|Hutchinson / Wichita, Kansas|
|Channels||Digital: 8 (VHF)|
|Owner||Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc.|
|First air date||January 5, 1970|
|Call letters' meaning||Kansas
|Former channel number(s)||
29 (UHF), (2003-2009)
8 (VHF), (2009-Present)
|Former affiliations||NET (1970)|
|Transmitter power||32 kW|
KPTS, channel 8, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member station serving the Wichita, Kansas area. It is operated by the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, a non-profit non-commercial educational organization. KPTS's city of license is Hutchinson, Kansas. The station broadcasts on channel 8 in standard definition, digital cable channel 2008 in high definition, and QAM channel 114.3 on Cox Communications in the Wichita area.
This station's digital signal is multiplexed:
KPTS-DT broadcasts on digital channel 8.
|8.1||720p||16:9||English Dolby Stereo, English Dolby Stereo (Audio Descriptive)||Main KPTS programming / PBS|
|8.2||480i||4:3||English Dolby Stereo, English Dolby Stereo (Audio Descriptive, OTA only)||KPTS Explore|
|8.3||480i||4:3||English Dolby Stereo||KPTS Create|
KPTS-DT2, which rebroadcasts KPTS' locally-produced and PBS network programming, broadcasts on digital channel 671; while KPTS-DT3, which broadcasts programming from the Create network, broadcasts on digital channel 670 on Cox Communications.
The station signed on its digital signal on channel 8 at 10 a.m. February 16, 2008. KPTS shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on January 5, 2009; a month later on February 18, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to its former analog VHF channel 8.
Reception problems have been a problem for quite some time. A short tower near Buhler and lack of transmitter power limits coverage area. Ever since the digital transition, some people who rely on antennas to get reception have lost KPTS's signal, especially since terrain drops south and east of Wichita.
KPTS is currently raising money to add a translator tower north of Wichita. There was plans to start building the tower during the summer of 2013 and transmit by September, but it was delayed because of record high amounts of rainfall during July and August. Transmission from the new tower started on November 8, 2013.
In June 1965, the Garvey Foundation purchased a transmitter site in Hutchinson, with the intent to start an educational station. Shortly thereafter on July 21, 1965, the Sunflower Educational Television Corporation was chartered to start a public television station for the Wichita market. A year later, the SETC's board of trustees filed for a construction permit with the Federal Communications Commission for a non-commercial educational license on VHF channel 8.
ON January 5, 1970, KPTS officially signed on the air for the first time. In 1978, Sunflower Educational Television Corporation became the Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc. In 1980, the station moved to its current studios at 320 West 21st Street North in Wichita.
- KPTS - About Digital TV
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- FCC Document
- Records falling with the rain in Wichita; The Wichita Eagle; July 29, 2013.
- Only one August has seen more rain in Wichita; The Wichita Eagle; August 13, 2013.
- KPTS - History
- Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KPTS
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPTS-TV