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Syracuse, New York
United States
Branding ION Television
Slogan Positively Entertaining
Channels Digital: 15 (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 (O&O; 2007-present)
Owner Ion Media Networks, Inc.
(Ion Media Syracuse License, Inc.)
First air date November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)
Call letters' meaning Syracuse's PaX
Former channel number(s) Analog:
56 (UHF, 1998-2009)
Former affiliations Pax TV (1998-2005)
i (2005-2007)
Transmitter power 49 kW
Height 379 m
Facility ID 64352
Transmitter coordinates
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

WSPX-TV, Ion Television in Syracuse, New York, is owned by ION Media Networks.

WSPX-TV broadcasts on digital channel 15. The channel 15 frequency is short-spaced to Belleville, Ontario's CBLFT and was approved on the condition that effective radiated power of the US station not exceed 100kW.[1]

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.[2] UHF 56 was then left operational from a secondary, side-mounted antenna at a 25% reduction in coverage area until analogue shut-off.

As of November 2013, WSPX-TV features ION, Qubo, ION Life, ION Shop (Informercials, QVC, and HSN programming.

WSPX-TV has been operating since November 24, 1998.[3]


  • Digital television 1
    • Digital channels 1.1
    • Analog-to-digital conversion 1.2
  • Time Warner Cable (Syracuse) 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Digital television[4]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Digital channels

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 high definition in mid May 2010.

Analog-to-digital conversion

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.

Time Warner Cable (Syracuse)

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


  1. ^ FCC construction permit for DTV beginning Feb 2009
  2. ^ FCC application to reduce power on analogue UHF 56
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 26, 1998). "WQEW Getting Mouse Ears?". North East RadioWatch. The Archives at Retrieved 2006-04-30. 
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WSPX
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

External links

  • Query the FCC's TV station database for WSPX-TV
  • BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on WSPX-TV

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