In August, the KUID-TV signal broadcasting from the translator at Wardner Peak will be re-channeled. This translator serves viewers in the Kellogg, Wardner, Pinehurst and Smelterville areas.
Between August 1 and 15, viewers in these areas who receive the KUID signal via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to receive the updated channels.
Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.
If the rescan does not display the new channel, it may be necessary to follow these additional steps:
- Turn off the television set or converter box
- Unplug the power to the TV or box
- Disconnect the antenna from the TV or box
- Wait 10 minutes
- Plug the power back into the TV or box
- Rescan the channels with the antenna still unattached
- When the scan is complete, reattach the antenna and rescan channels again.
According to Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology, the Wardner Peak translator serves the Kellogg area and repeats or translates the KUID-TV signal from Moscow.
Last year, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Kellogg translator sits right in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels no later than October 17, 2018. IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to remain whole in the Silver Valley area.
“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Van Genderen. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”