Missing a channel? Seeing an error message? You may be experiencing a regular sun outage.
What are sun outages and how do they affect HCC cable customers? In both the spring and fall, the sun passes behind certain communications satellites once per day.
During this time, the energy from the sun will overpower the signal from the satellite, causing loss of signal, tiling and no reception at all on several channels. This can last 2 to 3 weeks and causes channels to go black for a brief period of time. Initially, outages will be gradual and slight, and can last 15-20 minutes at peak times.
On your television you may see the error messages, “one moment please, this channel will be available shortly,” error code SOAOO, or “no signal” during the time of an outage.
So what is HCC doing about this? Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring. All cable and satellite companies are affected by this semi-annual occurrence. We apologize for this programming interruption, and appreciate your patience during this time!
Watch the brief video below, from another cable operator, that explains sun outages simply.
Plenty of contests are
run by reputable companies and non-profits. But every day, people lose
thousands of dollars to prize scams. Here are some signs you’re dealing with a
have to pay
don’t make you pay a fee or buy something to enter or improve your chances of
winning — that includes paying “taxes,” “shipping and handling
charges,” or “processing fees” to get your prize. There’s also no reason
to give someone your checking account number or credit card number in response
to a sweepstakes promotion.
A skills contest where you do things like solve problems or answer questions correctly canask you to pay. But these contests also tend to get more difficult and expensive as you advance, leaving contestants with nothing to show for their money and effort.
have to wire money
You may be told to wire
money to an agent of “Lloyd’s of London” or another well-known
company — often in a foreign country — to “insure” delivery of the prize. Don’t
do it. Wiring money is like sending cash: once it’s gone, you can’t trace
it or get it back. The same goes for sending a check or money order by
overnight delivery or courier, or putting money on a prepaid debit card.
told they’re from the government — or another organization with a name that
Scammers might pretend to
be a company like HCC, which runs legitimate sweepstakes. Look for signs of a
scam, but if you’re still unsure, contact the company to find out the truth.
have to attend a sales meeting to win
If you agree to attend,
you’re likely to endure a high-pressure sales pitch. In fact, any pressure to
“act now” before you miss out on a prize is a sign of a scam.
a call out of the blue, even though you’re on the Do Not Call Registry
Once you register your
phone number for free at donotcall.gov,
unwanted telemarketing calls should stop within 30 days. Unless the company
falls under one of the exemptions, it shouldn’t be calling: it’s
Sometimes a letter you
get will say you’ve won a foreign
lottery or sweepstakes. Typically, the letter will include a check.
This is a fake check scam. Or a letter will say
they’re offering you a chance to enter a foreign lottery. The truth is that,
even if your name was entered, it’s illegal to play a foreign lottery.
Text Message Prize Offers
You get a text message
that says you’ve won a gift card or other free prize. When you go to the
website and enter your personal information, you’ll also be asked to sign up
for “trial offers” — offers that leave you with recurring monthly charges.
Worse, the spammer could sell your information to identity thieves.
When you see a spam
text offering a gift, gift card, or free service, report it to
your carrier, then delete it. Don’t reply or click on any links. Often,
they install malware on your computer and take you to
spoof sites that look real but are in business to steal your information.
Check Them Out
Scammers don’t obey the
law. To avoid a scam, you have to do some research. If you’re not sure about a
contest or promoter, try typing the company or product name into your favorite
search engine with terms like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” You also might
check it out with your state attorney general or local consumer protection
Keep in mind that many
questionable prize promotion companies don’t stay in one place long enough to
establish a track record, so if no complaints come up, it’s no guarantee that
the offer is real.
How to Report a Scam
If you think you’ve been targeted by a prize scam, close out of what ever you’re working on, and clear your browser’s history and cache. You can also report the scam to HCC by emailing the details and a screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The severe cold weather is affecting some of our customers’ services. We are monitoring our maps and trying to keep up as best we can. Please call 360.898.2481 to report outages. We are experiencing a high volume of calls at this time. If your call does not go through, please continue trying.
Thank you for your patience during this extreme weather, we hope to have everyone restored soon.
Please note, even if a customer’s house has power, there may be HCC power supplies feeding the neighborhood that are without power.
The following HCC service areas are waiting for PUD to restore power to HCC equipment: – Roadrunner-Brockdale Area
Once power is fully restored, customers may need to “power cycle” their equipment once services are restored. For information on power cycling your equipment, please call 360.898.2481.
Even though a router lacks moving parts, it needs to be maintained with the latest security updates. Easier said than done, right? Here is a basic step-by-step for how to do that:
Consult the instruction manual for your router to get its IP address—a string of numbers that you will punch into a web browser for access to the router’s web dashboard. Jot down the number and store it somewhere safe like your filing cabinet.
After entering the router’s IP address into a web browser, log in to the base station with your username and password. In the router’s web dashboard, click on the firmware settings. Look for a button that lets you check for the latest firmware version.
If an update is available, choose to install it and let the router restart. Repeat this process every three to six months.
Call customer service at 360.898.2481 and ask whether your equipment has been updated with the latest firmware.
2. Set a unique username and password
Usernames and passwords like “admin” and “password” are not unique, and are easy for hackers to guess. Many wifi stations come with generic passwords by default that manufacturers intend for you to change.
The problem with having a generic username and password is that anybody within range of your router could log in to it and change its settings, potentially opening it up to the outside world.
So while you are checking for firmware updates in your router’s web dashboard, make sure to also check your security settings and change the username and password to something strong and unique. Security experts recommend creating long, complex passwords consisting of nonsensical phrases and added numbers and special characters. (Examples: My fav0rite numb3r is Gr33n4782# or The cat ate the C0TT0n candy 224%.) Write down these credentials on the same piece of paper where you recorded your IP address.
3. Replace your router every few years
Even if your router still appears to work properly, the device has reached the end of its life when manufacturers stop supporting it with firmware updates, leaving it vulnerable to future cyberthreats. You can expect this to happen every three to five years. At that point, it is crucial to upgrade to a new piece of hardware.
The best way to check is to look up your router on the manufacturer’s website and read notes about its firmware releases, or call customer service at 360.898.2481. If there hasn’t been a firmware update in the last year, the router has probably been discontinued.
Congratulations to Vanessa Nelson, our February Employee of the Month. Continue reading below to find out why they are being recognized.
Vanessa is always positive and helpful. She has lent a lot of her time to training and onboarding our new customer service reps, and helped me keep the local channel updated and on the air, while maintaining all of her own daily work. She is a total rock star and I know I can rely on her.
do not know what I would do without Vanessa. She is incredibly knowledgeable,
patient & kind. Even when she’s swamped, she takes time to answer my
questions. She never complains about anything and never fails to help her
coworkers. I can’t thank her enough for her continued support, helpfulness and
determination. Her work ethic is amazing, and I really look up to her. I
hope to be as knowledgeable as her some day!
I was sick and not feeling good at all, Vanessa was so helpful! She was more
than willing to help the walk ins and she even jumped on my phone to help a
customer while I was having a cough attack. I am always so grateful for her
Hood Canal Communications, in partnership with Discovery, Inc. held a contest in the last quarter of 2018 to offer a cash sponsorship to a local charity. After an overwhelming response, the recipient was chosen. Thanks to a nomination by Shelton Local Virginia Brooks, The Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund will be receiving a $500 sponsorship from the two companies. The sponsorship will go toward the Fund’s annual fundraiser, Denim & Diamonds.
extremely proud of our community,” said Mike Oblizalo, General Manager and Vice
President of Hood Canal Communications. “The number of entries we received on
this contest was remarkable. And the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund is a deserving
recipient of this sponsorship.”
Oblizalo, Customer Service Manager at HCC, sits on the board of the Fund, but
was not involved in the decision process. “I was just as surprised and excited
as everyone else. The sponsorship will help make this year’s fundraiser even
of the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund is to help residents of Mason County with
medical expenses for Breast and Cervical cancer, who are uninsured or
under-insured. In addition to supporting Breast and Cervical cancer, in 2017, the
Fund added Ovarian, Uterine and Endometrial cancers, along with Gardasil
Vaccinations to prevent the HPV Virus to their mission. The Fund was
established in 2004.
Hood Canal Communications is a local communications service provider with approximately 5,500 residential and business customers in Mason County. With offices located in Union and Shelton, the company has been serving Mason County since 1934.
Congratulations to Josh Heideman, our January Employee of the Month. Continue reading below to find out why they are being recognized.
This morning I mentioned I left my
glasses in my car and I needed to run out to the parking lot and get them. Josh
said “I’ll get them!” and he took my keys and went out to my car. Above and
I am really appreciative of Josh. He
notes serial numbers in equipment and it’s such a huge help when closing
orders. It saves so much time.
Josh is so helpful on
Saturdays! Saturdays can get a bit crazy sometimes and Josh is always so
positive when I have to call stuff out to him. He never puts up a fuss and is
more than willing to help me troubleshoot with customers. Thank you Josh
for making those crazy busy Saturdays better!
Hood Canal Communications is seeking a highly motivated, technologically diverse Help Desk Specialist!
Must be a fast-learning, multi-tasked individual with excellent communication skills for troubleshooting, resolving, and documenting end user issues with various Internet Access Technologies, including Fiber to the Premise, Cable Modem, DSL, and Wireless.
Must have skills in PC ProblemSolving, Troubleshooting, and Repair, as well be knowledgeable in-home router setup and small networks. Job duties also include ISP equipment recycling, provisioning, and inventory maintenance.
To apply, send resume to ISPManager, PO Box 249, Union, WA 98592 or email email@example.com.
Hood Canal Communications is a drug free, equal opportunity employer.