List of LPTV Stations and Translators

Yagi type antenna for UHF DTV television receptionEureka, CA – We decided to spend some time this week compiling a list of translators and low-power (LPTV) stations in Northern California, almost all of which will continue broadcasting in analog for the foreseeable future. The Federal Communications Commission does not plan on making these stations switch to digital anytime soon, if ever. So, you will be able to continue watching them after February 2009 (assuming that you can receive them now) without a DTV converter. If you have an older TV and DO buy a DTV converter box, be sure to buy one that has analog pass-through capabilities. Otherwise, you will lose reception of these stations entirely.

The below list was compiled from the U.S. Department of Commerce (NTIA), and is current as of January 2008. We’ve added an *asterisk in front of stations licensed in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Southern Mendocino Counties in Northern California. Keep in mind, these stations all transmit using very little power, so picking up any of them is rather tricky. As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive list of translators available for the area, and the only one that lists network affiliations and the names of the stations that operate invividual translators.

One fact that I find particularly interesting is that we have more LPTV stations and translators in rural Northern California than you will find in any major metropolitan area, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco. In fact, San Francisco seems to only have a single LPTV broadcaster. Also, the localities given do not always seem to reflect the actual location of the translators in all cases. Broadcasters are not required to disclose the “exact” location of their transmitting facilities, which can make it extremely difficult to determine which direction to point you antenna in for the best reception. This is especially true at UHF frequencies (channels 14 and up), where you likely won’t see any signal at all if you don’t aim an antenna in precisely the right direction.

Another interesting factoid is the large number of low-power television stations that have been licensed in the Eureka area. Despite having been granted construction permits, none of the channels currently assigned to “MS Communications” have ever broadcast a signal, to the best of our knowledge. Apparently, MS Communications holds the licenses for literally hundreds of LPTV stations across the country, none of which seem to be operational. It is doubtful that there will ever be any television programming on these stations.

We’ve added comments where appropriate, including network affiliations.

Community Served Station Call Letters Channel
ALTADENA KTAV-LP 69
ALTURAS K20DE 20
ALTURAS, ETC. K47EH 47
ALTURAS, ETC. K60AR 60
ANDERSON/CENTRL VAL. K38FQ 38
ARROYO GRANDE KSSY-LP 20
ATASCADERO KASC-CA 7
BAKERSFIELD KTFB-CA 4
BAKERSFIELD K08MM 8
BAKERSFIELD KKEY-LP 11
BAKERSFIELD K18HD 18
BAKERSFIELD K21FP 21
BAKERSFIELD K24GS 24
BAKERSFIELD KBTF-CA 31
BAKERSFIELD KVPT-LP 34
BAKERSFIELD KBFK-LP 36
BAKERSFIELD KNXT-LP 38
BAKERSFIELD KZKC-LP 42
BAKERSFIELD K46II 46
BAKERSFIELD KEBK-LP 47
BAKERSFIELD KABE-LP 52
BAKERSFIELD KBFX-CA 58
BARSTOW KCIO-LP 6
BARSTOW K16GE 16
BARSTOW K28IE 28
* BENBOW, ETC. K12JJ 12 (KAEF Translator)
BIEBER, ETC. K06GS 6
BIG BEAR LAKE K06MU 6
BIG BEAR LAKE KPCD-LP 40
BIG BEND, ETC. K04EZ 4
* BLUE LAKE K36BT 36 (KAEF Translator)
BLYTHE K24FA 24
BLYTHE K26FS 26
BLYTHE K29EC 29
BLYTHE K31FE 31
BLYTHE K33FD 33
BOONVILLE, ETC. K57CT 57
BOONVILLE, ETC. K59CH 59
BOONVILLE, ETC. K61CH 61
BOONVILLE, ETC. K63CE 63
BOONVILLE, ETC. K67CC 67
BOONVILLE, ETC. K69CU 69
BRIDGEPORT, ETC. K02JX 2
BRIDGEPORT, ETC. K07QM 7
BRIDGEPORT, ETC. K11HS 11
BRIDGEPORT, ETC. K13EX 13
BURNEY, ETC. K05DQ 5
* BURNT RANCH, ETC. K12JL 12 (KIEM Translator)
CALEXICO K36FO 36
CATHEDRAL CITY KDPX-LP 45
CATHEDRAL CITY-PALM KPSP-LP 58
CEDARVILLE K71AF 71
CHALFANT VALLEY, ETC K64CY 64
CHALFANT VALLEY,ETC. K55FD 55
CHALFANT VALLEY,ETC. K61EJ 61
CHICO K02OA 2
CHICO KEFM-LP 6
CHICO KXVU-LP 17
CHICO K19FY 19
CHICO KZVU-LP 22
CHICO KUCO-LP 27
CHICO KKPM-CA 28
CHICO KKTF-LP 35
CHICO KBIT-LD 51
CHICO KSGO-LP 59
CHINA LAKE, ETC. K14AT 14
CLARKS CROSSING KDAS-LP 48
* CRESCENT CITY K09VQ 9 (KEET Translator)
* CRESCENT CITY, ETC. K22DS 22 (KOBI Translator)
* CRESCENT CITY, ETC. K39EO 39 (Daystar Television Network)
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K15DP 15
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K17DF 17
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K19DI 19
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K25EB 25
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K27DV 27
CROWLEY LAKE-LONG VA K58BN 58
DAGGETT K15BZ 15
DAGGETT K19BS 19
DAGGETT K41CY 41
DAGGETT K48IP 48
DAGGETT K50HV 50
DAGGETT, ETC. KTSK-LP 17
DAGGETT, ETC. K23BP 23
DAGGETT, ETC. K35BQ 35
DAGGETT, ETC. K39DW 39
DAGGETT, ETC. K46HT 46
DUNSMUIR, ETC. K02CN 2
DUNSMUIR, ETC. K05BR 5
EAGLEVILLE K13IU 13
EAST WEED K33DI 33
EL CENTRO-HOLTVILLE K56GC 56
ETNA-FORT JONES K02HC 2
* EUREKA KUVU-LP 9 (CW Network)
* EUREKA ** K27FX 27
* EUREKA KEUV-LP 31 (Univision)
* EUREKA KEMY-LP 33 (MyNetwork)
* EUREKA ** K41FD 41
* EUREKA ** K48GP 48
* EUREKA ** K50EQ 50
* EUREKA ** K52FK 52
* EUREKA ** K57HB 57
* EUREKA ** K59FW 59
* EUREKA ** K63GK 63
* EUREKA **** K67GU 67 (KKTF-LP Translator)
* EUREKA ** K69IE 69
FALL RIVER MILLS,ETC K11JM 11
FALL RIVER MILLS-MCA K28DB 28
FORT BIDWELL K04GB 4
FORT DICK K36HM 36
FORT JONES, ETC. K04EQ 4
FORT JONES, ETC. K06KA 6
FORT JONES, ETC. K13HU 13
* FORTUNA K14MN 14 (KBVU/KTVU Translator)
* FORTUNA/RIO DELL K20CN 20 (KAEF Translator)
* FRESHWATER, ETC. K45DS 45 (KAEF Translator)
FRESNO K03HK 3
FRESNO KVHF-LP 4
FRESNO K12OZ 12
FRESNO K15ET 15
FRESNO KHSC-LP 16
FRESNO KZMM-CA 22
FRESNO KJKZ-LP 27
FRESNO KBID-LP 31
FRESNO KJEO-LP 32
FRESNO KSDI-LP 33
FRESNO KMSG-LP 39
FRESNO KTFF-LP 41
FRESNO K56DZ 56
* GARBERVILLE K10HX 10 (KVIQ Translator)
* GARBERVILLE, ETC. K04NX 4 (KIEM Translator)
GONZALES KOTR-LP 2
GRASS VALLEY K16CX 16
* GREEN POINT, ETC. K05EQ 5 (KRCR Translator)
HAPPY CAMP K07IX 7
HAPPY CAMP, ETC. K09PI 9
HAPPY CAMP, ETC. K11GO 11
HAPPY CAMP, ETC. K13GL 13
* HAYFORK K05CR 5 (KIXE Translator)
* HOOPA K07GJ 7 (KIEM Translator)
* HOOPA K11NE 11 (KVIQ Translator)
HOPLAND K06FA 6
HOPLAND K10FZ 10
HOPLAND K11TD 11
HOPLAND K13ID 13
HOPLAND K35DO 35
INDIO KVER-CA 4
INDIO KEVC-CA 5
INDIO K06MB 6
INDIO KVPS-LP 8
INDIO KUNA-LP 15
INDIO K19DH 19
INDIO K25GW 25
INDIO/PALM SPRINGS KDFX-CA 33
INLAND EMPIRE KHTV-LP 48
INYOKERN K19CL 19
INYOKERN, ETC. K47AE 47
JOSHUA TREE K25GK 25
JOSHUA TREE, ETC. K14JT 14
* KLAMATH K25CI 25 (KAEF Translator)
LA JOLLA K35DG 35
LA JOLLA K59AL 59
LA JOLLA K67AM 67
LAKE CITY, ETC. K06FF 6
LAKE SHASTINA K27BH 27
LAKEHEAD K02FF 2
LAKEHEAD K14HX 14
LAKEPORT K15FJ 15
LAKEPORT K26GK 26
LAKEPORT K33CH 33
LAKEPORT K46DR 46
LAKEPORT K54CY 54
LAKEPORT K56AW 56
LAKEPORT K58AW 58
LAKEPORT K64AZ 64
LAKEPORT K68AL 68
LAKEPORT, ETC. K52AJ 52
LAKESHORE, ETC. K04FL 4
LANCASTER K26GN 26
LANCASTER KEDD-LP 50
* LEWISTON K06EX 6 (KHSL Translator)
* LEWISTON K28CY 28 (KIXE Translator)
* LEWISTON, ETC. K03CT 3 (KRCR Translator)
LIKELY K05ET 5
LIKELY K11LD 11
LITCHFIELD K13RZ 13
LITCHFIELD K46HL 46
LITCHFIELD K48DI 48
LITCHFIELD K50HJ 50
LOMPOC K10OG 10
LOMPOC KLDF-CA 17
LOMPOC K23CL 23
LONG VALLEY K05FR 5
LONG VALLEY K49EA 49
LONG VALLEY K56BS 56
LONG VALLEY REGION K60BR 60
LOS ANGELES KVTU-LP 3
LOS ANGELES KNET-LP 25
LOS ANGELES KSMV-LP 33
LOS ANGELES KNLA-LP 68
LUCERNE VALLEY K15CA 15
LUCERNE VALLEY K19BT 19
LUCERNE VALLEY K33DK 33
LUCERNE VALLEY K41CB 41
LUCERNE VALLEY K43EE 43
LUCERNE VALLEY K48AD 48
LUCERNE VALLEY K50EW 50
LUCERNE VALLEY K54AD 54
MAMMOTH LAKES, ETC. KSRW-LP 33
MARIPOSA K27GZ 27
MARTINEZ K49HV 49
MINERAL K05JK 5
* MIRANDA K08LD 8 (KVIQ Translator)
* MIRANDA K10NU 10 (KIEM Translator)
MODESTO KAZV-LP 14
MODESTO KEXT-CA 27
MODESTO K49EO 49
MODESTO KACA-LP 61
MONTEREY KMUV-LP 23
MONTEREY KYMB-LP 27
MONTEREY KMCE-LP 43
MONTEREY, ETC. K29AB 29
MORENO VALLEY KRMV-LP 45
MORONGO VALLEY KHIR-LP 3
MORONGO VALLEY K13WJ 13
MORONGO VALLEY K14AB 14
MORONGO VALLEY K16AA 16
MORONGO VALLEY KJHP-LP 18
MORONGO VALLEY K21GI 21
MORONGO VALLEY K30GU 30
MORONGO VALLEY K32EM 32
MORONGO VALLEY K34EU 34
MORONGO VALLEY K36GO 36
MORONGO VALLEY K40HX 40
MORONGO VALLEY K48EM 48
MORRO BAY K09UF 9
MORRO BAY K22EE 22
MOUNTAIN GATE, ETC. K03FU 3
NATIONAL CITY K61GH 61
NEEDLES K30BQ 30
NEEDLES, ETC. K17BN 17
NEEDLES, ETC. K31HY 31
NEWBERRY SPRINGS K03EK 3
NEWBERRY SPRINGS K06IQ 6
NEWBERRY SPRINGS K08IA 8
NEWBERRY SPRINGS K10IX 10
NEWBERRY SPRINGS K12JI 12
NEWELL, TULELAKE K13IV 13
* ORLEANS K08HJ 8 (KVIQ Translator)
* ORLEANS K11IQ 11 (KIEM Translator)
OROVILLE K08NH 8
OROVILLE K15CX 15
OROVILLE K42HL 42
OXNARD KSKP-CA 25
PALERMO K04QC 4
PALM DESERT KDUO-LP 43
PALM DESERT, ETC. K09XW 9
PALM SPRINGS KCWQ-LP 2
PALM SPRINGS KYAV-LP 12
PALM SPRINGS KODG-LP 17
PALM SPRINGS K20HZ 20
PALM SPRINGS KVES-LP 28
PALM SPRINGS K40ID 40
PALM SPRINGS KPSE-LP 50
PALM SPRINGS DK77AV 77
PALM SPRINGS/INDIO K21DO 21
PALMDALE KPAL-LP 38
PALMDALE K67AO 67
PARADISE K05EM 5
PARADISE K49CT 49
PASO ROBLES K17GD 17
PASO ROBLES KPAO-CA 22
PASO ROBLES K23ED 23
PASO ROBLES KJCN-LP 36
PASO ROBLES K44DN 44
PORTERVILLE K15CO 15
PORTERVILLE KVVG-LP 54
POTTER VALLEY K06DK 6
POTTER VALLEY K08EE 8
POTTER VALLEY K10EQ 10
POTTER VALLEY K12DV 12
POTTER VALLEY K66DQ 66
POTTER VALLEY K69DI 69
POWAY, ETC. KUAN-LP 48
REDDING KMCA-LP 2
REDDING KVFR-LP 4
REDDING KRDN-LP 5
REDDING KFMD-LP 6
REDDING KRVU-LP 21
REDDING KGEC-LP 26
REDDING KMSX-LP 29
REDDING K33HH 33
REDDING K40HE 40
REDDING K46HI 46
REDDING KRDT-CA 47
REDDING K50GP 50
REDDING KRHT-LP 58
REDLANDS KLAU-LP 66
REEDLEY KCWB-LP 13
RIDGECREST K41GO 41
RIDGECREST K43AG 43
RIDGECREST K45GQ 45
RIDGECREST, ETC. K02HY 2
RIDGECREST, ETC. K04HX 4
RIDGECREST, ETC. K05FO 5
RIDGECREST, ETC. K07NH 7
RIDGECREST, ETC. K09MG 9
RIDGECREST, ETC. K11ML 11
RIDGECREST, ETC. K13NF 13
RIDGECREST, ETC. K49AA 49
RIDGECREST, ETC. K51DD 51
RIDGECREST, ETC. K53AB 53
RIDGECREST, ETC. K55AB 55
RIDGECREST, ETC. K57AK 57
RIDGECREST, ETC. K59AO 59
* RIO DELL K04NY 4 (KIEM Translator)
* RIO DELL, SCOTIA K10FS 10 (KVIQ Translator)
RIVERSIDE KZSW-LP 27
SACRAMENTO KBTV-CA 8
SACRAMENTO KMMK-LP 14
SACRAMENTO KMUM-CA 15
SACRAMENTO K22FR 22
SACRAMENTO KEZT-CA 23
SACRAMENTO K27EU 27
SACRAMENTO KSTV-LP 32
SACRAMENTO KCSO-LP 33
SACRAMENTO K45HC 45
SACRAMENTO KRJR-LP 47
SACRAMENTO KSAO-LP 49
SALINAS KMMD-CA 3
SALINAS K15CU 15
SALINAS KLFB-LP 21
SALINAS K38JP 38
SALINAS/MONTEREY,ETC KDJT-CA 33
SAN BERNARDINO KSGA-LP 64
SAN DIEGO KBNT-CA 17
SAN DIEGO KDTF-LP 36
SAN DIEGO KZSD-LP 41
SAN DIEGO KBOP-CA 43
SAN DIEGO KTCD-LP 46
SAN DIEGO K63EN 63
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY KSFV-LP 26
SAN FRANCISCO KMMC-LP 40
SAN FRANCISCO, ETC. KFTL-CA 28
SAN LUIS OBISPO K16FC 16
SAN LUIS OBISPO KMMA-CA 18
SAN LUIS OBISPO KKFX-CA 24
SAN LUIS OBISPO K28FK 28
SAN LUIS OBISPO KSBO-CA 42
SAN LUIS OBISPO KFUL-LP 44
SAN LUIS OBISPO K47GD 47
SAN LUIS OBISPO KCCE-LP 50
SAN LUIS OBISPO KPXA-LP 60
SAN LUIS OBISPO,ETC. K57BC 57
SAN MARCOS KSKT-CA 43
SANTA BARBARA KZDF-LP 8
SANTA BARBARA KSBB-LP 17
SANTA BARBARA KWHY-LP 22
SANTA BARBARA K26FT 26
SANTA BARBARA KVMM-CA 41
SANTA BARBARA KTSB-LP 43
SANTA BARBARA KBAB-LP 51
SANTA BARBARA K59CD 59
SANTA BARBARA, ETC. K28GY 28
SANTA CLARA-SAN JOSE KAXT-CA 22
SANTA MARIA K07TA 7
SANTA MARIA KKDJ-LP 8
SANTA MARIA KQMM-CA 14
SANTA MARIA KLFA-LP 25
SANTA MARIA KDFS-CA 30
SANTA MARIA K35ER 35
SANTA MARIA KWSM-LP 40
SANTA MARIA K46GF 46
SANTA MARIA K51GB 51
SANTA ROSA K25HI 25
SANTA ROSA KDTV-CA 28
SANTA ROSA KTVJ-LP 36
SANTA ROSA KQRM-LP 40
SEIAD VALLEY K04NU 4
SEIAD VALLEY K08EQ 8
SEIAD VALLEY K12JD 12
* SHELTER COVE K02OD 2 (KIEM Translator)
* SHELTER COVE K10KY 10 KVIQ Translator)
* SHELTER COVE K12OV 12 (KEET Translator)
* SOUTH EUREKA/LOLETA K51EG 51 (KAEF Translator)
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE K12PP 12
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE K33CN 33
SOUTH YREKA K47DV 47
STATELINE, ETC. K43DB 43
STOCKTON KMMW-LP 47
STOCKTON KDTS-LP 52
SUSANVILLE KREN-LP 29
SUSANVILLE, ETC. K36HH 36
SUSANVILLE, ETC. K42GV 42
SUSANVILLE, ETC. K61EN 61
SUSANVILLE, ETC. K63CM 63
SUSANVILLE, ETC. K69FS 69
SUSANVILLE-HERLONG K59ET 59
SWAUGER CREEK K51CP 51
SWAUGER CREEK K54CX 54
TAHOE CITY K23DT 23
TAHOE CITY K56BW 56
TEMECULA K12PO 12
* TRINITY CENTER K39DG 39 (KIXE Translator)
TWENTYNINE PALMS K18FH 18
TWENTYNINE PALMS K38EE 38
TWENTYNINE PALMS, ET K51DU 51
TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC K16FI 16
TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC K29GK 29
TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC K47IB 47
TWENTYNINE PALMS,ETC K49DC 49
UKIAH K17CG 17
UKIAH K21CD 21
UKIAH K27EE 27
UKIAH K29DF 29
UKIAH K31GK 31
UKIAH K39AG 39
UKIAH K41AF 41
UKIAH K43AF 43
UKIAH KTJH-LP 44
UKIAH K45AH 45
UKIAH K47AL 47
UKIAH K51AQ 51
UKIAH K55GX 55
UKIAH K69DF 69
VAN NUYS KWJD-LP 25
VAN NUYS KSKJ-CA 38
VAN NUYS K55KD 55
VENTURA KIMG-LP 23
VENTURA K45DU 45
VICTORVILLE K39GY 39
VICTORVILLE K47CC 47
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K21AC 21
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K25AD 25
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K27AE 27
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K31AD 31
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K51AN 51
VICTORVILLE, ETC. K55CW 55
VISALIA KFAZ-CA 8
VISALIA KMCF-LP 35
VISTA K26FA 26
VISTA KHAX-LP 49
* WEAVERVILLE, ETC. K02EE 2 (KIXE Translator)
* WEAVERVILLE, ETC. K04DD 4 (KHSL Translator)
* WEAVERVILLE, ETC. K05CF 5 (KRCR Translator)
WESTWOOD, ETC. K54EE 54
* WILLOW CREEK K08GR 8 (KIEM Translator)
* WILLOW CREEK K10EN 10 (KVIQ Translator)
* WILLOW CREEK K34BW 34 (KRCR Translator)
YREKA K06GP 6
YREKA K41JB 41
YREKA K53DY 53
YREKA, ETC. K04HE 4
YREKA, ETC. K13LO 13
YREKA, ETC. K17BA 17
YREKA, ETC. K35DE 35
YUCCA VALLEY K27DS 27
Source: Stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, January 23, 2008

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** Also listed, but unable to confirm:

K13MD Channel 13 Hyampom (KIEM Translator?)

k09PM Channel 9 Covelo (KEET Translator?)

K09MS Channel 9 Hoopa (KEET Translator?)

K04EM Channel 4 Hayfork (KRCR Translator?)

K05FZ Channel 5 Trinity Center (KRCR Translator?)

K05EX Channel 5 Burnt Ranch (KRCR Translator?)

*** Construction permit applied for by MS Communications, Inc. No word on what, if anything, will eventually be on these channels. Channels currently vacant.

**** Supposedly belongs to KKTF-LP, a Spanish language broadcaster in Chico, which plans to offer Telefutura. Currently vacant.

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