Signal Outages / Engineering Notices
October 21, 2021: The Lewiston translator is currently running at reduced power due to the failure of an amplifier. Because we have to send the amplifier back to the manufacturer in Canada for repairs, we do not have an estimated repair date at this time. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE October 8, 2021: The St. Maries translator is currently running at reduced power. We are awaiting replacement parts and hope to return it to full power before the snow flies and we can no longer access the site.
October 5, 2021: Translator work at our St. Joe Baldy translator site will result in intermittent outages in the St. Maries viewing area through Thursday, Oct. 7.
October 1, 2021: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 and 3, KBOI will have work done on their antennas at Deer Point. As a result, we will reduce power at KAID by 50% from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM all three days. Viewers in outlying areas of the Treasure Valley may experience issues with on-air reception. The maintenance window is 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Oct 1-3. We apologize for the inconvenience.
September 23, 2021: Thursday, September 23 KTRV will be performing tower maintenance to repair damaged ice melters on their antennas at Deer Point. As a result, we will reduce power at KAID by 50%. This may affect viewers in outlying areas as well as some translators. The maintenance window is 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
UPDATE July 23, 2021: The main transmitter for Salmon and Leadore is back on the air. Viewers in those areas may need to rescan their televisions for reception. We appreciate your patience!
July 22, 2021: The broadcast signal for Salmon and Leadore is down. Engineers are en route and should have it running by noon on July 23. The main IdahoPTV channel can still be streamed via idahoptv.org or on the PBS Video App. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
June 29, 2021: The KCDT transmitter is currently experiencing technical issues that are causing some on-air reception problems. Crews are working to resolve the problem ASAP, but it may take a couple days to get to the site with the replacement parts.
UPDATE February 1, 2021: The Driggs broadcast signal is down. According to calls received, channel 10 and channel 6 are out. One of our engineers will drive up to the location first thing Tuesday morning. In the interim, an engineer is reaching out to Targhee to see if there is a power outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.
February 1, 2021: Tonight our engineers will replace equipment in master control. Outages and/or replacement programming may occur between the hours of 11:30 pm through 1:00 am Tuesday. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause to our viewers.
UPDATE January 5, 2021: The translator is still down, and will likely remain down until spring. There is a major failure with the power feed up to the site which will require an excavator get to it. Winter conditions are preventing that from happening. We will update this notice if things change. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.
December 23, 2020: The Crouch translator is down. Our engineer contacted a Garden Valley Translator District tech and was told that power up to the Crouch site is down. There is not an estimated time of repair yet. The electrical contractor has tried twice unsuccessfully to isolate the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.
September 10, 2020: KCDT is down for tower maintenance. It may be several hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
UPDATE September 10, 2020: The main transmitter for KISU/Pocatello is back on the air. We appreciate your patience!
September 9, 2020: The main transmitter for KISU/Pocatello is down. There’s no electricity from Idaho Power due to recent weather. The backup generator failed last night and KISU engineers are actively working on the issue. The ETA for repair is unknown at this time. Thank you for your patience.
July 30, 2020: We are experiencing technical issues with translators in both the Emmett and NorthEnd/East Boise areas. Technicians are working on the issue. ETA for repair is unknown right now. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
July 24, 2020: Mackay area translator is having technical issues due to an update in microwave equipment that Public Safety Communications is doing. They have technicians deployed to correct the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
July 15, 2020: The Kellogg translator is down. A team is working to troubleshoot and fix the issue. It may take a week to fix or replace parts. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
July 7, 2020: IdahoPTV translator at Albion will be turned off today for about 30 minutes in order to redress the feed line through the wall port. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
June 6, 2020: The Emmett translator is has failed. A crew is working to repair the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
UPDATE May 7, 2020: Our engineers pulled the broken amplifier at Cottonwood Butte today, and replaced it with a translator at a drastically reduced power output. Unfortunately, some viewers will be unable to get our signal until the amplifier is repaired. We estimate repair time to be 2 -4 weeks, however because it has to go to Canada, and with the Covid-19 issue, it could be longer. We apologize for this disruption.
April 29, 2020: The Cottonwood translator is running at reduced power due to an amp failure. Cottonwood and Grangeville will continue to run at reduced power until repairs can be made, which is estimated to take about a month. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
March 19, 2020: The KCDT transmitter output power will be lowered at approximately 11:30 AM PT this morning for some tower work. Although it won’t be as low as the last time we had to lower the output power, we're not sure who it will impact. We estimate that:
- It will cause some viewers with lower signal strengths to lose the signal during this time.
- It may impact the Sandpoint Translator and translators in Bonners Ferry and Priest Lake.
- Also, it may affect Dish, Direct and Comcast Cable in Spokane.
We apologize for the disruption and will return the power to normal as soon as possible.
March 18, 2020: Power outage at the Sandpoint Site that feeds the Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Priest Lake Translator areas. The power company and staff are working to get the power restored and/or get a generator running. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
January 15, 2020: To repair the North Microwave correctly we are scheduling tomorrow at 1:00pm PST/ 2:00pm MST January 16th to replace the burnt connector and fuse block at the site. This is a service affecting outage and will shutdown our Public Television feed to KUID, KCDT and all North Idaho translators and Cable companies in the Spokane area.
With the weekend coming soon and it being a Holiday weekend at that, we decided it is best to do the repair sooner versus later. The repair is estimated to take up to 15 minutes. Thank you for your patience.
January 7, 2020: The Picabo Hills translator is down. This unit serves the communities of Bellevue and most of lower Hailey in the Wood River Valley. A crew will be working on the issue. It is a very difficult site to access in good conditions and darn near impossible in bad. Let’s hope the weather cooperates. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
December 30, 2019: Public Safety Techs will be performing maintenance on the microwave feeding KUID and through it the Moscow / Pullman TW Spectrum, possibly Cable One in Lewiston and the translators fed from the KUID transmitter, Grangeville, Kamiah, Kooskia, St. Maries and Kellogg. They plan on being down between 11:00 and 11:30 AM PST. Thank you for your patience.
December 17, 2019: We have a microwave problem at Summit Reservoir that has disrupted the signal in Challis, Salmon and Leadore. A crew is working on repairs and plan to be completed by Thursday, depending on parts availability and weather conditions. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
November 12, 2019: The St. Joe Baldy Translator is down. Weather permitting, we plan to fix it Thursday, November 14th. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE October 18, 2019: Please rescan your TV tuner - Coeur d'Alene area has a new transmitter with improved signal strength. Learn more at IdahoPTV Press Room.
UPDATE October 11, 2019: KCDT will be going off the air intermittently for a few days while the tower crew is working on the new antenna. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
UPDATE September 26, 2019: Changes to the broadcast signal in the Coeur d'Alene area should be complete by mid October. Our previous estimated completion date was the end of September. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
August 27, 2019: Coeur d'Alene: Low-power broadcast may affect reception. Beginning August 27, KCDT in Coeur d'Alene will temporarily broadcast at low power. This is the first step in a re-channeling process that will ultimately give us a stronger broadcast signal in your area. Changes should be complete by the end of September. More info at IdahoPTV Press Room. Thank you for your patience.