WMTJ
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CityFajardo, Puerto Rico
Channels
BrandingSistema TV
Programming
Subchannels40.1: PBS
40.2: PBS Kids
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
April 22, 1985 (37 years ago) (1985-04-22)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
40 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Digital:
16 (2002–2018)
Call sign meaning
Méndez (station owner)
Television San Juan
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID2174
ERP174 kW
HAAT853 m (2,799 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 (36 years ago) (1986-08-14)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
26 (UHF, 1986–2009)
Digital:
25 (2002–2019)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID2175
ERP696 kW
HAAT615.1 m (2,018 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, virtual channel 40 (UHF digital channel 15), branded on-air as Sistema TV, is a secondary Public Broadcasting Service (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 couple months before the transition deadline. Digital transmitter deployment for WMTJ had been proven 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.[1]

History

Due to damage from Hurricane Maria, WMTJ was forced to go off the air September 20, 2017 (the station's website still lists the schedule from September 11 to 17, 2017 with shows no longer on the schedule like Thomas and Friends);[2] on October 16, 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.[3] The shutdown left Puerto Rico without a PBS station; fellow public television station WIPR-TV (channel 6) had dropped PBS in 2011.[3] 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 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 operations 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 currently unavailable on DirecTV in Puerto Rico due to unknown reasons. As of 2019, Sistema TV is one of the minority of the stations to not receive PBS' overhaul branding.

Local Programming

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

Former local programming

Digital television

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

WMTJ digital channels
Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[4]
40.1 1080i 16:9 WMTJ-HD Main WMTJ programming / PBS
40.2 40.2KID PBS Kids
WQTO digital channels
Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming[5]
26.1 1080i 16:9 WQTO-HD Repeater of WMTJ / PBS
26.2 26.2KID Repeater 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. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Suspension of Operations of a DTV Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, April (October 17, 2017). "After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico university shuts down PBS station". Current. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WMTJ
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WQTO