TV Technical Profile: WPXH
- 44.1 - ION
- 44.2 - qubo
- 44.3 - ION Life
- 44.4 - iShop
- 44.5 - QVC Plus
44.6 - Home Shopping Network
view] Near Highland Lake area, north of Springville, south of
- Power (ERP):
- 225 kW
- Height Above
Average Terrain (HAAT):
- 1,014 feet
- 41 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
map, from the FCC. (FCCdata
Owned by Ion Media Networks, LLC.
- At one point
this station was a repeater of WTTO channel 21 in Birmingham back
when it was a Fox affiliate. The calls were WNAL at the time. At one
point the station was a CBS affiliate and had it's own newscast as
"44 News". That didn't last long, and the station moved to the then
fledgling PAX network of family friendly programming. They repeated
WVTM-13's Birmingham-based newscast for a while. This station became
one of the Birmingham market's first digital television stations,
signing on in November 2002 on channel 45. Changed to the new "i"
Independent Television Network in July 2005, which is now known as
ION. As with most ION station, the digital broadcast is
heavily multiplexed, with the kids-oriented qubo and lifestyle ION
Life network, as well as the Worship religious channel. qubo
is one of the few channels that heavily uses SAP, or second audio
program, for Spanish-language audio. They also do a lot of
Spanish language captioning on the CC3 track.
station elected to keep analog broadcasts on until the new June 12th
deadline, and to provide emergency analog "nitelite" programming
until June 26th 2009.
- It has
been reported that the station dropped the religious-themed
"Worship" network as of February 1st. The
subchannel is now blank. In November 2012 it was observed that
the station had added a fourth subchannel, dubbed "iShop" but
showing regular programming. It eventually morphed into
infomercials 24/7. In August 2013 the station added QVC Plus
to the -.5 subchannel, part of a nationwide rollout with ION network
channels across the United States. At some later point, HSN
(Home Shopping Network) was also added to the lineup, on -.6.
The station received a permit in July 2017 to relocate from RF
channel 45 to 33 as part of the FCC repacking process. In
February 2019, the station petitioned the FCC to stay on RF channel
45, and re-license to the city of Hoover and that city's first
licensed television station.