WSPX-TV

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WSPX-TV
Syracuse, New York
United States
Branding ION Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
(to move to 36 (UHF))
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Subchannels 56.1 Ion TV
56.2 qubo
56.3 Ion Life
56.4 Shop TV
56.5 QVC
56.6 HSN
Affiliations Ion Television
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Syracuse License, Inc.)
First air date November 24, 1998; 19 years ago (1998-11-24)
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)
Class DT
Facility ID 64352
Transmitter coordinates 43°18′18″N 76°3′0″W / 43.30500°N 76.05000°W / 43.30500; -76.05000
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.iontelevision.com/

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.[1]

Digital television[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels[edit]

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

[2]

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 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.

Availability[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 26, 1998). "WQEW Getting Mouse Ears?". North East RadioWatch. The Archives at BostonRadio.org. 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). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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