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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
City Newton, Iowa
Branding Ion Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 39 (UHF)
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
Subchannels 39.1 Ion Television
39.2 Qubo
39.3 ION Life
39.4 Ion Shop
39.5 QVC
39.6 HSN
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Des Moines License, Inc.)
First air date August 31, 1998; 18 years ago (1998-08-31)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
39 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Transmitter power 1000 kW (digital)
Height 154 m (digital)
Facility ID 81509
Transmitter coordinates 41°49′5″N 93°12′35″W / 41.81806°N 93.20972°W / 41.81806; -93.20972
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.iontelevision.com/

KFPX-TV, channel 39, is a television station licensed to Newton, Iowa, and serving the Des Moines-Ames market. It is owned and operated by Ion Media Networks. It runs programming from the Ion Television network. The station operates with 4470 kW of power.

For a short time in 2001, KFPX ran a prime-time newscast produced by WHO-TV to compete with KDSM-TV's Fox News At Nine (which WHO eventually took over from KGAN in Cedar Rapids). After that newscast was cancelled, KFPX reran WHO-TV's 10:00 p.m. newscasts on a 30-minute delay until early 2005.

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
39.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
39.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
39.3 IONLife Ion Life
39.4 Shop Ion Shop
39.5 QVC QVC
39.6 HSN HSN


Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KFPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 39, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation UHF channel 39.[2]


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