Digital Television
DTV - HDTV Channel List

San Francisco Bay Area
(within 100 miles of San Francisco)
Listed by Re-Pack Channel

This list shows which channel stations will be transmitting on after the re-pack channel
changes are completed in the Spring of 2020.  It does not include sub-channel information.

NOTE: There are two station lists here.  The first list is the known repack channel assignments.  The second list are low power stations where the future channel assignment is not known.  This information will be updated when available.

Following the station listings you'll find a summary of re-pack data showing the start and completion dates of each of the nine phases of the re-pack.  Stations in Northern California are in phases 8 and 9.  The callsign of each local station is indicated in the phase information.

See "Notes" below the lists for an explanation of the header information.

* next to Re-Pack channel number = channel change required.

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New
Repack
Channel
Present
Transmtr
Channel
Virtual
Channel
Call
Letters
ProgrammingCity of
License
Transmitter
Location
ERP
kW
Antenna
HAAT-ft
Information
and Notes
 
2245KFTYDove TVMiddletownMt. St. Helena32946 L - kkpm.tv
 
2245KQRODove TVMorgan HillMt. Chual32438 L - kkpm.tv
 
3333KCSOTelemundoSacramentoWalnut Grove31673 H - L
 
333KURKDove TVSan FranciscoMt. Tamalpais32178 L - kkpm.tv
 
333K03IZ?Salinas?32185 H - L
 
4417KQSLDove TVSan RafaelSutro Tower32178 L - kkpm.tv
 
5  *2322KRCBPBSCotatiSonoma Mtn.2992068 H
 
666KFMYDove TVHealdsburgSonoma Mt.0.3338 L - kkpm.tv
 
7  *384KRONMyNetworkTVSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - kron4.com
 
888KSBWNBCSalinasFremont Peak20.62493 H - ksbw.com
 
996KVIEPBSSacramentoWalnut Grove331958 H - M - kvie.org
 
101010KXTVABCSacramentoWalnut Grove28.62008 H - T - news10.net
 
11  *1335KCBAFOXSalinasFremont Peak19.752362 H
 
12  *2444KRJRReligionSacramentoSacramento15449 L
 
12  *77KGOABCSan FranciscoSutro Tower701703 H - T - abc7news.com
 
13  *1211KNTVNBCSan JoseMt. San Bruno103.11236 H - M - nbcbayarea.com
 
14  *4346K46LGAztecaMontereyFremont Peak152247 L - R
 
14  *4949KSAOMundoMXSacramentoSE of Folsom10.3344 L
 
14  *852KDTSDaystarSan FranciscoSutro Tower151552 L - H - daystar.com - Sharing with   KMMC, KQTA
 
14  *2833KMMWTelemundoStocktonS of San Andreas151831 H - L
 
151523KBSVArmenianCeres?500135 
 
151515K15CUCozi TVSalinasFremont Peak5.742267 H - L
 
181819KUVSUnivisionModestoS of San Andreas5001821 H
 
19  *3115KMUMTelemundoSacramentoNW of Rio Linda15410 H - L
 
19  *4948KSTSTelemundoSan JoseMt. Allison2572257 H - M
 
202027K20JX3ABNSacramentoSW of Lincoln15384 L
 
20  *5114KDTVUnivisionSan FranciscoMt. Allison4762300 H - Sharing wih KTSF - univision14.com
 
21  *2828KCNZCreation TVSan FranciscoMt. San Bruno12.51345 L - Sharing with KOFY, KMTP, KQRM
 
21  *2828KDTVUnivisionSanta RosaN of Calistoga3.72697 L
 
21  *4829KSPXIonSacramentoWalnut Grove10001604 H
 
22  *4040KTXLFOXSacramentoWalnut Grove10001972 H
 
22  *4268KTLNHeroes&IconsPalo AltoMt. Allison151916 L - V - Sharing with KAXT
 
23  *2123KMUVTelemundoMontereyFremont Peak4.52356 H L
 
23  *2016KSCZAsianSan Francisco-San JoseMt. Allison152224 L
 
23  *4658KQCAMyNetTVStocktonWalnut Grove6001903 H
 
242443KMCEAztecaMontereyMt. Madonna-Morgan Hill15? L
 
24  *2131KMAXCWSacramentoWalnut Grove5451988 H
 
24  *1124KAAPDiya-TVSan Jose/San.ClaraMt. Allison.552547 L
 
252513KOVRCBSStocktonWalnut Grove10002021 H - cbssacramento.com
 
25  *4848KDASDaystarSanta RosaSanta Rosa15? L - H - daystar.com
 
252525KQETPBS-HDWatsonvilleFremont Peak81.12292 H
 
262633KDJTUniMasSalinas-MontereyFremont Peak8.972431 L - R
 
26262KTVUFOXSan JoseMonument Pk2.152149 H - L - R - ktvu.com
 
262627KUKRDove TVSanta RosaNE of Santa Rosa2879 L - kkpm.tv
 
262664KTFKUniMasStocktonWalnut Grove8501952 H
 
272727K27OT?ModestoModesto?? L
 
27278KBTVCrossingsSacramentoDowntown Sac'to15285 L - T
 
27  *4360KPJKEducationalSan MateoSutro Tower5001678 H
 
282839KMMDLAFF TVSalinasMt. Toro152418 L - Rl
 
282828KKPMDove TVChicoSutter Butttes152142 L - kkpm.tv
 
28  *4544KBCWCWSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001611 H
 
29295KPIXCBSSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - T - cbssf.com
 
30  *4543KAHCLAFFSacramentoDowntown15130 T
 
30309KQEDPBS-HDSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - Sharing with KQEH - kqed.org
 
31  *4747KFMSAltavisionKeyesDowntown Sac'to15? L
 
31  *3838K38JPMonterey Cty Ed.SalinasMt. Toro152254 H - L- To become K31OL
 
31  *442KTVUFOXOaklandSutro Tower10001680 H - M - ktvu.com
 
323246KIONCBSMontereyMt. Toro462487 H
 
32  *3938KCNSSBNSan FranciscoSutro Tower10001679 H - Sharing with KEMO and KTNC
 
334251KMSXReligionSacramentoW of N. Highlands15449 L
 
33  *4165KKPXIonSan JoseMt. San Bruno10001371 H - M
 
34  *2323KEZTUnivisionSacramentoDowntown Sacto4.5279 H - L
 
343466KFSFUniMasVallejoSutro Tower3701634 H
 
35353KCRANBCSacramentoWalnut Grove10001900 H - M - kcra.com
 
35357KGOABCSan JoseMt. Allison12.11959 H - L - T - abc7news.com
 
363610KXTVABCSacramentoDowntown Sacto3100 H - T - news10.net
 
363636KICUIndependentSan JoseMonument Pk7402251 H - M
 

The new channel assignment is unknown for these low power stations.
New
Repack
Channel
Present
Transmtr
Channel
Virtual
Channel
Call
Letters
ProgrammingCity of
License
Transmitter
Location
ERP
kW
Antenna
HAAT-ft
Information
and Notes
 
?438K04QRShoppingEspartoSE of Folsom0.3482 L
 
?44K04RS?Salinas-San Juan Bautista?0.150? L
 
?711K07ZK?MontereySE of Monterey0.1105 L
 
?1112KPJCDove TVSan FranciscoCP for 1201 California St..0392156 L - kkpm.tv
 
?2222KLFB3ABNSalinasMt. Toro3.492651 L
 
?2727KYMBME-TVMontereySE of Monterey8.41290 L
 
?3232KFKK?StocktonModesto5341 L
 
?3232KSTVJewelry TVSacramentoFolsom, CA15354 L
 
?3434KACADaystarModestoW of Ripon, CA10440 H - L
 
?4949KZHDNorth Bay TVSanta RosaNE of Santa Rosa1341 H - L
 



Re-Pack Phase Information:

            Testing Period   Phase Completion
Phase      Start Date       Date

   1           9/14/2018      11/30/2018

   2           12/1/2018        4/12/2019

   3           4/13/2019        6/21/2019

   4           6/22/2019        8/2/2019

   5           8/3/2019          9/6/2019

   6           9/7/2019        10/18/2019

   7           10/19/2019      1/17/2020

   8           1/18/2020        3/13/2020
See details for Phase 8 below.

   9           3/14/2020        5/1/2020
See details for Phase 9 below.


Northern California Stations:

Phase 8
(*=Stations on Sutro Tower plan to move during last week of April, 2020.)

KSPX           New Ch 21 from Ch 46  SACRAMENTO
KTXL          New Ch 22 from Ch 40  SACRAMENTO
* KPJK           New Ch 27 from Ch 43  SAN MATEO
* KTVU          New Ch 31 from Ch 44  OAKLAND
* KCNS          New Ch 32 from Ch 39  SAN FRANCISCO
KKPX          New Ch 33 from Ch 41  SAN JOSE


Phase 9
(#=Stations on Sutro Tower plan to move on May 1.

Linked Station Set 63

KRCB          New  Ch 5  from Ch 23  COTATI, CA
KCVU          New Ch 17 from Ch 20  PARADISE, CA
KSTS           New Ch 19 from Ch 49  SAN JOSE
KNVN          New Ch 20 from Ch 24  CHICO, CA
KDTV-DT    New Ch 20 from Ch 51  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KCNZ-CD    New Ch 21 from Ch 28  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KDTV-CD    New Ch 21 from Ch 28  SANTA ROSA, CA
KTLN/KAXT    New Ch 22 from Ch 42  PALO ALTO, CA
KQCA          New Ch 23 from Ch 46  STOCKTON, CA
KMAX-TV   New Ch 24 from Ch 21  SACRAMENTO, CA
# KBCW          New Ch 28 from Ch 45  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KEZT-CD     New Ch 34 from Ch 23  SACRAMENTO, CA


Phase 9

Linked Station Set 67

# KRON-TV  New Ch 7 from Ch 38  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KCBA        New Ch 11 from Ch 13  SALINAS, CA
# KGO-TV    New Ch 12 from Ch 7  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
KNTV        New Ch 13 from Ch 12  SAN JOSE, CA




Summary of Northern California Stations Changing Channels
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The following stations will be changing their transmitter channel next Spring. Virtual channels will remain the same as they are now, but everyone will have to re-scan when the changes are made.

Work on the antenna changes has already begun on Sutro Tower. They are planning to move the Phase 8 stations during the last week of April, 2020. and the Phase 9 stations on May 1, 2020.

- - -

KAXT-1 42 to 22 S-KTLN
KTVU-2 44 to 31
KRON-4 38 to 7
KGO-7 7 to 12
KNTV-11 12 to 13
KQTA-13 13 to 14 S-KDTS
KDTV-14 51 to 20
KMUM-15 31 to 19
KSCZ-16 20 to 23
KOFY-20 28 to 21 S-KCNZ
KRCB-22 23 to 5
KEZT-23 23 to 14
KMUV-23 21 to 23
KAAP-24 11 to 24
KTSF-26 51 to 20 S-KDTV
KCNZ-28 28 to 21
KDTV-CD 28 to 21
KSPX-29 48 to 21
KMAX-31 21 to 24
KMTP-32 28 to 21 S-KCNZ
KMUM-33 31 to 19
KMMW-33 28 to 14
KCBA-35 13 to 11
KCNS-38 39 to 32
K38JP-38 38 to 31
KTXL-40 40 to 22
KMMC-40 40 to 14
KTNC-42 39 to 32 S-KCNS
K46LG-43 24 to 14
KAHC-43 45 to 30
KBCW-44 45 to 28
KRJR-44 24 to 12
K46LG46 43 to 14
KFMS-47 47 to 31
KDAS-48 48 to 25
KSTS-48 49 to 19
KSAO-49 49 to 14
KEMO-50 39 to 32 S-KCNS
KMSX-51 42 to 33
KDTS-52 8 to 14
KQCA-58 46 to 23
KPJK-60 43 to 27
KQRM-61 28 to 21 S-KCNZ
KKPX-65 41 to 33
KTLN-68 42 to 22




NOTES:

Repack Channel is the channel number that the station will transmit on after the channel changes are made in the Spring of 2020.  (? = Future channel assignment not known for this low power station.)

Transmitter Channel is the channel number the station presently transmits on.  You might note that the transmitter channel sub-channels might not be the same sub-channel numbers that appear on the virtual channel.  Some stations do not begin their sub-channels with .1 on their transmitter channel, so you may find nothing on .1 or .2 and find sub-channels on .3 and above.

Virtual Channel is the channel to which the signal is aliased.  A signal transmitted by the station causes this number to be used on viewers' sets.  Stations are required by the FCC to use their former analog channel number as their Virtual Channel since viewers are familiar with that numbering system and station identification. 

Station sub-channels:
Several programming sub-channels can be transmitted on each digital television channel.  To distinguish a station's sub-channels, decimals or dashes are added after the channel number - for example 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3, or 7-1, 7-2 and 7-3.  Most tuners will not show any digital signals until you've had the tuner do a "scan", and if a station has made changes in its lineup, many tuners will not show those changes until you scan again.

Tuners:
Some tuners show stations with the actual transmitter channels, but most tuners only show stations on their virtual channels.

All tuners will show all of a station's sub-channels.  If you receive the station well enough to receive any one of its sub-channels, you'll see all of the sub-channels. 

General notes:
Knowing transmitter channels is important when you select antennas, coax, and preamplifiers, since virtual channels are meaningless when you design your antenna and signal distribution systems.

Clicking on the call letters of a station in the list above will take you to that station's records on the Federal Communications Commission site.

The television band now consists of channels 2 through 51. When the repack is complete in 2020, the television band will consist of only channels 2 through 36.
Channels 2 through 6 are Low VHF.
Channels 7 through 13 are High VHF.
Channels 14 through 51 are UHF.

VHF signals propagate more readily than UHF signals, so VHF stations need to transmit with less power to cover the same area.

The actual frequencies of the various channels can be seen on the CSG Network Television Frequency Table.

Abbreviations in headers:
ERP = Effective Radiated Power
HAAT = Height Above Average Terrain
H - Transmits in High Definition
L - Low Power or Translator Station
M - Transmits mobile DTV
R - Station has changed to new re-pack channel
S - Secondary Transmitter - Distributed Transmission System
T - See notes below for special information for this station
V - KAXT has FCC approval to use channel 1 for its virtual channel
X - Station has gone off the air
Major San Francisco sites are in red.
Major Sacramento site is in green.




These charts will be updated as required.
Last updated on September 28, 2019.

Data on this page was compiled by:
   Larry Kenney, WB9LOZ, Retired engineer, KGO/ABC

There are very active HDTV forums on line for the Bay Area and the nation.
Visit our Broadcasting Page for links to them - https://larrykenney.com/broadcast.html

Accuracy is not guaranteed but is correct to the best of my knowledge.

Larry Kenney
Corrections are welcome



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