|Syracuse, New York
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||56.1 Ion TV
56.3 Ion Life
56.4 Shop TV
|Owner||Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Syracuse License, Inc.)
|First air date||November 24, 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||Syracuse's PaX|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
56 (UHF, 1998–2009)
|Transmitter power||49 kW|
|Height||379 m (1,243 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
WSPX-TV is the Ion Television owned-and-operated television station for Central Upstate New York that is licensed to Syracuse. It broadcasts a 720p high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 (or virtual channel 56 via PSIP) from a transmitter near West Monroe. Owned by Ion Media Networks, WSPX-TV maintains studios and offices on Basile Rowe in East Syracuse.
WSPX-TV has been operating since November 24, 1998.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Network|
WSPX-TV started broadcasting in high definition in May 2010.
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. UHF 56 was then left operational from a secondary, side-mounted antenna at a 25% reduction in coverage area until analogue shut-off.
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. 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)
|3 (Syracuse City)/4 (Syracuse Suburbs)||WSPX||480i||4:3||SDTV|
- Fybush, Scott (November 26, 1998). "WQEW Getting Mouse Ears?". North East RadioWatch. The Archives at BostonRadio.org. Retrieved 2006-04-30.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WSPX
- FCC construction permit for DTV beginning Feb 2009
- FCC application to reduce power on analogue UHF 56
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WSPX-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSPX-TV
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