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Welcome to CACHE FREE TV! 

MY MISSION:  To help you CUT the cable or DITCH the dish, saving you enough money to buy a NEW big screen TV every year. My own 52 inch flat panel was paid for with the money we saved in the first year!

The focus of this blog is Cache Valley Utah free TV, but almost all the information applies no matter where you live. The concept is the same, only your location and channel lineup are different. Here you'll find everything you need to know about how to get FREE Digital HDTV Over-The-Air (OTA) TV in the USA using an antenna, with an emphasis on Cache County and Northern Utah, and Southern Idaho. I offer news regarding free OTA TV, internet TV, FTA (Free To Air) Satellite TV, help in selecting and installing antennas, links to important topics, and a place to get your questions about digital broadcast TV answered.

Long ago, nobody paid for TV. It was free, paid for by advertisers. You used rabbit ears or put an antenna on your roof or in your attic- and the thought of actually paying for TV was laughable, as silly as the concept of paying for water (There's another rip-off the American consumer has fallen for!). But along came pay TV with the promise of  better picture, more channels, and no commercials

(Hey, how's that "Cable TV has no commercials" thing working for you?).

Cut to 2010: Pay TV has convinced nearly everyone that you MUST pay to watch TV! But now, with the advent of DIGITAL broadcasting, Pay TV has lost its trump cards: picture quality and selectin. Free digital TV has the best possible picture available. And with multicasting (broadcasting more than one program on the same frequency on sub-channels) there's a lot more choices. In some areas of the country, you can get more than 60 unique channels over the air for free.

 I am here to help you to stop pay TV from sucking your wallet dry.
I also provide SALES and INSTALLATION of antenna systems in Northern Utah.

Here's a sample of the channels you can get for FREE
(No money, EVER) in Cache Valley, UT.

 Your results will vary depending on your location and antenna:




 

How's that for a FREE "basic cable" package?

Malad Stations NOTE! - So far, I've seen ION from Malad while installing antennas in Smithfield (bench). If you receive these channels, please leave a comment.

If anyone notices any channels missing here, or any inaccuracies, please contact me so that I can update the list!

30 comments:

  1. Hello from north Providence, UT. Since late Spring of 2011, I can no longer get PBS's channel 7.1 and 7.2, my favorites. The same happening for channel 4.1, 5.1, and 5.3. Once every couple of weeks, the channels comes on for a couple hours at a time. What is going on?

    suehgregory@aol.com

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  2. My first instinct is trees. Leaves can interfere with your digital reception. What antenna are you using, and where is it mounted? Can you either move your antenna or trim back trees in the path?

    Another thought is that you may want to try re-scanning your channels. This sometimes helps, because in Cache Valley we have conflicting signals from Franklin County.

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  3. So are BYUtv and KBYU now available in Cache Valley?

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  4. David,
    Yes, it seems that Cache County finally got KBYU's translator up on Mt. Pisgaw (11.1-11.3), along with CW30.1 / TCN 30.2.

    I've posted that CW30 is on-air, and preparing a post for KBYU11's arrival right now.

    Plus, there also have been construction permits issues for a few low-power channels issued in Cache County, and the towers will most likely be on the west side of the valley - possibly on Clarkston ridge. I'll check my sources (the owners!) and see what's happening with them.

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  5. Do you know if they cut off broadcasting overnight (maybe to save $$$)? I was trying to watch something last night and got no channels even after rescanning. This morning I get all the channels again after a scan at pretty good strength. I'm in North Logan btw.

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  6. I lost a bunch of channels about the same time you did, but I also pull channels from Preston, so not all mine were out. All are back now, with the exception of CW30.

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  7. I recently dumped my dish. I am interested in putting an antenna up. I live in providence ut and am wondering what a good antenna would be to purchase. What other equipment would I need to get to watch HDTV? What is the best direction to point the antenna where I live. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  8. Hi, I noticed you mentioned the Malad signals. Does KIFI "Local News 8" not have a digital or analogue translator in that area? I'm surprised. I do believe that Malad is part of the Idaho Falls-Pocatello diary, although Franklin County is attached to the "Utah" television DMA.

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  9. altf4ljdrama;
    KIFI is only available in the Malad area, and I assume that it's also viewable from some Cache valley areas since I have seen ION 16 out of Malad. I believe that Franklin County has plans to add a translator for KIFI, according to RabbitEars.info: (Copy and paste link)
    http://www.rabbitears.info/search.php?request=zip_search&zipcode=84321&miles=40&address=&lat=&lon=&dbtype=dBm&height=

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  10. Any word on BYUTV. It worked for me a for a few days and now never works anymore.

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  11. @Anonymous: Any word on BYUTV. It worked for me a for a few days and now never works anymore.

    KBYU11 is back, but it's up on Mt Pisgah now (Moved from Clarkston Ridge). Try a rescan of your channels, you should find it now, along with CW30.

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  12. What is the possibility of getting channel 16.1/.2/.3 (ION/qubo/IONLife) again in Logan? Oddly enough late spring/early summer I was getting them up on cliffside, but I have not seen them in a while. I'm new to OTA as of this late spring, and I'm pointed at Mt. Pisqua, and always have been. Not sure why I was getting channel 16 if it's been out of the Malad transmitter in the first palce.

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  13. Re: 16.1/.2/.3 (ION/qubo/IONLife)

    I've seen 16 ION come directly over the mountains from SLC, and also from Malad, but you need to be in just the right spot (high on the east bench helps). The major problems are that Cache and Franklin transmit other channels on the same frequency as ION, and their signal is so strong they wipe out ION's signal. I don't know who is responsible for applying to the FCC to approve those frequencies, but the FCC should never have approved it.

    And as far as I know, there are no plans to fire up any more translators in either county for ION. Because I guess that it's really not as important as having 3 channel KSL 5's, or more BYU channels in the valley. (HINT: look at who owns KBYU and KSL)

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  14. I wrote on Dec. 30, 2011 that ION/qubo/IONLife have gone missing for many months...well sure enough today I have all three back again! I hope this stays around for a while...

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  15. wow this is a kewl blog i live in providence and enjoy my idaho tv stations from preston translators

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  16. Channel 5.1 seems to have gone off the air today? All other stations seem to be working ok. Does anyone know what might be going on here?
    Also has anyone been able to get CW30?

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    1. I had problems with 5 too. It was back late last night, 3/26/12. CW30 I haven't had a problem with. Are you pointing to the Cache County or Franklin transmitters? CW is only from Mt. Pisgah to the south, and is simulcast on 4.30 in SD.

      Franklin County does broadcast a different CW, CW+, on KIFI 8's digital 8.3

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    2. Am in Richmond, can usualy get ksl from 4 different translators, none are getting ksl now.

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    3. 8:30 pm, 3/27, Nibley: solid signal from both Franklin and Cache for KSL. Yea, there is no reason for 4 translators for KSL - there's some shenanigans going on in Franklin. I'm going to do a story about it in the near future. Stay tuned!

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  17. i like it i now get everything yipee

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  18. Is Daystar still broadcasting on 12.1? i can;t get it.

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    1. I haven't seen 12 since my first sightings months ago. I have a VHF antenna pointed right at it, and I get nothing.

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  19. For about two weeks I have not received any stations other that KJZZ and KUED. I live in North Logan. Never had this happen before. Anyone aware of transmitter problems?

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    1. the only transmitter that is down that I am aware of is KJDN, Channel 39. Check your cable and connections, also, your balun (aka matching transformer). You may want to check the aiming on your antenna, as we had some pretty strong winds about the time you lost channels.

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  20. I want to put up an antenna. Do I need only a UHF antenna or a VHF/UHF antenna?

    And what channels are on the Franklin translator vs the Mt. Pisgah translator?

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  21. RDHeiliger

    Am in Richmond, have an DB8 (8 bay antennae) and use an antennae mount RadioShack® High-Gain HDTV-FM Signal Amplifier to get good reception from all the translators. Have 20 feet of antennae on about 20 foot of house. Needs to be that hight to get over trees and hill in the way of south translator. The amplifier died tonight when it got to -10 on my outdoor thermometer. Are there better amps available?
    I use a pair of USB tuners into my computer, and use Windows Media Center for my guide, and DVR. Generaly works well, except when the guide for Richmond area code doesn't get updated. Use Smithfield area code then, but don't get guide listings for Idaho stations then. I use the HDMI output from my computer to feed the tv. Have any suggestions on this?

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    1. RDHeiliger,
      To get back some TV signal until you can replace the amp, disconnect it - both parts. No signal will pass with it in line.
      I don't know the specs for your Radio Shack amp, but I believe they are all made by AntennaCraft. I would recommend a ChannelMaster CM-7778 or CM-7777. They have the lowest noise levels (signal to noise ratio) of all the commonly available amps.

      Copy and paste this url into your browser to see the 7778 at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013CGNGY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=apennysisanic-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0013CGNGY

      email me at CACHEFREETV at GMAIL.COM if you want to discuss more.

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  22. I'm from logan and all my antenna channels come in great, except Fox 13. Any ideas of how to fix it? It is very spotty, it cuts in and out constantly.

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    1. I have had problems with 13 for the past 2 weeks myself. I'm suspecting translator problems.

      If it's a continuing problem for you, perhaps a pre-amp is the solution.

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  23. I'm in river heights and am looking at putting up an antenna but I don't know what would be best at a reasonable (low) price. any suggestions? I have been looking at the rca ant751 but would that be strong enough?

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