|Newton/Des Moines, Iowa|
|Channels||Digital: 36 (UHF)|
Virtual: 39 (PSIP)
|Owner||Ion Media Networks|
(Ion Media Des Moines License, Inc.)
|First air date||August 31, 1998|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
39 (UHF, 1998–2009)
39 (UHF, 2009–2018)
|Transmitter power||270 kW|
|Height||564 m (1,850 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KFPX-TV, virtual channel 39 (UHF digital channel 36), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station serving Des Moines, Iowa, United States that is licensed to Newton. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. KFPX-TV's offices are located on 114th Street in Urbandale, and its transmitter is located in Alleman, Iowa. On cable, the station is available on Mediacom channel 10 in standard definition and digital channel 810 in high definition.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Network|
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.
Former transmitter site
KFPX previously maintained transmitter facilities in Baxter, Iowa. Due to its short tower height, the station's broadcasting radius was largely confined to the immediate Des Moines area, although some southern and western suburbs may have had difficulty picking up the station's signal. Therefore, KFPX relied on cable and satellite carriage to reach the entire market. With the move to Alleman, KFPX now provides over-the-air coverage comparable to the market's other stations.
For a short time in 2001, KFPX ran a prime-time newscast produced by NBC affiliate WHO-TV (channel 13) to compete with Fox affiliate KDSM-TV (channel 17)'s Fox News at Nine (which WHO eventually took over from CBS affiliate 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.
- Channel Lineup: Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Des Moines, Hartford, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk Co., Waukee & West Des Moines, IA
- RabbitEars TV Query for KFPX
- "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.