Low-power signal may affect reception near Coeur d’Alene

The Idaho Public Television over-the-air signal in the Coeur d’Alene area is temporarily broadcasting at lower than normal power. Some viewers on the outskirts of our coverage area may be experiencing an interruption in reception. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

We are in the process of installing a new transmitter and antenna at our Canfield Butte site in Coeur d’Alene. To accomplish this we are using a temporary transmitter and antenna while the new installation is being completed, and we are currently running at a substantially lower power.

This is the first step in a re-channeling process that will give the Coeur d’Alene area a new transmitter with improved signal strength on a new frequency by October 18.

Around October 18, when this process is complete and the new transmitter is operational, viewers in the Coeur d’Alene area who receive our signal over-the-air will need to “rescan” their TV tuners to find us again. After rescanning, viewers will continue to receive IdahoPTV on virtual channel 26.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

Here is some background on why this is happening: the current transmitter is broadcasting on frequency channel 45 (received by TV tuners as virtual channel 26). The FCC by virtue of funding raised in their Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction is funding the costs for this new equipment. The new transmitter will broadcast on over-the-air channel 18, which will continue to be identified by TV tuners as virtual channel 26.

In 2017, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, spectrum in the 600 MHz block of television channels across the continental United States was auctioned off to bolster cellular networks. The Coeur d’Alene transmitter sits in the middle of this auctioned spectrum and is required to relinquish that channel by October 18 and move to the new channel allocation. IdahoPTV was assigned a new channel (18) to continue broadcasting in the area.

“While this undertaking has been a very large task, we are fortunate that the burden of cost has not been a factor in making the adjustment, since the Congress and FCC have provided the necessary funding,” says Rich Van Genderen, IdahoPTV’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

Daniel Tiger Is Coming to Town!

In September, Idaho families will have a rare opportunity to meet Daniel Tiger, the star of the wildly popular, award-winning PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The show is the first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and airs on Idaho Public Television.

Daniel is visiting Idaho to appear at a series of public events slated for September 12-16. His visit to Idaho is being sponsored by Idaho Public Television, IDeal—Idaho 529 College Savings Program, and Albertsons.

Families can register to meet and take a photo with Daniel Tiger at several public events. Events are free and open to the public, but space is limited.  Families must register to meet Daniel Tiger at idahoptv.org/support_new/membership/danielTigerEvent.cfm.

Daniel’s public appearance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Idaho Statehouse, Lincoln Auditorium, 700 W. Jefferson Street, Boise

Daniel Tiger will meet and take photos with children following Governor Brad Little’s proclamation of September as College Savings Month. The event will include family-friendly activities including a giant coloring mural, plinko, and tours of Idaho’s historic vault in the Treasurer’s office. Please register at idahoptv.org/support_new/membership/danielTigerEvent.cfm.

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Boise Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise

Daniel Tiger will be available for a meet & greet and photo opportunity at the Boise Public Library. The event will also include other activities for children, like face painting, coloring, plinko and story time with CapEd’s Ed Word The Book Worm. Please register at idahoptv.org/support_new/membership/danielTigerEvent.cfm.

Monday, September 16, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Albertsons Market Street, 3499 E. Fairview in Meridian

Daniel Tiger will be available to meet children and take photos. The event will also include other activities for children, like coloring, story-time with CapEd’s Ed Word the Bookworm, Plinko, and more. Please register at idahoptv.org/support_new/membership/danielTigerEvent.cfm.

‘When Apollo Came to Idaho’ Looks at the Early Days (and Future) of Astronaut Training

Some of America’s best-known astronauts visited Idaho in 1969 to train for their moon missions. But for many years, the small, supporting role Idaho played in the Apollo lunar program was unappreciated, misunderstood, even ignored.

Idaho Experience explores NASA’s past — and future — training and research at Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument in When Apollo Came to Idaho. Tune in or stream it Thursday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 PM. IdahoPTV Passport members can stream the program beginning Thursday, Aug. 29!

“The 1969 visit was part of a smart, deliberate strategy by NASA to teach geology to this corps of pilots selected as the first astronauts,” says producer Bill Manny. “These guys were, after all, going on the grandest geology field trip of all time. NASA had the astronauts visit volcanic sites all over southeast Idaho, and geological sites all over the world.”

What makes this a story worth retelling is that the space-research relationship continues at Craters of the Moon, where the varied and hostile landscape is being used to prepare scientists and astronauts for future missions to Mars.

Major funding for Idaho Experience is provided by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Anne Voillequé and Louise Nelson, Judy and Steve Meyer, the Futura Corporation, the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation, the Friends of Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Public Television Endowment, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Over-the-air Signal Change Coming to Priest Lake

On August 6 or 7, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting to the Priest Lake area will change.

Following this re-channeling of translator K42GT-D, viewers in the Priest Lake area who receive IdahoPTV via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a “rescan” of their TV tuners to find the updated signal. After rescanning, viewers will continue to receive IdahoPTV on broadcast channel 26.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

Here is some background on why this is happening: translator K42GT-D is currently broadcasting on frequency channel 42 (received by TV tuners as channel 26). Telecommunications company T-Mobile has purchased that frequency and is paying for IdahoPTV to relocate to a new channel. The new translator (K36PW-D) will broadcast on frequency channel 36, which will continue to be received by TV tuners as channel 26.

In 2017, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Priest Lake 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, IdahoPTV’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

Over-the-air Signal Change Coming to Rexburg

On August 14, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting to the Rexburg area will be re-channeled.

Following the re-channeling, viewers in the Rexburg translator area who receive IdahoPTV via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a “rescan” of their TV tuners in order to receive the updated signal. After rescanning, viewers will continue to find IdahoPTV on broadcast channel 10.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

Here is some background on why this is happening: the South Menan Butte translator (K43JD-D) that serves the Rexburg area is currently broadcasting on frequency channel 43 (received by TV tuners as channel 10). Telecommunications company T-Mobile has purchased that frequency and is paying for IdahoPTV to relocate to a new channel. IdahoPTV elected to relocate their translator to North Menan Butte, which is located closer to Rexburg. The new translator (K20MQ-D) will broadcast on frequency channel 20, which will continue to be received by TV tuners as channel 10.

In 2017, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Rexburg 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, IdahoPTV’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

Join us for ‘Kids Day’ at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic!

The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic in Ann Morrison Park begins with CapEd Kids Day on Wednesday, August 28, from 6:45 to 8:45 AM. Kids can enjoy free tethered rides aboard one of the many hot-air balloons. There will also be various activities for children available throughout Ann Morrison Park.

Find the CapEd Credit Union chalet and take home a fun and awesome activity from Idaho Public Television’s education team. This year’s activity is a Ziploc bag rocket launcher project that kids can build and launch themselves! We hope to see you there.

Join Us in Eastern Idaho for a Community Reception!

Viewers in the Pocatello and Idaho Falls areas, you’re invited to join us for a casual reception with General Manager Ron Pisaneschi, Executive Producer Bruce Reichert, Idaho Public Television Board of Directors and staff.

Following the reception, enjoy an update on all that your support makes possible. We’ll also share a sneak peek of upcoming local and national productions from IdahoPTV and PBS, including a 30-minute preview of Ken Burns’ 16-hour documentary Country Music, which will begin airing in September.

Join us for hosted hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar. The events are free, but seating is limited. Please register online by Wednesday, August 21. Please phone us at (800) 543-6868 with any questions. We hope to see you there!