Translator Television

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The County of Accomack began operating Translator Television (TTV) in 1979 for the purpose of providing Tidewater network broadcast television to households living in outlying areas of Accomack County not served by cable or satellite television. The following channels are retransmitted digitally from the tower located in Mappsville: WTKR (Channel 3), WAVY (Channel 10), WVEC (Channel 13), and WHRO (Channel 15). Viewers must have a digital television with a digital tuner or a converter box to view digital TTV channels.

The following channels are available:


Channel Number

WTKR-TV 3.12 or 25.1
WAVY-TV 10.12 or 25.2
WVEC-TV 13.12 or 25.3
WHRO-TV 15.12 or 25.4

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Translator TV or TTV?

A TV translator station rebroadcasts the programs of a full-power TV broadcast station. Translator stations typically serve communities that cannot receive the signals of free over-the-air TV stations because they are too far away from a full-power TV station or because of geography (such as uneven terrain or mountains). Many translator stations operate in mountainous or more remote areas of the country.

Where is the Digital TV signal originating from?

A tower located adjacent to the highway in Mappsville. The address is: 14306 Lankford Highway
Mappsville, Accomack County, Virginia 23308. Latitude: 37-50-32.7 N, Longitude: 075-34-16.1 W.

What equipment is required?

A DTV antenna is required. An outdoor DTV antenna or indoor DTV antenna can be utilized. An outdoor antenna pointed towards Mappsville is recommended for the best viewing experience.

A TV that has a built-in digital tuner or a digital to analog converter box is required. Most TVs manufactured after March 2007 have built-in digital tuners.

How do I scan for channels?

Before making any changes to your current antenna or antenna system, you should perform a channel scan to see if your antenna receives the digital signals being broadcast in your area.

To run a channel scan, find the "set-up" or "menu" button on your remote control, then select the option that allows you to search for available digital broadcast channels. Once the scan is complete, you should be receiving all available digital channels in your area if your antenna is positioned correctly.

If you have any difficulty completing the channel scan, consult the owner's manual of your digital-to-analog converter box or DTV for detailed instructions. 

How do I find additional information on Digital Television (DTV)?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has additional information on their website:

How do I report a problem?

To report a problem with translator TV please email or call 757-789-3136 . A County representative will respond to your inquiry within 1 business day.