KQDS-TV Rescan Message – FCC Spectrum Repack

The FCC has assigned KQDS-TV to a new broadcast frequency. Here's what you need to know...


The Federal Communications Commission has assigned KQDS-TV (FOX 21.1 & 21.2) to a new broadcast frequency as part of the Spectrum Repack.  Click HERE to learn more about the Spectrum Repack.

This change requires KQDS-TV to replace its primary transmitter and broadcast antenna to accommodate the new frequency.  In order to replace those KQDS is currently operating on a lower power, temporary, transmitter while the primary transmitter is being constructed.

The temporary transmitter does not have the capability to reach our full viewing audience and our signal reach will be limited while the replacement transmitter and antenna are installed.  KQDS turned off the historic transmitter on Friday 7/3 and is currently operating on the temporary transmitter.  Construction has begun on the replacement full power transmitter and will last for several weeks.  We will update this article with dates as things progress.  Please bookmark this page and check it periodically for relevant information and schedule dates.


Regarding the re-scan messages that were shown on our channel, because KQDS-TV is moving to a new frequency viewers will need to re-scan their TV sets to find the new channel.  KQDS-TV is currently operating on the temporary transmitter system, on the new channel.  If your re-scan is successful you will see 21.1 & 21.2 channels in your lineup.

If you have already re-scanned your TV set for over-the-air channels and do not see FOX 21 channels in your lineup you are not receiving the new channel from the temporary transmitter and fall into an area where our signal reach is limited.

Once construction is completed on the primary full power transmitter, KQDS-TV will be back to full signal strength and viewers who were not able to receive the temporary transmitter will be able to re-scan and receive KQDS FOX 21 channels, 21.1 & 21.2.

Note that if you are tuning in to one of our translator sites you will not be affected by these changes. Translators are located in Grand Rapids, MN, Hibbing, MN, Virginia, MN, International Falls, MN, Ashland, WI, Hayward, WI & Ironwood, MI.

Please visit this page regularly as we will be providing updates to this article as additional information becomes available.


Thank you,

KQDS-TV FOX 21 Television