KUED, virtual channel 7 (UHF digital channel 42), is a PBS member television station located in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. The station is owned by the University of Utah. KUED maintains studio facilities and offices located on Wasatch Drive in the northeastern section of Salt Lake City, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City. The station has a large that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah. It is one of two PBS member stations serving Utah, the other being KBYU-TV (channel 11).
The station first signed on the air on January 20, 1958, with an episode of The Friendly Giant. The station originally broadcast from improvised studios set up in the basement of the old student union building on the University of Utah campus. The station had humble beginnings with no props, primitive equipment, and a donated transmitter, thanks to Time-Life Inc., then-owners of KTVT (channel 4, now KTVX). A US$100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation made it possible from KUED to sign on the air.
Early programming was purely educational, in some cases consisting of nothing more than a teacher standing in front of a chalk board and lecturing. About half of the programs aired were locally-produced, with the rest coming from National Educational Television (NET) and other sources. When the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) succeeded NET in 1970, the focus of programming changed to educational and entertainment programming.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||720p||16:9||KUED-HD||Main KUED programming / PBS|
KUED shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42, using PSIP to display KUED's virtual channel as 7 on digital television receivers.
KUED has two full power relay stations serving rural areas of Utah, both digital-only:
|Station||City of license||Channel||First air date||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|KUES||Richfield||19 (UHF)||2000||0.33 kW||441 m||82576|
|KUEW||St. George||18 (UHF)||2002||1.62 kW||66.5 m||82585|