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Quincy, Illinois/Hannibal, Missouri/Keokuk, Iowa
United States
CityQuincy, Illinois
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 16 (PSIP)
Subchannels16.1 CTN
16.2 CTNi
AffiliationsCTN (O&O, 2006–present)
OwnerChristian Television Network, Inc.
First air dateJanuary 1, 1986 (33 years ago) (1986-01-01)
Call letters' meaningWorking
Former channel number(s)Analog:
16 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Transmitter power1000 kW
Height308 m (1,010 ft)
Facility ID4593
Transmitter coordinates39°58′19.3″N 91°19′40.4″W / 39.972028°N 91.327889°W / 39.972028; -91.327889
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

WTJR is a religious television station licensed to Quincy, Illinois, United States. It broadcasts a digital signal on UHF channel 32 (or virtual channel 16.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Cannonball Road northeast of Quincy. WTJR is an owned-and-operated station of the Christian Television Network (CTN), which acquired the station from another religious broadcaster, Believers Broadcasting Corporation, in June 2006. Its studios are located on North Sixth Street in downtown Quincy.

Technical history[edit]

WTJR applied for its television station construction permit on January 12, 1982.

WTJR was granted its television license February 21, 1992.

In the early days at WTJR the station was beset with some major technical challenges. The construction of an 850' x 7' face, stainless type G tower, with 36 guy wires was first on the list. The station had little finances, it was a non-profit and viewer supported. The GM at the time Carl Geisendorfer acquired a used tower, and proceeded to buy a used 18 wheel Semi and trailer and hauled the tower to Quincy Illinois one piece at a time. It was then sandblasted painted and erected.

The first transmitter was an UHF RCA TTU1. It was off-the-air as much as on-the-air for many years. Problems with air flow, water cooling, old tubes, and intermittent electronics. This Transmitter was replaced with a used General Electric UHF TT-59a transmitter with klystron power tube. The next transmitter was a used Harris UHF Transmitter, Harris HD-40 Sigma classic with IOT power tube. This transmitter was a laboratory test transmitter at Harris Broadcasting in Quincy Illinois. It was the only sigma at that time constructed in house (the rest came from England). This transmitter was replaced with a Harris DTV sigma CD, IOT power tube transmitter. This latter transmitter is the current transmitter.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed: (as show below)

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
16.1 480i 4:3 WTJR-DT1 Main WTJR programming / CTN
16.2 WTJR-DT2 CTN Lifestyle (Christian Family programming)
16.3 WTJR-DT3 CTNi (Spanish programming)
16.4 1080i 16:9 WTJR-DT4 CTN-HD

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

WTJR shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 16, on January 20, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 16.


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WTJR
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.

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