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.

Maintenance and Outages:


Denver TV Stations:  County staff have been investigating options to restore the lost network stations that were rebroadcast from Denver on the Translator network.

We currently rebroadcast the following stations from Grand Junction: 4-1 FOX, 4-2 CBS, 4-3 Escape, 4-4 Grit, 18-1 PBS, 18-2 Vme and 18-3 Create. We also broadcast 11-1 Community Government (CGTV) and 12-1 GrassRoots (GRTV) out of Aspen.

Adding Grand Junction over-the-air stations to replace the lost stations appears to be the most viable solution of the current options. This solution will provide the following stations: 3-1 Heroes & Icons, 8-1 ABC, 8-2 CW and 22-1 Movies. All major network stations will be available with the exception of NBC. The equipment installation need for this service can be completed by early fall 2018.


CPR 101.5 Aspen: Engineers have successfully made necessary repairs and CPR 101.5 is now back on the air.  Thank you for your patience as our engineers dealt with access difficulties to repair the problem.


The Pitkin County Translator System was recently donated one (1) FM Translator license at the Jack Rabbit (Lat/Long 39-13-08N 106-54-35W) site on Owl Creek Road. The Pitkin County Translator Advisory Board has established procedures for evaluating radio station allotments. This is written notice to begin the allocation review process. Pitkin County intends to complete the allocation review process by July and install equipment this summer.

If you are interested in the Jack Rabbit FM License that is available, please complete this questionnaire and send a written response viaemailby 5:00 PM, Monday, April 9th. Stations must demonstrate the ability to transmit to Jack Rabbit under their existing reception, provide timely and accurate public safety, emergency and community information and show the benefit this site would provide to their listening area. 

The Translator Advisory Board will review interested station questionnaires at the May 9th meeting held at the Basalt Station 41 Fire House in El Jebel, beginning at 6pm. Any station submitting a questionnaire is encouraged to have a representative attend the meeting.

  1. System Overview
  2. TV / FM Stations 
  3. TV Reception / Antennas
  4. System Update

Report a Problem

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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