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You got your works in a drawer and your color's on track
You have to break away but you always come back
You make a hundred changes but you're always the same
You make me so excited and you make me so lame
You're just a tube full of gas and a box full of tin
But you show me your charms and I want to jump in
Oh if only your chassis was covered with skin
'Cause TV you're my everything
                                                    - TV Is King, The Tubes

What is the TV Booster?

The Indian Wells Valley TV Booster (IWVTVB) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that has been receiving, translating, and rebroadcasting TV and FM radio stations' signals to the IWV since about 1950. Before cable and satellite TV signals were available, the TV Booster system was the only means to provide TV and FM reception for the residents of the Valley. Today, many valley residents support the IWVTVB so that they can receive over-the-air HDTV programming with image quality that is unavailable from and superior to that available from satellite or cable services, while others continue to support the IWVTVB so that those without satellite or cable service can receive TV and FM radio over the air. The Booster's equipment is bought and maintained with funds donated by residents of the IWV. Other residents donate their time and services to keep the equipment operating and to make improvements.

How does the system work?

TV and FM radio signals originating in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are received on the south face of Laurel Mountain. (Laurel Mountain is where you see the white "golf ball" radar dome south of Ridgecrest.) The digital TV signals are error corrected and re-equalized and then "translated" to UHF frequencies and transmitted at low power (25 watts) from the north face of Laurel Mountain. If you use a UHF antenna these are the signals you receive. The FM radio signals are translated to alternate frequencies and also transmitted from the north side of Laurel Mountain.

The digital TV signals are received on "B" Mountain on the northeast side of Ridgecrest. Those signals are then converted to analog TV signals on their original VHF frequencies and transmitted from "B" Mountain. If you use a UHF/VHF combination antenna you will receive these signals.


The Boostergram is our annual newsletter mailed out in late October to the people who have asked to be put on our mailing list.

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TV Booster Signals

Digital Television Channels (last updated 04Aug2015, 2am)
Laurel Mtn.
PSIP Station
Signal Quality
K14AT-D 14         Not in service; please see the FAQ
K15HJ-D 15 2 KCBS-DT CBS 43, Los Angeles Good
K16JW-D 16 34 KMEX-DT Univision 34, Los Angeles Good
K17HY-D 17 4 KNBC-DT NBC 36, Los Angeles Good
K19IS-D 19 21 KZGN Ind. 42, Ridgecrest Good
K20LH-D 20 64 KILM PBS 44, Barstow / satellite Good
K21IN-D 21 5 KTLA-DT WB 31, Los Angeles Good
K23IS-D 23 7 KABC-DT ABC 7, Los Angeles Good
K33ID-D 33 41 K31MB-D City 31, Ridgecrest Good
K35HO-D 35         Not in service; please see the FAQ
K39HT-D 39 58 KLCS-DT PBS 41, Los Angeles Good
K45GQ-D 45 9 KCAL-DT Ind. 9, Los Angeles Good
K47AE-D 47 11 KTTV-DT Fox 11, Los Angeles Fair; subject to dropouts for short periods of time
K49AA-D 49 13 KCOP-DT UPN 13, Los Angeles Fair; subject to dropouts for short periods of time
K51DD-D 51 28 KCET-DT Ind. Public TV 28, Los Angeles Good
FM radio stations (last updated 04Aug2015, 2am}
Laurel Mtn.
Signal Quality
K201AD 88.1 KNPR 88.9 NPR Good
K232AM 94.3 KGBB 103.9 Adult hits Good
K244AM 96.7 KCNV HD-2 89.7 Jazz Good; subject to dropouts from Sporadic E skip
K255BZ 98.9 KLOS 95.5 Classic rock Good
K258BS 99.5 KPFK 90.7 Pacifica Network Good; occasional multipath interference.
K261AC 100.1 KCRW (KCRY) 88.1 NPR/Eclectic Good
K288AX 105.5 KOST 103.5 Soft rock Good
K296AI 107.1 KCNV 89.7 Classical Good; subject to dropouts from Sporadic E skip.

Receiving TV Booster Signals

Antenna Installation Recommendations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

IWVTVB Board of Directors

<vacant>, President
Edward Middlemiss, Vice President
West Katzenstein, Treasurer
Gene Schneider, Secretary
Henry J. Blazek
Ron Garback
Gloria Longo
Harold Manos
Ken Wetzel
Michael Brush


PO BOX 562
RIDGECREST CA 93556-0562

(760) 375-0233

Board Meetings

The Board meets on the first Monday of each month, unless it falls on a holiday and then it meets on the second Monday.

Board meeting boilerplate agenda form.