Engineering Notices 

August 30, 2016: The Glenns Ferry translator will be down until Wednesday, August 31 at noon, and possibly longer. It will be back up as soon as Idaho Power is able to make repairs to the transformer.


August 16, 2016: We are running at reduced power at our Cottonwood Translator until further notice due to an amplifier that needs to be sent back for repair.


August 10, 2016: Our signal will be down for repairs from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT on August 10-12, and possibly on August 13, in the Moscow-Pullman area and south, including Lewiston. We will also be off the air south of CDA, including St Maries.

Crews will repair the channel 12 antenna that was damaged last winter. They will also install a new LED tower lighting system. To do this work, the transmitter has to be turned off while they are working on the upper part of the tower and on the antenna. We will be back on the air when they are not working on the tower.

We will be off the air most of the day for two or possibly three days, depending on any problems the crews run into, including weather.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.


May 23, 2016:Staff were able to get on site last Friday (May 20) to assess the damage. A severe thunderstorm had been through the area a couple days earlier and our equipment along with many others at the site took a pretty bad hit from lightning.

The receiving equipment which allows us to relay KISU-TV on up to Challis, Salmon and Leadore was basically left inoperable after the lightning event. Staff assessed the damage and pulled together some spare equipment to swap out with the damaged pieces. Service was restored to the affected communities late Friday evening. Many repairs will still need to be completed before we are back up to 100%, but we are on the air for the meantime. Thanks to allthose who called and let us know we were off, we appreciate you being our eyes and ears!!


May 20, 2016: In addition to the Salmon translator being down, Challis and Leadore are off the air as well. Seems we took a hit at the microwave relay into Challis, which relays to Salmon and then on to Leadore. A technician is on the way to the microwave site in Challis to see if he can effect a quick repair.


May 19, 2016: We got the call this morning that the Salmon translator is back down again. Due to the amount of snow still on the mountain, our tech won't be able to attempt a trip up until tomorrow morning (Friday, May 20).


May 17, 2016: The Bonners Ferry translator is back up.


May 16, 2016: The Bonners Ferry translator is down, as verified by the Translator District. The road is open, so an engineer will head to the site first thing tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 17).


May 11, 2016: Engineers got to the site and were able to repair the microwave radio that was down at Challis. Salmon is back up and on.


May 10, 2016: Last week, the Salmon translator experienced a signal outage. Technicians made the trip up to Baldy yesterday and found most of the equipment working. The input signal we receive from Challis appears to be the problem. Technicians are attempting to gain site access to Challis today (Tuesday, May 10) to affect repairs.


February 5, 2016: The Garden Valley and Crouch area translators have been off the air for a few days. The origin of the outage is unknown at this time. We will attempt to access and repair them on Monday, February 8.


January 12, 2016: Due to Cable One system changes, the channel 12 cable box program stream incorrectly shows the Mountain Time feed for some viewers in Lewiston/Clarkston. Affected viewers should tune their cable box to channel 1012 to access the correct Pacific Time feed. We are working with Cable One to correct the problem as soon as possible.


December 23, 2015: IdahoPTV is back on the air in the Valley county communities of McCall, Donnelly, New Meadows and Cascade.


December 21, 2015: Due to power outages caused by recent weather, IdahoPTV is off the air in the Valley county communities of McCall, Donnelly, New Meadows and parts of Cascade. Our engineers are actively working to restore power at the site.


November 20, 2015: Viewers in the Lewiston/Clarkston area who receive Idaho Public Television’s over-the-air signal will need to rescan their TVs on Monday, November 23.


Idaho Public Television will be shifting translator channels from the present 51 to 25. This conversion will only occur in the Lewiston/Clarkston valley. The frequency change will provide a stronger signal and greatly improved coverage to Idaho Public Television viewers!

To run the “scan” function on your converter box or digital television set, press your “set-up” or “menu” button on your remote control and select "scan" or "rescan."

Consult your owner’s manual for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan.

Once the scan is complete, you will once again receive Idaho Public Television’s digital channels through your antenna.


October 23, 2015: In preparation for the November 23 channel change, IdahoPTV engineers will be making equipment changes on the Lewiston translator this afternoon. As a result, Lewiston and Clarkston will temporarily be off the air Friday afternoon. We apologize for the inconvenience.


October 22, 2015: Our engineers are currently working on getting the KCDT signal north of Coeur d'Alene back on the air. We are hopeful that the issue will be resolved later this afternoon.


October 22, 2015: UPDATE: KUID is back on the air.
Due to mandatory maintenance of transmitter output lines, the KUID transmitter will be off the air from approximately 9am to noon PT today. The translators affected are: Lewiston, Juliaetta, Kellogg, St. Maries, Cottonwood, Kamiah and Kooskia.


October 22, 2015: Our engineers are currently working on getting the KCDT signal north of Coeur d'Alene back on the air. We are hopeful that the issue will be resolved later this afternoon.


October 20, 2015: The KCDT signal north of Coeur d'Alene is still having issues and may be spotty this evening. We are aware of the problem and have repair parts on the way. Full restoration is expected by Thursday afternoon, if the parts arrive tomorrow (Wednesday, October 21).


October 19, 2015: At approximately 12:30pm PDT this afternoon we had a failure at KCDT and we are now running at less than 30% power. It appears that Dish and Direct are still receiving our signal, but we are off the air on Comcast in Spokane. Our Sandpoint translator and other systems and cable companies north of Coeur d'Alene are down or receiving intermittent signals. Our engineers are troubleshooting the problem.


September 2, 2015: Construction activity at Grand Targhee has resulted in intermittent power outages since August 28. This has caused outages of broadcast signals from TV translators for the Teton Valley, including Idaho Public Television. We anticipate there may be more intermittent outages over the next couple weeks. We will update here and on Facebook as we receive more information.


August 2, 2015: From approximately 2:00 am to 10:30 am PT, viewers in the St. Maries region may experience outages due to electrical work performed by AVISTA.


July 22, 2015: Due to some power upgrades at our transmitter site for KUID we will have to go off the air for a short period of time from approximately 8:45 am for about half an hour if things go as planned.


July 9, 2015: We are still recovering from last night's flooding so signal is intermittent throughout the state.


July 8, 2015: Idaho PTV is experienceing a loss of signal due to water in the KAID building. We will update here as we hear more information.


June 6, 2015: Idaho PTV station KAID out of Boise is experienceing a loss of signal. Our engineers are working on fixing the problem ASAP. Our current estimate is 1 hour. We will update here and on Facebook as we hear more information.


May 20, 2015: Idaho PTV station KUID out of Moscow will be experiencing a loss of transmission this morning that could potentially last for several hours. Preparations are being made to equipment in the building which will allow the planned renovation of the transmission system this coming summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but it is a necessary part of the overall project.


May 15, 2015: Monday, May 18, between midnight and 6:00 a.m. MT, Cox Cable will be working on equipment in the Wood River Valley area. As a result, IdahoPTV will be off the air during that time.


May 11, 2015: Coeur d'Alene's viewing area, as well as the Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry translators are back online.


May 7, 2015: On Monday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. PT, for approximately 2 to 3 hours, the IdahoPTV Coeur d'Alene station KCDT will be offline for electrical maintenance and repair. This will affect the KCDT viewing area as well as the Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry translators. Additionally, all other programming distributors who carry KCDT signals will experience the same disruption. These include cable TV providers Suddenlink, Northland, Time Warner and Comcast, as well as satellite TV providers Dish Network and DirecTV.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


April 21, 2015: Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to air Science Trek: Water today. Instead we will present Science Trek: Earth. Science Trek: Water will be rescheduled to premiere next Tuesday, April 28th at 2:00pm/1:00pm MT/PT.

We apologize for this last minute program change.


March 4, 2015: Southeast Idaho CableOne subscribers may experience difficulties receiving the IdahoPTV KISU channels 10-2 through 10-4. The problem is not one that KISU can do anything about; it is a CableOne issue that they are working to resolve as soon as possible. To the best of KISU's knowledge, none of the southeast Idaho translators or the main channel 10 broadcast are affected.


February 12, 2015: Last night around 7:00 p.m. MT we lost our signal on all southwest Idaho channels. Our engineers headed up to the site and worked to restore power and by 10:15.p.m. MT we were back on air.

We are currently not up to full strength and are waiting on parts to come in to complete repairs, but reports from viewers indicate that they are able to receive us now.

If you are still unable to get a signal as of this morning, please perform a rescan.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.


February 9, 2015: Over the weekend, a wet winter storm knocked out power to the Sandpoint Baldy translator site (K30LS). The emergency back-up power generator did not start. An electrician is headed to the site today (Monday) with hopes of restoring electrical power to the facility. The Sandpoint translator is also the input signal for Priest Lake/Coolin (K42GT) and Bonner's Ferry (K44KK) communities. We apologize for the extended outage.


February 2, 2015: We were able to repair the transmission system Friday. Table Rock and Emmett translators should operate as normal.


January 29, 2015:

Update: Table Rock translator and Emmett Translator viewers will be off-line until we can find a permanent fix to the signal delivery gear that has failed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update: We identified the problem gear, and have performed a temporary work-around while we research further repair options. Hope to have everything back to normal as soon as possible!

KAID-Boise is having some trouble with a key piece of transmission gear today (Thursday Morning/Afternoon). Engineers are on their way to the site to evaluate and make adjustments. We hope to have things up and running before this evening's programming.


January 21, 2015: According to a legal notice in the December 5, 2014 issue of the Idaho Statesman, CableOne reorganized their channel lineup beginning January 6, 2015.

The new lineup is as follows; you may need to re-scan in order to find us again:

Channel Name New Channel No.
KAID (Stnd Def) 4
IDPTV HD 1004
PLUS HD 1005
LEARN/CREATE SD 45
WORLD SD 46
KIDS SD 47

If you have any additional questions please call our main office at 208-373-7220.