TV Technical Profile: WHIQ

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25.1 - APT/PBS HD
25.2 - PBS Kids
25.3 - Create
25.4 - World Channel
25.5 - Madison County Schools educational channel / NASA TV
Transmitter Location:
[map] [Google sky view] [Bing bird's eye] [street view] In the Periwinkle Spring area atop Monte Santo Mountain, just south of Bankhead Parkway, across Monte Santo Boulevard from WAAY-DT and WHNT-DT's towers.  Co-located with WLRH.
Power (ERP):
396 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT):
1,110 feet
Other Information:
41 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.1 APT/PBS channel
[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.2 PBS World channel
[Picture] Snapshot of network ID for -.3 PBS Create channel
Came on the air in November of 1965 as a part of the Alabama Public Television network. WHIQ-DT came on the air in April 2003.  Listings show both analog and digital on the same channel.  This channel flash-cut to digital on RF channel 25 on the original analog shutdown date of February 17th 2009.  Due to budget cuts, at the start of October, 2012, all APT stations dropped iQ for PBS' World channel.  Starting in October 2015, the network began only airing PBS World during the second half of the day due to concerns over adult programming appearing during hours when children may be watching.  A planned update for late 2015 or early 2016 to the switching equipment at the main studio will allow the station to cut out individual shows and insert child-friendly programming.

In September 2023, the station received a permit to swap out their antenna, moving from one with horizontal polarization to one with elliptical polarization.  The change won't affect coverage, power or antenna height.