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KHET Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KHET

KHET
PBS Hawai'i logo (2020).png
Channels
BrandingPBS Hawai'i
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerHawaii Public Television Foundation
History
First air date
April 15, 1966 (56 years ago) (1966-04-15)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
11 (VHF, 1966–2009)
Digital:
18 (UHF, until 2009)
NET (1966–1970)
Call sign meaning
Hawaii
Educational
Television
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID26431
ERP15.7 kW
HAAT625 m (2,051 ft)
Transmitter coordinates21°24′3″N 158°6′10″W / 21.40083°N 158.10278°W / 21.40083; -158.10278
Translator(s)See below
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.pbshawaii.org
KMEB
Satellite of KHET
Channels
Brandingsee KHET infobox
Programming
Affiliations
  • 10.1: PBS (1970–present)
  • 10.2: PBS Kids / NHK World
  • 10.3: PBS Kids 24/7
Ownership
OwnerHawaii Public Television Foundation
History
First air date
September 22, 1966 (55 years ago) (1966-09-22)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
10 (VHF, 1966–2009)
Digital:
30 (UHF, until 2009)
NET (1966–1970)
Call sign meaning
Maui
Educational
Broadcasting
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID26428
ERP21.2 kW
HAAT747 m (2,451 ft)
Transmitter coordinates20°39′37″N 156°21′46″W / 20.66028°N 156.36278°W / 20.66028; -156.36278 (KMEB)
Links
Public license information

KHET, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, branded as PBS Hawai'i, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, United States and serving the Hawaiian Islands. The station is owned by the Hawaii Public Television Foundation. KHET's studios are located on Sand Island Access Road in Honolulu,[1] and its main transmitter is located on Palehua Ridge, north of Makakilo.[2]

The station's signal is relayed across the rest of the state outside Oahu and metropolitan Honolulu on full-powered satellite KMEB (virtual and VHF digital channel 10) in Wailuku on Maui (with transmitter at Ulupalakua) and through a network of low-powered translators on the other Hawaiian Islands.

Station history[edit]

Logo as "PBS Hawaii"; used from 2016 to early January 2020

KHET signed on the air for the first time on April 15, 1966; KMEB followed on six months later on September 22 of that year. KHET is the second outlet in Honolulu to occupy the channel 11 dial position, the first being KONA-TV from 1952 to 1955, when it moved to channel 2 because the higher VHFs (2 to 6) offered more ERPs at the time; that station is now KHON-TV. Had KONA not moved to channel 2, the channel would have remained a commercial allocation, as the FCC had intended to make channel 7 a non-commercial allocation for Honolulu in the first assignment, but the FCC relocated channel 7 to Wailuku in 1959 and made channel 11 a non-commercial allocation instead (the Wailuku allocation was intended to be on channel 8[3]). Originally known on-air as "Hawaii Educational Television" (or "Hawaii ETV"), it rebranded as "Hawaii Public Television" in 1970 and then became "PBS Hawai'i" in 2003.

PBS Hawaii had remained one of the few remaining American television stations that continued to sign off during the overnight hours, years after most PBS member stations had transitioned to a 24-hour schedule; until July 14, 2019, its over-the-air broadcast signals transmitted from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily, although beginning in 2001, PBS Hawaii maintained a separate 24-hour-a-day cable feed containing programming from the PBS Satellite Service during the over-the-air signals’ overnight dark period (from midnight–5:00 a.m.). On July 15, 2019, coinciding with the launch of its DT3 subchannel (affiliated with PBS Kids 24/7), PBS Hawaii adopted a 24-hour schedule on its broadcast feed: on that date, the member network’s main channel added PBS Satellite Service overnight programming and its DT2 subchannel began offering an expanded schedule of PBS Kids programming in the former downtime.

Original materials from PBS Hawaii have also been contributed to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.[4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[5][6]
11.1 / 10.1 1080i 16:9 KHET-1 Main programming / PBS
11.2 / 10.2 480i KHET-2 PBS Kids (midnight–6:00 p.m.)
NHK World (6:00 p.m.–midnight)
11.3 / 10.3 KHET-3 PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both stations discontinued regular programming on their analog signals, respectively on January 15, 2009, the date in which full-power television stations in Hawai'i transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (six months earlier than the June 12 transition date for stations on the U.S. mainland):[7]

  • KHET discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 11; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to VHF channel 11.
  • KMEB discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 10; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to VHF channel 10.

The station's digital transmitter operates at 9.5 kW (versus 148 kW for its analog signal).[8]

Translators[edit]

PBS Hawai'i operates the following low-powered translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Anahola K36IJ-D 36
Hakalau K36OZ-D 36
Hanalei K29HL-D 29
Hilo K28JV-D 28
Kilauea K34IS-D 34
Lihue K30JE-D 30
Mauna Loa K19JW-D 19
Naalehu K31IZ-D 31
South Point K35II-D 35
Waimea K28JM-D 28
Waipake K21IA-D 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PBS Hawaii - NEW HOME Campaign". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ FCC information for KHET
  3. ^ "F.C.C. Authorizes KALA-TV Permit For Channel 7". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. November 5, 1958. p. 26. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "PBS Hawaii". americanarchive.org. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  5. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  7. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  8. ^ "HDHawaii PBS information". Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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