This week we began a soft launch for our HD digital channels being broadcast from our Hudson Bay site on Channel 20.      We have launched  The Knowledge Network and The Discovery Channel in HD.   For the next week or so, there may be brief interruptions in the signal while we try to tweek the transmitter settings for optimum performance.

Once this is done, we will launch The Family Channel and CBC Vancouver in HD.

Please be patient, the wait will be worth it !

There was a power outage on Hudson Bay Mountain at 10 AM – Nov. 18, 2017.

This is the reason all of our signals are off the air from Hudson Bay Mountain.

This includes: Channel 10, our digital channels, and CBC Radio 2.

Power will not be restored until sometime Sunday- Nov. 19th, at the earliest.

On a brighter note, we have installed a new satellite dish on Hudson Bay.

This should allow us to bring back the HD digital channels, in the next few weeks.

2017 Annual General Meeting

Once again, it is time for our Annual General Meeting.     As usual our meeting will be held in The Old Church ( corner of King St. and First Ave. ) in Smithers at  7:30 PM – August 17th.

Items we will be discussing this year:

The new digital channels that we added to our Hudson Bay site in Smithers.

The possibility of adding new digital channels to our Houston site.

Adoption of new constitution and bylaws to conform to the new Societies Act.

Upcoming changes to all of our remaining analog TV signals.

Efforts to raise additional funds.

 

New Constitution and Bylaws

The new Societies Act requires that all existing societies change their constitution and Bylaws to conform with the new act by 2018.

Rather than modify the existing constitution and bylaws, most societies are adopting the new model constitution and bylaws included with the new act ( with any necessary modifications for local circumstances ).

This is the path I am suggesting that we follow.      I am including links to a number of documents relating to this transition.      They can be read online or downloaded as a pdf file.

The first document is our new Constitution – HSRS constitution 2017

The second document is the new Bylaws –  Model_Bylaws

This next document covers the changes and what impact these changes will have on existing Societes.      new_societies_act_-_impact_on_pre-existing_societies

Finally, for those who want all of the details of the new Regulations under the New Societies Act.     Societies_Regulation 

To download any  of these documents, simply right click on the link and choose           ” save link as ”        in the menu that pops up.

If you have any questions about these changes,  feel free to contact me by phone: 250-847-2838 or email: arharris@tvsmithers.com

 

We are currently experiencing technical problems with the Channel 18 – Knowledge Network Channel in Houston.     We have been forced to remove it temporarily from service, while we do repairs.      I hope to have Channel 18 back on the air by Friday – March 17th.

Thank you for your patience.

Weather Problems & Signal Loss

At this time we are experiencing severe problems with our TV and Radio signals in the Smithers, Telkwa and Topley areas.       These problems are being caused by the unseasonable weather conditions we are currently experiencing.    While it is raining in the valley, the mountains are experiencing a mixture of rain and wet snow.   Our  transmitters and satellite dishes are located, for the most part, on top of mountains.     As a result, our dishes are getting coated with a combination of ice and wet snow.     This accumulation of  wet snow is great at absorbing the relative weak satellite signals,  which are already being attenuated by the moisture in the atmosphere.       There is little we can do to improve the situation until weather conditions become more seasonable.

Please bear with us and we will do our best to return our signals to normal operation as soon as possible.

 

 

AGM of Rebroadcast Society

2016 AGM

The 2016 AGM of the Houston Smithers Rebroadcasting Society will be held on Wednesday – Sept. 7th 2016  –  at 7:30 PM.

It will be held at the OLD CHURCH PROJECT in Smithers ( located at the corner of    KING STREET  and  FIRST AVENUE).

All members of the public are welcome to attend.    There will be refreshments available.

 

We are currently experiencing problems with our new digital channels.     The rain fade problem has turned out to be more of a problem than expected.      We are working on improving the situation over the next few weeks.      In the meantime you may notice that some digital channels are in a different format and the temporary replacement of the Discovery and Family Channels.

The purpose of these changes is to achieve stable signals until we can install new equipment to ensure reliable reception of all channels.

Please bear with us while we work to improve reception .

Good news.   Channel 10 ( Global BC ) on Hudson Bay Mountain is finally back on the air.     The repaired transmitter was received back from ( Technalogix in Red Deer, Alberta )  on Saturday and was put back into operation the same day.

 

Channel 10 Down

Our Channel 10 ( Global TV ) on Hudson Bay Mountain has decided to take an unscheduled vacation.     The transmitter has suffered a major breakdown in the final amplifier and had to be sent back to the Manufacturer in  Red Deer for repairs.      I am hoping to have it back on the air in the coming week.

Channel 20 is now a full time digital channel with 4 separate TV channels!
We are currently broadcasting : Knowledge Network, Discovery Channel, Family Channel and CBC Vancouver. If you only see snow when you tune to channel 20, please read this article on how to get our new digital channels.

Feel free to let us know if you have any trouble getting these new channels or if you would like to comment on the individual stations we are currently broadcasting.

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