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Fraser Valley viewers should notice ‘zero changes’ whent TV goes digital

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Contrary to warnings that the switch to digital television means the end of television as we have known it, Fraser Valley residents without cable or satellite do not need to rush out and buy converter boxes.

The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District is making sure TV viewers in the area see “zero change” when the official Federal Communications Commission-mandated switch takes place.

The recreation district has changed its translator system to allow for a continued analog signal after the digital conversion in February.

Viewers will continue to pick up broadcasters’ signals with a UHF antenna, said Scott Ledin, the district’s parks and recreation director.

“The Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District finished the transition of equipment for us to continue to offer an analog signal to our users,” he said.

Recognizing that the transition caused problems for at least two of the district-provided channels, Ledin said those problems are being corrected.

“The entire system should be fully operational this week, weather permitting,” Ledin said.

A new system atop Mary Jane mountain will continue the television service the recreation district has been providing to Fraser Valley residents since 1988.

Residents who have an unimpeded line of sight to the translator should receive the signal.

A new commercial satellite downlink of signals is being implemented with a commercial agreement between the district and Dish Network or Direct TV.

This will allow the district to receive satellite signals from a typical receiver and convert the signals to transmit in analog to Fraser Valley users.

To date, the district’s total cost of the transition plus repairs to existing channels is $25,000.

If the district had made the FCC-mandated switch to digital, the cost was estimated to have been around $150,000, according to the district. The district was able to curtail the official switch due to its classification as a low-power station exempted from the mandate.

The annual cost to operate the system, barring no repairs, has been and will continue to be around $7,000, Ledin said.

The Fraser Valley recreation district is one of the few districts in the state that provides this service to its residents, Ledin said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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