Attention SALMON and LEADORE area viewers: During Thursday’s re-channeling of the Salmon translator, our technicians experienced a complete amplifier failure. Our signal in the Salmon and Leadore areas is currently off the air. Engineers are working to rebuild the amplifier, but there’s no timeline yet for the signal to be restored. We’ll post notices on our website (idahoptv.org) as we receive updates. [Sept. 14]
In mid-September, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting from the translator near Salmon, Idaho, will be re-channeled.
Between Sept. 13 and 16, viewers in the area who receive IdahoPTV 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.
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 Salmon translator sits in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels or terminate operations entirely. IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to continue broadcasting in the 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 Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”