Channel 6 viewers need to rescan digital sets

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Rocky Mountain PBS finally gets massive power boost to Mount Morrison antenna

By Vicky Gits

The station just raised its antenna 200 feet and increased its power to 1 million watts at the tower on Mount Morrison, where it reaches viewers along the Front Range and in the mountains.

(Mount Morrison is the prominent peak above Red Rocks Amphitheatre that can be seen from I-70 and Highways 73 and 74 in Evergreen.)

Before the power boost, Channel 6 was operating at only 315,000 watts.

Channel 6 expected to lose about 10 percent of its coverage area temporarily when it went digital June 12.

Residents should run the “scan” function on their digital converter boxes or digital TV sets to accommodate the new broadcast signal.

Back in May, the Courier reported that homeowner Bill Bergan, in Brook Forest Estates, was losing most of his over-the-air TV reception. But since Bergan signed up for Dish Network, he is again a happy man.

Living at high altitude, Bergan had exceptionally good over-the-air reception for being so far from Denver. But he lost most of it after the switch to digital and the powering down of local channels 7 and 9 to protect homeowners directly west of Lookout Mountain.

At the time, Channel 6 engineering director John Anderson was cautiously optimistic the full-power level would increase reception potential in the Evergreen area.

He recommended using a rooftop antenna and moving it around to experiment with different heights and position.

Unfortunately, Bergan, who lives in a high-altitude, rustic retreat, couldn’t wait, and he finally gave in and signed up for satellite TV from Dish Network for all four of his TVs.

“It was a common-sense thing to do,” Bergan said. “Living up here, newspapers, magazines and television are my favorite entertainment. I am paying $24 a month. …

“I’m basically basking in the glory of uninterrupted and good quality reception. I guess eventually I may be tempted to try some other offerings, but right now I’m pleased with basic service.”