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.

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Maintenance and Outages:

12/4/19

For all Redstone/Elephant Mountain viewers:
Due to the FCC Spectrum Auction, which reallocated a number of our TV RF frequencies to T-Mobile, we were forced to relocate some of our channels at Elephant.  As of 12/3 we have accordingly changed the TV channel frequencies broadcast from Elephant, so viewers will need to perform a channel rescan on their televisions to pick up all of the channels that are present.

Currently, all local TV viewers should be able to receive the 3’s (1 and 2) the 4’s (1-4) and the 18’s (1-3). We are still facing the previously posted internet outage at our office that has disabled our IP TV streams of Denver channels 2, 7, 9, and 20, as well as County Government and Grassroots TV.  Once returned we will post an update here, and viewers may need to rescan again to pick up those channels.

11/27/19

Attempts to reconnect the internet at our Basalt office have been unsuccessful. Due to the holiday more attempts to remedy the situation will be made on Monday December 2nd. We apologize for the inconvenience.

11/26/19

Unfortunately the internet connection to our office in Basalt has gone down and caused a disruption in our broadcasting of the Denver stations 7, 9, 2, 20 and local stations 11 and 12. We stream these stations to our office in Basalt and broadcast them back to the towers from there. As soon as we can get to the bottom of this outage we will have the Denver stations running again. Thanks for your continued patience.

11/18/19

Good news for Grassroots and County Government TV viewers! We are back on the air on the following towers and channels:

Sunlight: 29-1 and 4

Crown: 35-1 and 4

Williams: 32-1 and 4

Jack Rabbit: 26-1 and 4

Coming soon:

Thomasville: 8-1 and 4

Elephant: 16-1 and 4

This is only temporary as we configure/troubleshoot the encoder configuration at The Red Brick in Aspen. Eventually, all of these will once more be on 11-1 and 12-1, respectively.


11/15/19

TV viewers off of Sunlight Peak will need to do a channel rescan to receive stations 2 and 20. Pitkin County Translator has had to relocate those channels due the FCC Spectrum Auction/ TV Repack.

Viewers off of Jack Rabbit, Thomasville, and Elephant may also not receive these channels at this time.  County staff are working to bring these channels online for said viewers as soon as possible.

10/9/19


Our new Jackrabbit Tower is now working and sending TV and FM signals to Snowmass Village and Aspen. All viewers of over the air TV should rescan their TV to accept the new broadcasts.


9/27/19

TV viewers off Williams Peak need to do a full channel rescan to receive stations. County had to change most of the physical channels at Williams due to FCC spectrum reallocation. This will effect viewers in Old Snowmass and Woody Creek. Happy viewing!

9/26/19

All residents receiving over-the-air TV should now be receiving Denver channels KWGN and KTVD on virtual channels 2-1 and 20-1, respectively.  If you are not currently seeing these channels in your televisions channel list, please perform a full over-the-air channel rescan on your television.  As these channels are newly reintroduced to the system, there may be intermittent errors or outages of these channels only. Please bear with us as we continue to improve and update the translator network.

9/4/19

Viewers and Listeners of TV and FM broadcasts off Williams peak be aware of an afternoon outage today. The crews are replacing some equipment and have to take down the system for a few hours. Please rescan your TV later this afternoon to get the updated signals. FM should come back without any efforts.


7/8/19

No Easy Fix For Lower Red Mountain Translator Power Line

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Electricians on the scene of the powerline that feeds electricity to Pitkin County’s Lower Red Mountain Translator tower have determined that there is no easy fix for the damaged line. In fact, officials agree that the entire half-mile-long powerline must be replaced in order to get Lower Red back online. 

“The powerline is over 40 years old and has years of band-aid fixes that have contributed to its deterioration,” said Pitkin County Communications Manager, Jeff Krueger. “Multiple shorts have occurred in the wiring and we can’t determine the exact location of all of them. The only way we can restore power to Lower Red is to replace the entire length of powerline,” said Krueger. 

Officials anticipate meeting with the Forest Service to determine requirements for conducting the replacement project on U.S.F.S. property. Adjacent homeowners in Starwood must also be consulted. 

The outage is impacting TV stations that rely on the translator to rebroadcast “over-the-air” signals in mountainous terrain, including over-the-air network television in the Aspen area and GrassRoots and Community Government television (CGTV) valley-wide. The Aspen Skiing Company’s Power of Four cameras also remain off the air. Cable customers are not affected. 

The solution to restoring over-the-air TV broadcasts is to relocate broadcasts that relied on Lower Red to the Jackrabbit tower above Snowmass Village. However, the current tower at Jack Rabbit is unable to support the weight of the TV antennas required to broadcast over-the-air. 

“We have only been able to relocate the KSPN radio broadcast to Jackrabbit for now,” Krueger said. “The Jackrabbit tower is in the process of being redeveloped this summer and should be completed around Labor Day. That means we won’t be able to host GrassRoots and CGTV up there until the Jack Rabbit rebuild is completed” Krueger said.  

Cable television and online radio and television service remain available in the translator outage area. 



  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)

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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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