuth (true): 171.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 169.0°
Elevation: 55°
JuneauAzimuth (true): 132.0°
Azimuth (magn.): 113.0°
Elevation: 14°
Kansas CityAzimuth (true): 174.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 172.9°
Elevation: 45°
Los AngelesAzimuth (true): 137.4°
Azimuth (magn.): 125.6°
Elevation: 40.9°
MiamiAzimuth (true): 203.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 210.7°
Elevation: 57.6°
MinneapolisAzimuth (true): 176.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 176.7°
Elevation: 31.8°
New OrleansAzimuth (true): 181.9°
Azimuth (magn.): 183.0°
Elevation: 55.1°
New York CityAzimuth (true): 205.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 217.9°
Elevation: 39.8°
PhiladelphiaAzimuth (true): 203.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 215.9°
Elevation: 41°
PittsburghAzimuth (true): 196.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 206.0°
Elevation: 41.9°
PortlandAzimuth (true): 139.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 123.9°
Elevation: 29°
SacramentoAzimuth (true): 136.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 123.2°
Elevation: 35.3°
San FranciscoAzimuth (true): 135.1°
Azimuth (magn.): 121.7°
Elevation: 35.3°
San JuanAzimuth (true): 235.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 249.0°
Elevation: 54.3°
SeattleAzimuth (true): 140.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 124.8°
Elevation: 27.4°
St. LouisAzimuth (true): 181.3°
Azimuth (magn.): 183.0°
Elevation: 45.2°
TampaAzimuth (true): 197.8°
Azimuth (magn.): 203.6°
Elevation: 56°
TucsonAzimuth (true): 145.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 136.1°
Elevation: 46.7°
Washington, D.C.Azimuth (true): 201.6°
Azimuth (magn.): 212.4°
Elevation: 42.6°

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