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WMTJ
CityFajardo, Puerto Rico
Channels
BrandingSistema TV
Programming
Subchannels40.1: PBS
40.2: PBS Kids
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
April 22, 1985 (38 years ago) (1985-04-22)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
40 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Digital:
16 (2002–2018)
Silent (2017–2018)
Call sign meaning
Méndez Television San Juan (station owner)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID2174
ERP175 kW
3 kW (DTS)
255 kW (STA)
HAAT854 m (2,802 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°18′27.8″N 65°47′41.5″W / 18.307722°N 65.794861°W / 18.307722; -65.794861
Links
Public license information
Websitesistematv.com
WQTO
Satellite of WMTJ,
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
CityPonce, Puerto Rico
Channels
Brandingsee WMTJ
Programming
Subchannels26.1: PBS
26.2: PBS Kids
Ownership
Owner
  • Ana G. Méndez University
  • (Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez, Inc.)
History
First air date
August 14, 1986 (37 years ago) (1986-08-14)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
26 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Digital:
25 (2002–2019)
Silent (2017–2018)
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID2175
ERP700 kW
HAAT856 m (2,808 ft)
Transmitter coordinates18°4′40.8″N 66°44′54.6″W / 18.078000°N 66.748500°W / 18.078000; -66.748500
Links
Public license information

WMTJ (channel 40), branded on-air as Sistema TV, is a PBS member television station serving San Juan, Puerto Rico that is licensed to Fajardo. The station is owned by Ana G. Méndez University. WMTJ's studios are located in San Juan, and its transmitter is located in the El Yunque National Forest.

WMTJ has one full-service satellite: WQTO, virtual channel 26 (digital channel 19), in Ponce. WMTJ's digital signal was not on the air until a few months before the transition deadline. Installation of a digital transmitter for WMTJ had been difficult as the transmitter site is located in a remote tropical forest on national park land, requiring USDA Forest Service approvals of any new transmission tower.[3]

History

WMTJ first broadcast in April 1985.

Due to damage from Hurricane Maria, WMTJ was forced to go off the air on September 20, 2017 (the station's website still lists the schedule from September 11 to 17, 2017 with some shows no longer on the schedule such as Thomas and Friends).[4] On October 16, 2017, the Ana G. Mendez University System announced that the station would be shut down indefinitely as part of a larger suspension of non-academic activities at the school.[5] This shutdown left Puerto Rico without a PBS station ass fellow public television station WIPR-TV (channel 6) had dropped its PBS membership in 2011.[5] On December 20, WMTJ returned to the air via Liberty Puerto Rico, some of PBS programming can be seen on Channel 3 & 67 and in HD on channels 203 & 267. On January 2, 2018, just months after the shutdown, WMTJ resumed regular over-the-air broadcasting operations via station WSTE-DT (Teleisla) and can be seen on channel 40.1 from the transmitter located in Aguas Buenas remaining on the air until January 23. On January 24, WMTJ resumed broadcasting with a reduced power of 17.7 kilowatts from El Yunque. On January 1, 2019, WMTJ returned to the air on its digital channel 15 and transmitter power increased to 174 kilowatts. While the station is still available on Dish Network in Puerto Rico, the station is no longer available on DirecTV in Puerto Rico due to unknown reasons as of 2017.

On April 26, 2022, WIPR-TV officially rejoined PBS after ten years as an educational independent station and returned to being Puerto Rico's only other PBS member station.[6]

Local programming

The majority of the station's daily programming is from PBS, but it broadcasts some locally produced content as well.

  • TeleCampus
  • Kinema
  • Tertulia en la Ciudad
  • Aventura Cientifica
  • Geoambiente
  • Charla Deportiva

Former local programming

  • Análisis Noticioso
  • Bienestar
  • Como Coco
  • Del Campo a la Mesa
  • Jugando Pelota Dura (now on TeleOnce)
  • Ruta U
  • Sistema TV Informa
  • Sistema TV Investiga
  • Si a la Cocina
  • Si a la Cultura
  • Sin Colores
  • Te Veo en Campus
  • UNE Vision

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

WMTJ digital channels
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[7]
40.1 1080i 16:9 WMTJ-HD Main WMTJ programming / PBS
40.2 40.2KID PBS Kids
WQTO digital channels
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[8]
26.1 1080i 16:9 WQTO-HD Translator of WMTJ / PBS
26.2 26.2KID Translator of WMTJ-DT2 / PBS Kids

On June 12, 2009, WMTJ and WQTO signed off its analog signal and completed its move to digital.

References

  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WMTJ". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for WQTO". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a DTV Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Simpson, April (October 17, 2017). "After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico university shuts down PBS station". Current. Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "PBS Welcomes New Member Station, WIPR Puerto Rico". PBS. April 26, 2022. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved July 7, 2022.
  7. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WMTJ". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  8. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for WQTO". Archived from the original on 2023-03-12. Retrieved 2020-12-12.

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