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Syracuse, New York
United States
BrandingIon Television
SloganPositively Entertaining
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
OwnerIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Syracuse License, Inc.)
First air dateNovember 24, 1998 (20 years ago) (1998-11-24)
Call letters' meaningSyracuse's PaX
Former channel number(s)Analog:
56 (UHF, 1998–2009)
Transmitter power49 kW
953 kW (CP)
82 kW (application)
Height379 m (1,243 ft)
452.1 m (1,483 ft) (application)
Facility ID64352
Transmitter coordinates43°18′18″N 76°2′57.1″W / 43.30500°N 76.049194°W / 43.30500; -76.049194
42°56′42″N 76°1′27″W / 42.94500°N 76.02417°W / 42.94500; -76.02417 (application)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WSPX-TV, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 15), is an Ion Television owned-and-operated television station licensed to Syracuse, New York, United States. The station is owned by Ion Media Networks. WSPX-TV's studios are located on Basile Rowe in East Syracuse, and its transmitter is located near West Monroe, New York.


WSPX-TV has been operating since November 24, 1998.[1] From 2001 to 2005, WSPX re-aired newscasts from NBC affiliate WSTM-TV (channel 3).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Network
56.1 720p 16:9 ION Ion Television
56.2 480i 4:3 qubo Qubo
56.3 IONLife Ion Life
56.4 Shop Ion Shop
56.5 QVC QVC
56.6 HSN HSN


WSPX-TV started broadcasting in high definition in May 2010.

The channel 15 frequency is short-spaced to Belleville, Ontario's CBLFT and was approved on the condition that the effective radiated power of the U.S. station not exceed 100 kilowatts.[3]

According to WSPX-TV, an early reduction in analogue power and start of digital operation needed to take place months in advance of the February 17, 2009 FCC digital transition deadline to ensure that channel 15's antenna could be installed on the top of the tower in place of the existing channel 56 antenna before the onset of winter.[4] UHF 56 was then left operational from a secondary, side-mounted antenna at a 25% reduction in coverage area until analogue shut-off.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WSPX-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56, 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 UHF channel 15.[5] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


Charter Spectrum (Syracuse)[edit]

Channel Name Video Aspect Programming
3 (Syracuse City)/4 (Syracuse Suburbs) WSPX 480i 4:3 SDTV
1218 WSPX-HD 1080i 16:9 HDTV


  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 26, 1998). "WQEW Getting Mouse Ears?". North East RadioWatch. The Archives at Retrieved 2006-04-30.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WSPX
  3. ^ FCC construction permit for DTV beginning Feb 2009
  4. ^ FCC application to reduce power on analogue UHF 56
  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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