KCHF

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KCHF
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CitySanta Fe, New Mexico
Channels
BrandingKCHF TV 11
Programming
Affiliations11.1: Religious Independent
11.2: QVC
11.3: QVC2
11.4: Buzzr
11.5: Newsmax 2
11.6: America's Voice News
Ownership
Owner
  • Belarmino Gonzalez
  • (Son Broadcasting, Inc.)
KNMQ-LD
History
First air date
January 21, 1984 (38 years ago) (1984-01-21)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1984–2009)
DT2:
Antenna TV (until 2020)
DT3:
Heartland (2014–2016)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID60793
ERP30 kW
22 kW (application)[1]
HAAT610 m (2,001 ft)
1,252 m (4,108 ft) (application)[1]
Transmitter coordinates35°46′49″N 106°31′36″W / 35.78028°N 106.52667°W / 35.78028; -106.52667
35°12′53.51″N 106°27′3.94″W / 35.2148639°N 106.4510944°W / 35.2148639; -106.4510944 (application)[1]
Translator(s)See below
Links
Public license information
Websitemain: www.sonbroadcasting.org

KCHF (channel 11) is a religious independent television station licensed to Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States, serving the Albuquerque area and most of the state. It is owned by the estate of Belarmino "Blackie" Gonzalez (1933–2008)[2] and his non-profit ministry, Son Broadcasting. KCHF's studios are located on 4th Street in northwestern Albuquerque, and its transmitter is located near Los Alamos.

KCHF's main channel is relayed on the fifth digital subchannel of KYNM-LD (channel 21.5) in Albuquerque to provide improved reception in areas of the city where the main signal from Los Alamos is hard to receive, and on translator K24ML-D (channel 24) in Taos, New Mexico and K29ME-D (channel 29) in Antonito, Colorado.

History[edit]

The original construction permit for KCHF was granted on January 19, 1983. The station signed on in January 1984 and was granted a license to cover on June 29, 1984. It claims to be the first VHF Christian television station in the United States. During the analog era, KCHF was one of a few Christian television stations in the United States to operate on the VHF band (KJNP-TV in Fairbanks, Alaska is another example). KCHF's digital transmitter was licensed on January 26, 2006.

Programming[edit]

Some of the programs produced by KCHF include Restoring God's People, Healing is for You, A Healthier You and God Answers Prayer.

God Answers Prayer is a weekday, studio-based talk show with a live call-in segment. A "best of" show, with highlights of the past week, is seen on Sundays.

As part of its compliance with the federal Children's Television Act, KCHF broadcasts over eight hours of E/I-compliant children's programming each week, mostly aimed at children under 10, including a five-hour block on Saturday mornings.

Technical information[edit]

Subchannels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[3] Launch date on KCHF
11.1 720p 16:9 KCHF-DT Main KCHF programming
11.2 480i 4:3 QVC QVC June 8, 2016
11.3 QVC2 QVC2 June 8, 2016
11.4 Buzzr Buzzr March 2022
11.5 16:9 N2 Newsmax 2 March 2022
11.6 AVN America's Voice News March 2022

KCHF carried the country music channel Heartland on channel 11.3 beginning June 30, 2014.[4] In early June 2016, Heartland was dropped for QVC with Antenna TV moving from 11.4 to 11.2 and WeatherNation moving from 11.2 to 11.6.

Translators[edit]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Taos K24ML-D 24 2 kW −174 m (−571 ft) 60791 36°23′51″N 105°32′36″W / 36.39750°N 105.54333°W / 36.39750; -105.54333 (K24ML-D)
Antonito, CO K29ME-D 29 1 kW 733 m (2,405 ft) 60792 36°51′35″N 106°1′11″W / 36.85972°N 106.01972°W / 36.85972; -106.01972 (K29ME-D)

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KCHF shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 10.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Modification of a Licensed Facility for DTV Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. September 14, 2021. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Christian TV Pioneer, 'Blackie' Gonzalez, Passes Away - Christian Newswire".
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KCHF
  4. ^ Luken Welcomes KCHF As Heartland Affiliate In Albuquerque -Santa Fe
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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