KPTF-DT

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KPTF-DT
Farwell, Texas/Clovis, New Mexico
United States
ChannelsDigital: 18 (UHF)
Virtual: 18 (PSIP)
AffiliationsGod's Learning Channel
OwnerPrime Time Christian Broadcasting, Inc.
First air dateApril 2001; 19 years ago (2001-04)
Call sign meaningPrime Time Farwell
Former channel number(s)18 (UHF analog, 2001-2009)
Transmitter power50 kW
Height112 m
Facility ID81445
Transmitter coordinates34°26′24.4″N 103°12′32.1″W / 34.440111°N 103.208917°W / 34.440111; -103.208917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.godslearningchannel.com

KPTF-DT is a religious television station in Farwell, Texas, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 18 as an affiliate of God's Learning Channel. The station is owned by Prime Time Christian Broadcasting of Odessa, Texas. It is carried on Suddenlink cable television systems in Clovis, New Mexico and Amarillo, Texas.

History[edit]

The station began as a construction permit granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Winstar Farwell, Inc., on April 8, 1998. Originally given callsign KBGD, it was to broadcast on UHF channel 18, serving Clovis and Portales, New Mexico as well as Farwell, Texas. Winstar Farwell agreed to sell the construction permit to Prime Time Christian Broadcasting on August 24, 1999 and on February 25, 2000, Prime Time Christian Broadcasting assumed control. The station changed its callsign to KPTF on June 29, 2000. It began broadcasting under Program Test Authority in April 2001, but did not receive its license until June 26, 2002.[1][2]

Located in a fringe area of the Amarillo television market, KPTF has cable carriage in Amarillo, but not in all parts of the market, in spite of must-carry rules. The FCC first ruled that Comcast must carry KPTF on its Tucumcari, New Mexico, system, but before the cable system was required to carry the station, the FCC ruled that Comcast did not have to carry KPTF.[1][3] The station's over-the-air signal reaches only six of the 56 communities in the Amarillo market.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
18.1 480i 4:3 KPTF-DT Main KPTF-DT programming / God's Learning Channel

Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 [1], the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, at the end of the DTV transition for full-service stations, KPTF turned off its analog signal and turned on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Memorandum Opinion & Order DA-02-1940" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 2002-08-07. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  2. ^ "Application for License". Federal Communications Commission. 2002-07-02. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  3. ^ "Memorandum Opinion & Order DA-02-1146" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. 2002-05-16. Retrieved 2007-12-23.