Bullfrog-TV Translator Station



We pulled the modulator for channel 33, CBS for repair yesterday, April 30th. That channel will be down until work is completed. We hope to reinstall equipment before the ski area closes.


UHF Channel                         Denver Channel                                Call Letters

            27                                            7 (ABC)                                         KMGH      

            30                                            6 (PBS)                                         KRMA      

            33                                            4 (CBS)                                         KCNC    

            36                                             2 (CW)                                           KWGN       

            39                                            9 (NBC)                                         KUSA

For problems with the TV Translator, please call 970-726-8968.

Members of the public wishing to make comment regarding the TV Translator System may do so by 
clicking the following link to take a brief survey or email
Click here to take the TV survey.

In September of 1988, the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District ("the District"), with the permission of Winter Park Recreational Assoc. and the National Forest Service, installed a receive/transmit tower at the top of the Mary Jane ski area to re-broadcast Denver television stations to the Winter Park/Fraser Valley. This low-power television translator is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Currently, the District holds five FCC licenses and provides five channels of UHF band television. An external UHF antenna with line of sight to the signal source is required to receive these television signals. To date, the District has invested over $200,000 in equipment, installation and maintenance of this operation.

Due to the FCC mandate to convert all primary broadcast analog television signals to digital, the District evaluated the options for the current television translator system and made the decision to purchase commercial satellite downlink of signals. This is a commercial agreement with Dish Network that allows us to receive satellite signals from a typical satellite dish receiver and then rebroadcasts that signal in analog and to our users. By continuing to broadcast analog signals, users in the valley (that currently receive the signal) need not change sets or get a converter box but will continue receiving analog signal as usual. 

While the June 12, 2009 deadline for ending analog broadcasts did not apply to television translator stations, the FCC may require these stations to convert to digital broadcasting sometime in the near future. The FCC is currently considering the remaining issues involved with the low-power digital transition and will make decisions regarding these stations in the future.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the District is able to utilize this service.  For the most part, one must have a direct line of sight to the Mary Jane ski mountain where the translator equipment resides. 

Unlike cable or satellite service, many factors can affect the quality of over-the-air signals. The very best signals the District can provide will never match those provided by cable or satellite. However, the cost to you, the taxpayer, is a fraction of the cost of cable or satellite.

At any point in the re-transmission process equipment problems can and do arise, with repairs sometimes taking several days or even weeks (if parts need to be sent out for repair).  The District has a television monitor at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex  where staff is able to monitor the quality of the stations.  This is our best way of understanding what is happening at the satellite station on the mountain. Although we appreciate hearing from our users when there are problems, we have no way of assessing those problems unless they are happening at our monitoring sight in Fraser.  If we do experience the same problem, we send our trained staff to assess and attempt to resolve the issue. If they are unable to resolve it, they will  call an engineer and he is usually at the site within a few days.  Often times, equipment will need to be sent out and therefore there can be a long delay in returning that station to full operation.  If there are no issues at our site or with the equipment, there are still a number of reasons that one might be experiencing problems.   Below is a checklist of equipment necessary to receive over-the-air television signals. The quality of the pictures you receive is directly related to the equipment and installation used to receive the signals.

1.         A good quality outdoor TV antenna is required. Rabbit ears or built-in antennas generally will not be enough. The antenna should be at least three feet above your roof and not in the attic underneath metal roofing. Also, if your antenna is more than 15 years old, it may need to be replaced.

2.         The lead-in wire connecting the antenna to the TV should be the round "coaxial" cable type, not the old style "twinlead" or flat wire which will result in signal loss and poor picture quality. Like antennas, cables must periodically be replaced.

3.         Connections between the antenna and lead-in wire and to the TV must be secure and impedance matching transformers used at the antenna and when needed at the TV. Ideally, leave no excess coil of lead-in wire.

4.         The antenna must be pointed at the District's transmitters which are located on the Mary Jane ski mountain. TV antennas have a "front" and "back" side and the front must be pointed in the right direction. In most cases the smaller elements or the open end of a "V" shaped antenna are the front. TV antennas work poorly, if at all, when not properly oriented.


UHF Channel                         Denver Channel                                Call Letters

            27                                            7 (ABC)                                         KMGH      

            30                                            6 (PBS)                                         KRMA                  

            36                                            4 (CBS)                                         KCNC

            33                                            2 (CW Network)                            KWGN

            39                                            9 (NBC)                                         KUSA


1.  What is a television translator or low-power television station?
A television translator station rebroadcasts the signals of a full-power television broadcast station.  Translator stations typically serve communities that cannot receive the signals of the full-power television station because they are too far away or because of geography. 

2. If I have always received analog signals from the translator, will I continue do so after the digital conversion? 

Yes. Your service will remain uninterrupted. There is a chance with the new equipment that you may have a slight change in your line of site and therefore your quality of reception.

3.  Do I need a Digital-to-Analog Converter Box?
No. With this satellite downlink our equipment will receive the digital signals from Denver and convert them to analog.  

To learn more about the low-power television please visit www.fcc.gov.cgb.consumerfacts/lptv.

We hope this information has helped you to understand the factors that can and do affect the quality of television signals provided by the District and the steps you can take to improve reception. The District staff may be reached at 726.8968 to help answer any questions or report any problems.  

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