Engineering Notices 

July 24, 2018: Translators in McCall, Donnelly and New Meadows area will experience signal outages on Wednesday July 25th after 5 pm. The outages are due to microwave replacement work. We plan to have the work completed by 8 pm. Cable One and satellite viewers will not see any disruptions. Thank you for your patience.

May 14, 2018: Sandpoint and areas north of there are currently off the air due to an equipment failure at the St. Joe Baldy translator site. A repair crew will be dispatched to the site tomorrow to restore power. Until then we will be off the air. We apologize and appreciate your patience.

April 25, 2018: The St. Maries translator is down due to equipment failure at the St. Joe Baldy translator site. Our crew is in the process of figuring out how to get to the site to troubleshoot and repair the translator. This time of year travel to the mountaintop sites is challenging, especially this site. We are estimating this repair will take 2-4 weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

March 14, 2018: The Treasure Valley is off the air. There was a power bump at the KAID transmitter site at 5:20am this morning which caused something to lock up. We can't seem to restore operation remotely, so a repair crew is on their way up the transmitter site.

March 7, 2018: The Boise transmitter is off the air. We are working on restoring our broadcast and apologize for the inconvenience.

February 23, 2018: We are experiencing intermittent technical difficulties with a key piece of our program delivery system. The issue affects the entire state. It has been happening since early Thursday (2/22/18). We are working with the manufacturer to resolve the issue as quickly as we can, but as with all items that are intermittent, a permanent fix remains to be discovered. Please standby!

We really appreciate your patience and encouraging messages!

February 22, 2018: The Boise Signal is down. We are working to bring our programming back as quickly as possible.

January 23, 2018: The Snowbank Mtn. to Brundage Microwave is currently down. Technicians found the problem earlier today but parts will need to be sourced down in Boise. We hope to have the system back up and operational by Wednesday afternoon if all goes well.

This outage affects the communities in the north end of Valley County; specifically McCall, New Meadows and Donnelly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

November 1, 2017: As of October 31st, IdahoPTV viewers in and around the Cottonwood Butte vicinity (Cottonwood, Grangeville, Ferdinand etc.) will receive the KUID-TV signal via channel 35. This is a change from channel 46 that was previously serving the area. The change was made after the recent FCC Spectrum auction, during which businesses bought frequencies used by small TV stations.

**Viewers will need to perform a re-scan of their DTV sets or tuners in order to lock the new channel into their individual channel maps

October 23, 2017: In order to comply with FCC regulations, our outbound signal in Soda Springs was unexpectedly moved over the weekend. IdahoPTV signals are now located on channel 34 in Soda Springs and surrounding areas.

The signal change has also temporarily knocked out service to Lava Hot Springs, Georgetown and Montpelier. We hope to get up to those sites and adjust our inputs so that IdahoPTV can be received and re-broadcast on their licensed channels in Lava Hot Springs (14) and Georgetown (15).

We apologize for the outage and appreciate your patience as we strive to reset our translators in your area.

September 19, 2017:

Power was restored this evening around 6:00 p.m.

State microwave services has a microwave outage and has sent technicians to access the outage. This outage affects service to both our KUID and KCDT transmitters and all translators that rebroadcast their signals.

Viewers who watch IdahoPTV on channels 12 or 26 (45) will not have access to our over-the-air broadcasts until the microwave is repaired.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

September 7, 2017: KISU-TV and ALL eastern Idaho communities that receive IdahoPTV will have at least two rather long outages this weekend.

    The outages will take place:
  • Friday night, September 8 beginning at 11:00 p.m. and running until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
  • Saturday night, September 9 beginning at 11:00 p.m. and running until 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
  • It's possible that the outage will occur again from Sunday night, September 10 beginning at 11:00 p.m. and running until 6 a.m. Monday morning.

A TV station very close to us (KIFI) is having tower maintenance performed during these hours and in order to protect their workers, we must shut down our broadcasts.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause and thank you for your patience.

August 9, 2017: We are still at reduced power in the Cottonwood/Grangeville area due to equipment failure, and pending channel change as required by the FCC. Estimated completion date for both projects is slated for late October. Thank you for your continued patience.

June 13, 2017: We are at reduced power in the Cottonwood/Grangeville area due to equipment failure. Some viewers may be affected, depending on location. The repair date is estimated to be mid-July. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused our viewers.

May 8, 2017: We have had a few reports from the Salmon area that we've down since Saturday, May 6th. As of today, Monday, May 8th, we're checking into this and working to resolve the problem. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: An engineer was able to access our equipment at Summit on Monday, May 8, and thought he had fixed the problem. However we received information today that there is still a problem, so he is on his way back to Summit.

UPDATE #2#: Monday, May 8, a local translator district technician was able to access the site and reset our microwave receiver which had shut down for some unknown reason. Service should be restored now. Please be sure to contact us if there are any outages--you, the viewer, are our eyes and ears out in the translator-serviced communities! Happy viewing!

March 31, 2017: We are experiencing an outage in Boise today. It is expected to take 3 to 4 hours to fix. As we get more information, we will keep this updated.

February 17, 2017: The state microwave that we share has gone down at Doe Point. Technicians are on their way up to try and restore operation as of 11:30am 2/17/17. The signals that feed KIPT-Twin Falls and KISU-Pocatello/Idaho Falls are interrupted due to this outage, as well as all translators that re-broadcast their signals. Please stand by…

December 7th, 2016: The Snowbank Mountain translator has been repaired and we're back on the air.

December 6th, 2016: The Snowbank Mountain translator is down. As a result, the signal is down in Council, Cambridge, Cascade and Midvale. Weather permitting, an engineer will head up to Snowbank tomorrow.

November 29th, 2016: It appears that our relay translator up on Snowbank Mountain has failed. This will affect the communities of Cascade, Council, Cambridge and Midvale. With the recent storms, site access is limited, but we will get up there as soon as we can safely do so. Thanks for your patience.

November 22nd, 2016: Time Warner system-wide outage. Affects at least North Idaho (Moscow/Pullman and Coeur d'Alene). They are working to get it back up but are unsure as to when it will happen.

November 16th, 2016: The Challis/Salmon chain is back on the air. We appreciate everyone's patience. The distances and remoteness involved make outages like this dufficult and time consuming.

November 14th, 2016: The primary microwave transmitter that services the Challis, Salmon and Leadore communities has gone down. We are working with the manufacturer to locate repair parts as quickly as possible. We apologize for the loss of signal to your community and are doing everything we can to get things back up and working as soon as possible.

November 4th, 2016: We are back to normal broadcast operations in the Boise and Treasure Valley Area. If you continue to have problems seeing our signal, please rescan your channels.

November 3rd, 2016: Due to hardware difficulties we are off the air in parts of Boise. Our engineers have been working on this problem but we do not have an ETA at this time.

October 20th, 2016: Due to tower maintenance Idaho Public Television's KISU transmitter serving Pocatello, and the surrounding translator districts will be off the air this afternoon until dark.

October 19th, 2016: Due to tower maintenance Idaho Public Television's KISU transmitter serving Pocatello, and the surrounding translator districts will be off the air for most of the daylight hours.

October 13th, 2016: This will sound pretty odd, but a hornet's nest is what took us off the air in Emmett. They had congregated inside a broken microwave feed line and totally blocked the incoming signal!! Once we figured out that we had a physical problemversus an electronic one, we were able to purge the line of the testy little critters and restore service. We've fixed the line now so this should not happen again…very odd how this one turned out.

October 12th, 2016: We received a call this morning that the Bonners Ferry translator was down. We got confirmation this afternoon that it's down. Our engineers will head up to the translator early tomorrow morning to see if they can get it back on.

October 11th, 2016: Our main transmitter was off the air most of daylight last Wednesday through Sunday. We had to end a bit early on one day due to excessive wind. Wind gusts were up to 70mph yesterday and it is also too windy today. Saturday we ran into some limitations on what type of work could be done due to the Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) being too high from neighboring broadcasters. The solution to the RFR safety issues is to acquire some special protective garments, which are likely to slow the work. Those have been ordered and are due to arrive today.

Our tower has been assembled and is now 175ft tall (was 125ft before this project). The old transmission line for the analog transmitter has been removed. The weather forecast for much of the rest of this week isn't very cooperative, but tomorrow looks good, so the crew is going to do their best to install the new transmission line (added length due to higher tower) and to reassemble our DTV antenna at its final location tomorrow. In order to conduct testing on the new equipment, we will have to operate it at somewhat reduced power until we finish the testing.

Again, we apologize for this service disruption.

October 3rd, 2016: Idaho Public Television's East Idaho station, KISU channel 10, will be having extensive work done on the tower and antenna. This will unfortunately result in reduced service between approximately October 3 and October 14. We have done what we can to reduce the impact to our valued viewers. CableOne and DirecTV viewers should not be impacted. Pocatello viewers whose antennas are pointed to Howard Mountain on the west side of town should also not be affected. Most other viewers will be impacted, especially during the daylight hours. At this time we anticipate that generally we'll be able to operate at reduced power after dark. Due to the reduced power, service may be less reliable for some viewers. Please accept our sincere apologies for this service disruption.

September 30th, 2016: Emmett viewers may still be experiencing signal outages. The translator experienced a loss of input. The microwave that provides that input is down and needs factory repairs. We are hoping for a fix by week's end. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

September 27, 2016: Burley area viewers may experience signal outages while we repair a damaged translator amplifier. The outage was noted last Saturday and we got to the site Monday to make the repair, but it was more extensive than expected and needed more attention than a field visit could provide. We hope to get service restored in the next few days.

Emmett viewers may also experience signal outages. The translator experienced a loss of input. The microwave that provides that input is down and needs factory repairs. We are hoping for a fix by week's end. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

September 23, 2016: The Boise transmitter is back online.

September 23, 2016: The Boise transmitter is off the air. We do not have an ETA at this time.

August 31, 2016: The Glenns Ferry translator is back on the air.

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
PLUS HD 1005

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