Transmitter Status

In preparation for some minor upgrades to our McCall site at Brundage Mountain, we are planning to sweep the antenna Wednesday. This means KBSQ, KBSM and KBSK will be off the air for a period of time.

The maintenance is scheduled for 1 p.m. and could last up to four hours, depending on how long the process takes to complete. We will update this post with specific times of outages as they become available.

Update, 1:52 p.m.: We've just learned the outage was a "scheduled maintenance event" and the estimated time for restoration is 3 p.m.

Original post: Idaho Power is reporting a power outage affecting our Salmon transmitter site, which also feeds Challis.

We thank you for your patience and will post updates to this page as they become available.

KBSU 90.3 is currently operating at 25% power. Our engineers have discovered the source of the problem and are scheduled to complete the necessary repairs Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Update: Audio has been restored to the McCall transmitters of 11:45 a.m. this morning and the affected stations are all back on the air.

Update: Technicians have determined this issue requires equipment replacement that will extend the outage on these stations through Wednesday or Thursday. Thank you for your patience as we work through these repairs.

Power Outage In Twin Falls

Nov 21, 2017

Update at 8:31 p.m. Tuesday: Power has been restored to the CSI campus and all affected stations are back up and running.

 Update at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday: Audio is restored on KBSW, KBSJ and KBSY. Shore power is still not restored. 

Original post:

KBSW is operating at 50% power as of last Wednesday. This is due to high VSWR on the antenna caused by a failing power divider. Engineers are obtaining a replacement, but in the meantime, listeners on the fringes of our coverage area (Kimberly, Gooding, Shoshone, Hazelton, Filer) will have difficulty receiving our signal without an outside antenna.

Update: As of 6:15 p.m. Friday, our T-1 circuit was repaired and service is now restored to KBSS and K213EN.

Original post: Programming on KBSS (91.1) and K213EN (90.5) dropped off Friday morning. This was caused by a "backhoe fade" when a company working on the top of Seattle Ridge accidentally cut our T-1 cable.

Our engineers are en route now to assess the situation and remedy the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Update: As of 3:25 p.m. Thursday, CenturyLink has made their repair and resolved the T-1 issue. Our engineers are currently reconfiguring our program streams back to quality levels. We appreciate your patience during this outage.

Original Post: There has been a CenturyLink T-1 Outage that is affecting the entire Parkcenter area. What does this mean? 

We have lost connectivity to Twin Falls, KBSW, KBSJ and KBSY since 6 a.m. Saturday. We also lost our connection to Deerpoint, KBSU and KBSX. We are operating on the backup STL to Deerpoint so KBSX & KBSU are on the air. 

Good news: K216CD Lower Stanley is back on the air on 91.1 FM. Our engineers were able to get the translator back up with KBSU streaming at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. They have since tweaked audio levels and processing to assure a quality signal.

Due to a record-breaking winter and a rather wet spring, we continue to experience issues on KBSS (91.1 FM) with our T-1 connection in Sun Valley. At times, the audio drop-outs have been constant. Some listeners have had success with our alternative signal at 100.3 FM.

Currently, water from the 10 feet of melting snow migrates into riser boxes on site and into the wiring, which is happening frequently this season. The dropouts in the audio are exacerbated by snow cats plowing mountain roads, which creates vibration and earth movement that interfere with our digital feed.

We are experiencing dropouts on KBSS 91.1 FM today. Our chief engineer is in touch with Century Link and they are working on the problem. We hope to have a fix later Friday afternoon. 

In the meantime tune to 100.3 FM for an alternate signal, or use our web stream to stay connected to your favorite NPR shows.

Rick Strack / Boise State Public Radio

Update: KBSS is back on the air as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Original post: Our chief engineer powered down KBSS at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday while a technician performs work at the site. We apologize for the inconvenience and will have everything back up once the work is completed.

Update: KBSS and K213EN in Sun Valley are both back on the air as of 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Original post: KBSS Sun Valley is off the air right now while Syringa and PMT are doing some invasive testing of the T-1 circuit feeding the Seattle Ridge site.

K262BZ on 100.3 is still on the air and working properly as well as 93.5 at Hemingway School.

We will update this post as the work wraps up.

Update: As of Monday afternoon, the problem has been resolved.

Original Post: We are currently experiencing intermittent broken signals on all three McCall stations. Our engineers are aware of the issue and are en route to perform repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Update: As of 3:03 p.m. Monday, April 3, the T-1 circuit and telephone lines have been restored. Our engineers are currently working to switch both KBSU and KBSX over to the T-1 for our normal signal strength.

Update: As of 5:35 p.m. Thursday, KBSX is back on air. Just after 8 p.m., KBSU was up as well. Both of these fixes are temporary workarounds until our service providers can correst the issue.