TV/FM Translator Services

The Pitkin County TV/FM Translator maintains and operates a mountain top translator system that re-broadcasts FM radio and television signals to residents of Pitkin County and other portions of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Maintenance and Outages:


Thank you to all for reaching out to us on the translator outages.  We apologize for the delay in responding; due to the holiday weekend we were unable to address the problem until Tuesday January 22, 2019.  We have investigated the issue and are having an equipment failure caused by the recent snow and cold weather on Sunlight Peak, where we receive most of the TV stations from Grand Junction.  We have attempted to resolve the problem remotely, however it appears we will need to go up to the site to resolve it in person.  We are currently short-staffed but are attempting to schedule a day to haul the snowcat to the base of the mountain to resolve the issue during the first couple of weeks of February. Thank you for your patience. If you have further questions please email   

 We apologize for the outage and are working to have the 8’s back on the air as soon as possible.


Thomasville Viewers: 

Thanks to everyone for filling us in on the state of TV in the Frying Pan Valley. After talking to our engineers it is not looking like there will be a fix until late summer to the in and out reception of the 4s. The Thomasville site is only accessible by helicopter so that cost factor has ruled out a visit until the snow melts.

The good news is we are working on permits and plans for a rebuild of the Thomasville site and Red Hill above the Ruedi marina for the summer of 2019. When both of these are finished, hopefully by the end of the summer, we will have new state of the art equipment and shelters and be able to monitor everything from our offices. This should keep the TV signals coming on a more reliable basis.


Thomasville Viewers: The transmitter that broadcasts Channel 18 (PBS, VMe and Create) is down. County staff plans to hike to the site the week of 6/18 to determine the issue. We will provide updates to the website as soon as we learn more information. 


Denver TV Stations:  County staff have been investigating options to restore the lost network stations that were rebroadcast from Denver on the Translator network.

We currently rebroadcast the following stations from Grand Junction: 4-1 FOX, 4-2 CBS, 4-3 Escape, 4-4 Grit, 18-1 PBS, 18-2 Vme and 18-3 Create. We also broadcast 11-1 Community Government (CGTV) and 12-1 GrassRoots (GRTV) out of Aspen.

Adding Grand Junction over-the-air stations to replace the lost stations appears to be the most viable solution of the current options. This solution will provide the following stations: 3-1 Heroes & Icons, 8-1 ABC, 8-2 CW and 22-1 Movies. All major network stations will be available with the exception of NBC. The equipment installation need for this service can be completed by early fall 2018.

  1. System Overview
  2. TV / FM Stations 
  3. TV Reception / Antennas
  4. System Update
  • Funding for this service comes from a dedicated Pitkin County mill levy of 0.374. The cost to the taxpayer is $1.42 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
  • Translator Advisory Board (TAB)

Report a Problem

To report problems with the system, please call 920-5395 or email us. Please provide the nature of the outage, your location and a call back number; someone will contact you within 24 hours.

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