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    IF you haven't been to the WTFDA FM database recently and seen all the new bells and whistles that the database web-team have installed, you need to hustle on over there.....

    http://db.wtfda.org

    Currently the Central American FM database count stands at.....

    Country - station count
    • Belize - 74
    • Costa Rica - 71
    • El Salvador - 261
    • Guatemala - 453
    • Honduras - 798
    • Nicaragua - 354
    • Panamá - 186


    Belize - has all current transmitter powers, but is missing antenna heights and exact tower co-ordinates. The tower height numbers currently listed in the WTFDA FM database are estimates.

    Costa Rica - CNR, the license authority in Costa Rica, recently updated all of their license information on their website. This allowed us to completely update ALL FM radio stations in Costa Rica, so the transmitter powers, antenna HAAT and co-ordinates are up-to-date.

    El Salvador - In January of this year, INFOUTIL, the document management wing for all El Salvadorian government departments, updated their broadcast license documents. Those documents are uploaded to their website and available to the public. ALL FM radio stations in El Salvador listed in the WTFDA FM database are complete with technical data.

    Guatemala - This is the country that is the can of worms out of the bunch. Right now the Guatemala FM listings in the DB are the best we are going to get. We are slowly confirming tower locations for the major radio stations in various cities, but that is taking some time. We were actually able to pull together all the data to confirm ALL of the FM stations in Cd. Guatemala, their transmitter powers, antenna HAAT and co-ordinates. Those have been updated in the database. At least we have those ready for Southern US FM dxers, looking for Guatemala signals.

    I was just told this week via email from a reliable source to back off of the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT), in requesting technical information for their list of FM radio stations. The SIT is the broadcast license authority in Cd. Guatemala. I was told to follow up in September or October of this year, as things might be loosening up by then. My request for technical data by the SIT in early March of this year generated a 30 page *ticket*, which was sent back to me as confirmation they had received my request for technical data for the WTFDA FM database. Currently my requests are in a hold pattern.

    As I have mentioned before in other threads on the WTFDA Forums, the SIT has been put through the wringer over the past 15 years, because of their own doing. We won't air the laundry here - but sanctions were imposed upon the SIT and certain members of the government, after a lengthy investigation by a division of the United Nations. The charges were in connection to abuse of local radio stations (Mayan and other indigenous groups). These were radio stations that didn't hold broadcast licenses issued by the SIT, but they were actually broadcasting. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff going on then, during the mid 1990's. It appears the government is starting to get that somewhat behind them. The UN investigatory division completed a follow up review in March 2015. On all original charges, the score straight across the board was: FINAL OVERALL RATING - PARTIALLY SATISFACTORY. Sounds like a work in progress.

    NOW the SIT is facing a set of NEW charges of irregularities in assigning radio frequencies to applicants (evidence of favoritism to certain broadcast groups). Thus we WAIT to get any new technical data from Guatemala.

    ***This is just a reminder to dxers that can hear FM radio stations from Guatemala. The SIT does NOT license any radio stations below 88.1 MHz. IF you hear a Guatemalan FM station on 87.5, 87.7, or 87.9, it is an unlicensed station and is either from an indigenous group or is a religious station. I have the complete list of unlicensed FM stations from Guatemala. IF you are curious about something you have heard and suspect it to be an unlicensed station from Guatemala, feel free to PM me about it. We contemplated adding those to the WTFDA FM database, but decided not to. It would open up a can of worms the database web-team felt would turn into a nightmare.

    Honduras - Honduras has turned into the bright spot in the entire group. Honduras is right at 80% complete with accurate technical data. We were able to get connected with someone that works in the Conatel office in Tegucigalpa. The person actually will email PDF copies of the FM licenses as we request them. The Honduras listings are looking good for anyone that has the opportunity to get an Es opening to that country.

    Honduras is OFFICIALLY at 800 FM radio stations, as we just received documents for new licenses this week. When will they stop with the dial crowding? Conatel is currently running three, two-man engineer teams country wide, making two week sweeps of assigned areas. Their mission is to check for broadcast irregularities and notify stations to *get their act together*.

    Nicaragua - The Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecomunicaciones (SIGET), the license authority in Nicaragua, updated their online FM license documents in October 2016. ALL of the FM radio station listings for Nicaragua in the WTFDA FM database are up-to-date.

    Panamá - Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (ASEP) is the public document management division for the Government of Panamá. They are in charge of maintaining a web presence and uploading documents for public viewing, which includes radio licenses. All of the FM radio licenses were current when Panamá was added to the WTFDA FM database. Last year (Summer) Panamá went through a major shuffle in frequency assignments on FM. I think it will take 2xEs for most FM dxers to have a chance at snagging any stations from there.

    There is your WTFDA FM database update for Central America, as it stands this week. Mike B. was nice enough to put this section of the Forums together, for the benefit of those that can regularly receive Central American FM during the Es season, which is just starting. In the future, you will be seeing updates for the Caribbean islands that are in the WTFDA FM database, as well as individual country updates for México and the Central American countries, as needed.
    Last edited by Jim Thomas; 05-07-2017 at 02:29 PM. Reason: Additional information
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    I thought I would post a follow-up to FM news in Guatemala. I really didn't expect to hear anything on the status of FM radio stations in Guatemala, in view of what is going on there right now. This could actually be quite big news for the WTFDA FM database.

    I received an email today from Jorge Lopez-Bachiller Fernández, who works as a consultant with the Public Information Office at the SIT in Cd. Guatemala. He is actually based in Cd. Guatemala. I had been in communication with him over the past several weeks, seeking his assistance in getting technical information for the WTFDA FM database. In his email, he told me he has been working behind the scenes the past two weeks, trying to learn who it is we should be in contact with at the SIT to get the information needed for the database. He gave me the correct email address to send the *Petición de Información* and also presented a format I should use to request the information, so there wouldn't be any confusion. His suggestions were followed and the email was sent, with Jorge copied on the email. He replied it was perfect and that we should be hearing something within 7 days. IF NOT, to let him know and he would *kick someone* :-)

    He said he has been to the database a couple times and looked around and likes what we are doing.

    Stay tuned......
    Jim Thomas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thomas View Post

    He said he has been to the database a couple times and looked around and likes what we are doing.

    Stay tuned......
    I hope that made your day! It sure made mine :-)
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