Fraser Valley Rec District working out bugs in new TV signals |

Fraser Valley Rec District working out bugs in new TV signals

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Installation of the Fraser Valley’s new television translator system has taken place, but a few bugs still need to be worked out.

At Tuesday’s Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District board meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Ledin reported that a new satellite dish and its related equipment has been set up atop Mary Jane Mountain, where the rest of the district’s television translator equipment has been located for the past several years.

Ledin said television signals were “down for 24 hours” earlier this month when the new equipment was first being installed.

Since then, problems have been experienced by local viewers who have been trying to watch Denver television stations Channel 4 (CBS) and Channel 7 (ABC).

“Currently, we have three of our five channels working,” Ledin said. “Hopefully by next week, our engineer will have all five of our channels up and running.”

The new satellite gear was installed to ensure that television reception by Fraser Valley residents will continue after Feb. 17, 2009, when all U.S. television broadcast are required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to switch entirely to digital signals. When that happens, analog TV sets will no longer receive broadcasts unless they have converter boxes.

At their Oct. 28 meeting, the FVMRD directors approved spending $14,652 to buy a satellite dish and related equipment in a commercial agreement with a satellite television provider. That equipment allows the district to receive satellite signals, convert and transmit them in analog format to local TV users.

The new satellite system is continuing the television service that the FVMRD has been providing to valley residents since 1988. Over the past 20 years, the rec district has invested more than $200,000 in equipment, installation and maintenance for its television equipment on Mary Jane Mountain.

The Denver television stations that will continue to be transmitted through the district’s TV translator equipment are: KMGH-Channel 7 (ABC), KRMA-Channel 6 (PBS), KCNC-Channel 4 (CBS), KWGN-Channel 2 (CW Network) and KUSA-Channel 9 (NBC).

FVMRD is one of the few recreation districts in the state of Colorado to provide television translator service to its residents.