San Diego 600 MHz DTV Station Shuffle–Feb. Update!

Updated information in bold below. – ed.  

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 on PSIP ID 17-17 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 in 2018 and is due to move from channel 30 on March 14, 2019, taking over for KSWB, who is moving to 26.

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-leased signal from Cerro Bola, is working to move from channel 47. KHAX-LD Vista is operating on an STA on channel 21. 

24 – KBNT-CD on Mt. Soledad is ready to make the switch from channel 25 on March 14, 2019, according to Chief Engineer Manuel Rojo. They have a new Harris transmitter and new antenna installed by Wireless Infrastructure Services at the KGTV transmitter site. 

25 – KDTF-LD, another Entravision station, and KSDY-LD have applied for this channel and are considered mutually exclusive. They worked out a settlement agreement wherein, if approved by the FCC, KHAX-LD Vista will get exclusive use of channel 25, KSDY Mt. San Miguel and KTCD Mt. Woodson will share channel 31, and KDTF will take channel 16. KBNT-CD will switch from 25 to 24 on March 14. 

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 on 26 for some time even though they have not filed a Silent STA.

27 – XHBJ Tijuana moved from 44 before November 30, 2018.

30 – KPBS will move to 19. Tijuana will take over this channel after that date.

31 – KSDY-LD got an STA on February 1 to use this channel until the MX agreement (see 25 above) is approved. KSDY-LD changed from 50 to 31 on February 8. KTCD will share channel 31 from Mt. Woodson.

39 – KZSD-LP STA on Mt. San Miguel became KZSD-LD and moved to channel 20 in time for their November 30, 2019 T-Mobile takeover date.

40 – KNSD-TV moves to channel 17 on March 14, 2019.

47 – XHDTV is expected to move to channel 21 soon.

50 – KSDY-LD moved to channel 31 on February 8, 2019. 

51 – KDTF Mt. San Miguel moved to channel 16 using an STA before the November 30, 2018 T-Mobile deadline.

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