The FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction has San Diego and Baja Mexico stations moving to new channels after T-Mobile bought the spectrum last year. LPTV stations on channels 39 through 51 were told by T-Mobile they would be taking over the spectrum after November 30, 2018.
Protected station KNSD won’t have to move until April, but their Technical Operations Manager Michael Fouch says they will join KPBS and KSWB in making a big channel swap on March 14, 2019.
Let’s look to see what’s going on, channel by channel:
15 – XHTJB, public TV “Canal Once” (channel 11) moved from channel 46 in September. The FCC website has this allocation placed in Ensenada, but they’re actually in Tijuana.
16 – KDTF, Entravision’s LATV outlet, moved from channel 51 on Mt. San Miguel on November 16th using their same broadband panel antenna.
17 – KNSD, NBC Universal, is up and testing with color bars from Mt. San Miguel since December 3rd on their new Rohde & Schwarz transmitter into a UHF Dielectric Pylon antenna installed by Wireless Infrastructure Services (“WIS”).
19 – KPBS, San Diego State University’s PBS outlet, had their antenna installed by WIS earlier this year and is due to move from channel 30 on March 14, 2019.
20 – KZSD, a UHF outlet of Scripps, is up on Mt. San Miguel and broadcasting a repeat of their channel 10 lineup.
21 – XHDTV Tecate, an Entravision outlet, is working to move from channel 47.
25 – KTCD-LP, another Entravision station, and KSDY-LD have applied for this channel and are considered mutually exclusive. They’re working out a solution.
26 – KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, had WIS install their Dielectric slot pylon antenna last week. They’ll move from channel 19 on March 14. KVSD-LD from Mt. Woodson has been off the air for some time even though they have not filed a Silent STA.
27 – XHBJ Tijuana moved from 44 in the past month.
30 – KPBS will move to 19 as mentioned. Tijuana will take over this channel after that date.
39 – KZSD-LP STA on Mt. San Miguel became KZSD-LD and moved to channel 20 in time for their November 30th T-Mobile takeover date.
50 – KSDY-LD on Mt. San Miguel received a reprieve from T-Mobile to hang on until January 31, 2019 while working out a mutually-exclusive application for channel 25 with Entravision.
51 – KDTF Mt. San Miguel moved to channel 16.