National Translator Association
Our aim: To provide TV and FM signals in EVERY home!

Who We Are

As television grew across America in the 1950s and 1960s, residents of small, remotely located communities found that they couldn't receive the TV stations built in the large cities not far away. In 1952, Sterling, Colorado folks could not receive the new KFEL-TV, channel 2 from Denver. This same scenario developed in towns like Price, Utah... Sierra Vista, Arizona... Ukiah, California and many others. A creative group of TV engineers, radio hobbyists and mountain men put their heads to the problem and devised a simple solution. On hills above some of these small towns, a large receiving antenna was erected to capture the distant TV signal and retransmit it on a different channel with enough power to cover the town needing TV. Thus was born the earliest translators.

Over time, the engineers sought approval from the Federal Communications Commission for these systems - and the TV translator service was officially born. As they became acquainted with one another and met on mountaintops, in coffeeshops and burger joints, they began to capitalize on the power of numbers over the years and the National Translator Association was born. Founded as a support, educational and fellowship organization for these hard-working techies, the NTA has since become the leading proponent of TV and FM translator systems throughout America. On these systems, remote villages can see major TV networks and educational TV programs, emergency broadcasts, local and national news. Motorists can receive many FM stations as they travel... FM stations which, without strategically located translators, would not be heard by travelers.

Today, we at the NTA continue to fight for the opportunity to bring TV programs to smaller towns, however remotely located. We face the existential threat of the FCC selling TV spectrum out from under our viewers in the same way that some cities declare eminent domain on the property holding the corner drug store - putting it out of business - and then selling the land to a developer from a distant city to build a giant office building - or hotel - or industrial park. The drugstore is gone forever and its customers are left wondering where to get their prescriptions or visit a soda fountain.

Join us! - and help us support our viewers, whose local antenna TV is under threat.


Board of Directors

John Terrill - Airwaves, Inc. - President

453 Simoron Dr.
Ogden, UT 84404

Byron St. Clair, President Emeritus

2355 Ranch Drive
Westminster, Colorado 80234
303-465-4067 FAX

Arnold Cruze, Vice President

Cruze Electric
P.O. Box 397
Memphis, Texas 79245

Ched Keiler - Vice President, Audio

E Three
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309

Michael Couzens, Vice President, Legal Affairs

P.O. Box 3642 Oakland
California 94609

Jim McDonald, President-Emeritus
Wind River Group, Inc.
117 East Eleventh Street
Loveland, Colorado

John Barnett – Barnett Professional Services

4510 S. Miami
Spokane, Washington 99223
509-448-5053 FAX

George Borsari, Borsari & Paxson
5335 Wisconsin Ave,. Suite 440 
Washington, DC  20015

Charlie Cannaliato
200 Evans Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801

Susan Hansen
6868 Vivian St.
Arvada, CO 80004
303-465-4067 Fax

Tim Stoffel - KNPB-TV
1670 N. Virginia
Reno, NV 89503

LLoyd Williams - Southlane TV
1490 Jason Lee Ave.
Cottage Grove, OR  97424

Wayne Johnson - SW Colorado TV
PO Box 1570
Cortez, CO 81321

Keith Larson
2900 Mac Alpine Dr. South
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

Jack Mills - OK Community TV
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Dave Sunderman - Co-op TV Assoc.
P.O. Box 8
Mankato, Minnesota 56002-0008
507-387-1269 FAX  

Philip Titus - KUED, Univ of Utah
101 S. Wasatch Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Daniel Pray  Moapa Valley TV District
PO Box 553 Overton, NV  89040

Mauri Parsons
PO Box 473 Monroe, UT  84754

Frank Tyro
P.O. Box 387  Pablo, MT 59855


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The National Translator Association is dedicated to the preservation of free over-the-air TV and FM in all geographical areas.
It works to improve the technology of rebroadcast translators and the regulatory climate, which governs them.
Membership is open to all individuals and organizations that are interested in these goals.