We’re broadcasting at full-strength from our transmitter on Capitol Hill in Seattle. KCTS 9 switched from UHF to VHF in 2009, whereas KING, KIRO, and KOMO broadcast on a UHF channel. Like KCTS 9, KSTW 11 (the CW) and KCPQ 13 transmit by way of VHF. Most viewers who can receive channel 11 can receive 9.1, 9.2 PBS Kids, 9.3 Create TV, World Channel 9.4.
Being near large bodies of water, low elevation, tall trees, tall buildings, construction and weather all can have an effect on reception, or there could be highly-localized interference from electronic devices nearby; something that may have been newly or temporarily introduced to your environment. We recommend the website, www.antennaweb.org, as an excellent resource for choosing the best antenna for your area, to receive the most signals.
You may also want to consider our live stream, which is available free online, and with the KCTS 9 ROKU, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV apps, as well as with the PBS app. Anyone in our broadcast area of Greater Seattle can livestream KCTS 9, PBS KIDS, Create, and World channels on this website. KCTS 9 Passport members can also livestream from anywhere within the United States. Unfortunately, due to rights restrictions beyond our control, the livestream is not available in Canada.
If you're continuing to experience problems receiving KCTS 9 over-the-air, please let us know via our Television Broadcast contact form and we will investigate.