PRESS RELEASE — Wednesday, April 4, 2013
For Information Call Anne Peterson at 208-373-7368
           or Bob Evancho at 373-7369

New Translator Provides Free IdahoPTV Signal to Southern Wood River Valley

Idaho Public Television has installed a new translator that now serves parts of the southern Wood River Valley. The new equipment provides a digital signal that should reach viewers in the valley’s Bellevue triangle — the town of Bellevue and north to central Hailey, possibly even farther.

The new translator sends an over-the-air digital signal that is found on UHF Channel 22 and provides four subchannels of free IdahoPTV programming. An outdoor antenna with UHF capability, ideally mounted to the roof and pointed toward the Picabo Hills antenna farm, will be required to capture the signal, says Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology. Because of some terrain blockage, it is believed that Picabo residents will be unable to receive the signals from the new translator.

Idaho Public Television operates 43 translators statewide with the addition of the lower Wood River Valley operation.

If viewers are located in parts of the valley where they can’t get IdahoPTV’s over-the-air broadcasts, all four channels are now available via cable from Cox Communications.

The Robert Gardner family of Hailey has allowed Idaho Public Television to place the translator on their property, and Idaho Power provided assistance in the installation of the translator.

To help with the new service, Idaho Public Television engineers are looking for a few over-the-air Wood River Valley viewers who get their signal using an antenna in the new broadcast area, and who would be willing to e-mail IdahoPTV about reception issues should they occur. If interested, please call (208) 373-7220 and ask for engineering.