Transmitter Status

From approximately 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Boise State Public Radio's live web stream will be down. During that hour, NPR will be performing routine maintenance on our stream encoders. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

There will be tower work performed by another station at Deer Point tomorrow, starting around 11 a.m. and estimated to last about four hours. They will reduce power on all stations on the Sutro and LLC towers as work starts, and bring everything back up when work is concluded.

We do not expect to be off-air in any way, but this will affect our coverage area in the Treasure Valley for the interim. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: As of 3:06 p.m. Tuesday, we are very pleased to announce that regular KBSS programming service to the Wood River Valley has been restored. Today, technicians from CenturyLink repaired the leased T-1 line that provides our programming service audio feed to the Seattle Ridge KBSS transmitter, which service the greater Wood River Valley.

UPDATE: Our KBSS transmitter is working fine, but the leased telecommunication line that we use to feed KBSS is not working. Technicians from the service provider, CenturyLink, were on Seattle Ridge Thursday, April 21, attempting repairs that were not successful.

To restore some service, BSPR chief engineer Rick Strack was able to tune in our KBSJ Jackpot, NV transmitter signal into KBSS. The sound is scratchy, but it provides some service until the T-1 line is repaired, hopefully, we are told, by mid-next week. 

Update: KBSJ Off Air Again

Apr 17, 2016

UPDATE: At 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 we received a call that KBSJ was off air again. Our staff engineers attempted to call in and bring it back up remotely without success. They are currently gathering materials for a site visit early in the morning. 

UPDATE: As of 7:30 Saturday evening, KBSJ is back up to full power. There is still a low level buzz in the audio that needs further attention, but the transmitter is fully operational again.

Original Post:

NPR Digital Services will be performing routine maintenance on the DS streaming encoders on Tuesday, March 29.

In an effort to lessen the impact on station listeners, the scheduled maintenance will occur outside of local standard drive time hours.

Maintenance Window:

5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please note, the stream may go down temporarily while the system processes the updates and reboots. We will closely monitor the situation. Thank you for your patience.

KBSY Back To Full Power

Mar 9, 2016

Update March 10th : Our engineers have installed a new antenna for KBSY which is now back to full power. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks again for your patience while we made the repairs.

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Boise State Public Radio will have service interruption to McCall Tuesday due to network maintenance. The work will take less than an hour and should cause minimal disruption to normal listening.

Salmon/Challis will be off-air for about a day, beginning the same time as the McCall network maintenance on Tuesday, with service restored on Wednesday.

The maintenance on both sites requires re-routing current settings and we will need to access each transmission site to restore programming. 

Update, February 17, 4:00p.m. : Today, Boise State Public Radio technicians completed their fine tuning of KBSX's audio levels. Since last Friday, we have been adjusting volume levels from our NPR networks and local sources that have caused some of our programs to sound soft, loud…or a little bit of both!  We are now back in a “normal” state. Let us know what you think.

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Update, 1:00 p.m.: KBSS service to the Wood River Valley has been restored. The issue was resolved with the repair of the third party data line that feeds the KBSS transmitter with programming.

BSPR engineers continue to monitor the signal for quality and reliability. 

We apologize for the interruption and thank listeners for their patience. 

Original post: Work continued Monday morning to resolve the outage that’s interrupted Boise State Public Radio service to the Wood River Valley since last week.

UPDATE, Wed. 3:37 p.m. - Until we can get the T-1 to KBSS sorted out, listeners in the Wood River Valley can now pick up KBSW off of 100.3 (K262BZ) and 93.5 (K228DO).

UPDATE, Wed. 2:13 p.m. - Our engineer in the field is having trouble keeping the circuit up. We've made another call to our provider and are waiting for word. As it stands now, it seems to be an intermittent problem, coming back up for an hour or so and then dropping out again. We will continue to update as the status develops.

UPDATE: McCall Station Outage Resolved

Jan 15, 2016
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Updated 2:00 p.m. Friday: We are back online at these stations. Thanks for your continued patience!

Boise State Public Radio's three McCall stations are currently offline. The problem may also be affecting two translators in Cascade and Lake Fork/New Meadows. Our engineers are working to diagnose the issue and we'll post updates here as we learn more. We apologize for the loss of programming and are working to restore service as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. 

Both K292EK and K216CD translators are down in the Stanley area. We were taken off the air due to heavy snow loads. Power at the site has been reduced to emergency services only. We are off until further notice and will continue to update the status. 

McCall Outage Extended

Dec 21, 2015

Update: Wednesday, December 23 1:45 p.m.​ - Our engineers arrived at Brundage Mountain earlier this afternoon and have fixed the outage, putting us back on air in McCall.

Update: Tuesday, December 22 11:45 a.m. - Due to continued winter weather conditions, power outages persist throughout much of McCall. Idaho Power crews are on site and working to restore power to affected public services.

Morning Outage In McCall

Dec 18, 2015

UPDATE: The power outage in McCall has been addressed and resolved. All affected stations and translators should be back on air.

We are experiencing another outage in our northern stations due to a power issue. All of our nothern full power and translator stations are affected. We do not have an expected time of repair from Idaho Power but will do our best to keep the status of the issue updated. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Possible McCall Interruptions

Dec 15, 2015

UPDATE:

Service interruptions have concluded. Our engineers are off the mountain.

Our engineers are up at the Brundage mountain site in McCall for the next hour or so. Service interruption is possible in the northern region as they work to troubleshoot the issues on KBSM.

Thank you for your patience.

Power Outage In McCall

Dec 7, 2015

6:54 p.m.: The outage appears to have been resolved and we are back on air.

2:05 p.m.: We are encountering the same power outage issue. It is again due a power outage in the building in McCall. We will keep you posted on the status as we learn more. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

UPDATE at 9:39 a.m.: Power has been restored to Brundage Mountain. We are back on air.

KBSX Transmitter Power Outage

Nov 20, 2015

KBSX experienced a power outage at the transmitter site this morning that took us off air for approximately five minutes. Our engineers are working diligently to determine the exact cause for the outage. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience. 

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations may experience an off-air outage lasting up to half an hour throughout the day. Our engineers are performing maintenance on each station's transmitter today.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

If you're a listener in either Salmon or Challis, you might notice an improvement in the sound quality of Boise State Public Radio. Newly installed equipment has strengthened the signal path to Salmon, which improves overall quality on the Salmon transmitter and the Challis translator that receives its signal from Salmon.

Tune in to enjoy the better audio!

 

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