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September 8, 2017

KTVB Repaired


We were aware of the problems viewing KTVB in Union County and we have repaired the channel. Regular viewing should be possible, though you may have to rescan. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


BMTD Staff

August 28, 2017

KTVB Outage


We are aware of the problems viewing KTVB in Union County and we are working on a solution. We hope to have the channel up and running by the end of this week. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


BMTD Staff

December 1, 2016

MY VOICE: Show support for the BMTD
Observer Upload Published Apr 13, 2016 at 01:32PM
The Blue Mountain Translator District’s conversion to the fiber-optic cable took place at noon Jan. 20. A March storm caused irreparable

damage to the new equipment atop

Mt. Fanny and forced the district to temporarily revert to the old system.

Now things appear to be more stable and the main channels are HD 1080i or 720p resolution once again. The recording studio in Portland broadcasts signals from towers in Portland and reach the viewers there for free. Our circumstances are much different. The Blue Mountain Translator District now receives the Portland network stations through a fiber optic internet connection for rebroadcast in Eastern Oregon. As a result, the district is able to deliver picture quality that is crisp with enhanced audio as well as additional channel offerings. BMTD needs residents to contribute financial support every year to continue rebroadcasting the signals, repair and replace equipment, and serve the antenna television needs of Eastern Oregon.

These recent improvements come after a year of collaboration with several entities and agencies, resulting in 21 antenna channels delivered by BMTD. The Blue Mountain Translator District would like to thank Union County 4-H Extension Service, Union County Commissioners, Skyline Towers in Portland, and WindWave Communications for working collectively to complete the fiber conversion.

This fiber project is a creative technological solution to bring broadcast television the 265 miles from Portland to Eastern Oregon. In the past, the signals were interrupted by interference between the “hops” as they traveled from site to site across Oregon, finally reaching the end of the line where we live at Mt.Fanny. If any one of those “hops” experienced an issue, we were left without television until the repairs could be performed. Now, BMTD has a direct connection with Portland through the fiber-optic cable to eliminate the previous issues.

Blue Mountain Translator District is a special district created in 1978. Its purpose is to deliver antenna television to the people of Union and Baker counties. There are 17 transmitters at three sites broadcasting network television 24/7. The main channels offered include KGW (NBC), KOIN (CBS), KATU (ABC), KPTV (FOX), KPDX (UPN), and KRCW (CW). With the new fiber connection, BMTD also delivers dot 2 and dot 3 subchannels MeTV and Grit for westerns like “Big Valley,” “Bonanza,” and “The Rifleman.”

We are too far from the main broadcast stations for it to be free. Our responsibility is to contribute the annual payment (ORS 354.690) to the Blue Mountain Translator District for using antenna television.

Contact BMTD at (541) 963-0196 for details how you can make a contribution or volunteer. Let’s not overlook the importance of antenna network television in Eastern Oregon by showing support for the Blue Mountain Translator District.

About the author

Tim Wallender is the chairman of the board of directors for the Blue Mountain Translator District.

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November 29, 2016

Live TV Display at Blue Mountain Translator District Office

Come by and visit our new office at 1655 First Street, Baker City, OR upstairs in Suite 203 8:00am-5:00pm.  You’ll see our live feed of the HD digital signal you can enjoy by using the Air TV signal Blue Mountain Translator delivers.  Call us to hook up – it’s easy.  $100/yr instead of $100/mo like Satellite and Cable TV.  Get 21 clear channels including the major network channels ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC like you’ll see in our office window.

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November 21, 2016

Translator District payments to be added to property bill

Now that property owners in Baker and Union counties have received their annual property tax statements, the board of directors of the Blue Mountain Translator District reminds members who receive a bill from the district in the statement that this is for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. Any member who did not return the July annual statement they received in 2015 will now have the district’s $100 annual usage fee for the signal added to their property tax statement in accordance with ORS 354.690.

If you believe you received this bill on your tax in error, you may write the district a note of explanation at P.O. Box 901, La Grande 97850. Each case is reviewed by the board and if the board agrees, the amount will be refunded. The fee is used to maintain, repair and update the equipment the district uses to bring television service over the mountains from Portland to rebroadcast from our three translator sites to your home antennas.

Those who want to begin using the signal, at $8.34 per month, may go to for information and advice on equipment needed to receive the best possible signal. The district has antennas and boosters available for sale at near cost.