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    Yarrrrrrrrr! A pirate has washed ashore in Toluca...and no, it's not unlicensed!

    It's Capital Pirata FM Toluca — the fourth Pirata FM and the first new one since CapitalMedia acquired the format — operating on 89.3 MHz, which began sailing the airwaves on Monday.

    This is second-wave migrant XECH-AM 1040, which had previously carried the Radio Capital talk format. The new FM callsign is XHCH-FM, and it is broadcasting with 3,000 watts (all second-wave migrants are Class A).
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    The IFT is a pretty paper-heavy organization. All filings are still done on paper, which has implications for the speed and quantity of information available through the agency. (It also makes it difficult if you live in a remote area and, for instance, want a radio station, to file the appropriate documents, because going to Mexico City is lengthy and costly.)

    Today, the IFT's Strategic Planning Coordinator, Aldo Sánchez, said at an event that next year the IFT is slated to implement an online filing system and eventually electronic signatures.
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    To the list of Imagen Televisión's infrastructure partners we can now add XHTIX-FM (Radiológico) in Cuernavaca.

    An authorization, approved in October 2016 but not placed in the RPC until a year later and only at my insistence (aka a transparency request) was the full document put up, reveals XHCTCU was moved fairly quickly from the MVS facilities to XHTIX's site after going on air.
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    One more station will be clearing the Article 90 reserved band.

    XHFW-FM is to move to 88.5 MHz. It joins sister XHTW, which was assigned 94.9, as moving down from 106-108 MHz in Tampico.
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    It was time for the IFT-6 winners to pony up today, and pony up all of them have.

    Every bidder showed up, and here are a couple of specific stories:

    El Economista has a full story on the Aguirre family's return to television after 45 years and a failed attempt to launch a TV network. For the privilege, he paid nearly 426 million pesos, or more than $22 million.

    One of the bigger winners by station count, Multimedios, made its payment on Thursday, according to a story in Milenio (which is MM's newspaper). The total cost for the Mexico City, Durango, Guadalajara, Juárez, Monclova and Puebla stations was 647 million pesos, or more than $33.8 million.
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    Broadcasting wasn't the main focus of this IFT Pleno meeting, but repacking and station moves showed up on the agenda nonetheless.

    The highlight is that XHGUA-FM 106.9 Guaymas (Sonora state network) will be moving to clear the Article 90 reserved band...and if you've been following me, you might know where they're headed. That's right, 94.7. (It's in the title of the resolution this time.) This is the first public station to be moved and it is also the only transmitter in this state network above 106 MHz.

    XHTJB and XHLNA were also given their repacking papers.
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    I found several more Article 90 reserved band clears, so I've updated my list to reflect that.

    Of the 130 stations with permits/concessions that are still valid that were around in 2016 on 106-108 MHz (which excludes many recent community awards)...

    -6 are existing community/indigenous stations that do not need to move. All six, coincidentally, are on 107.9. (XHTM is excluded as its permit is marked as not renewed by the IFT, and it probably would have gone here, too.)

    -22 stations so far have been told to move. The reserved band is totally clear now in Tampico as XHEOLA was given its marching orders. A few other stations have also been identified.

    -40 stations will not be moving at all because there is no place to put them at the same technical parameters.

    -The fate of 62 stations was unknown.

    Also excluded, though it existed on the March 31, 2016 tables, was XHIXH (canceled at state government request).

    The 68 stations remaining are commercial, public, and social untyped. All of these can be moved. We know more about commercial stations here because of the recent wave of renewal activity around them. Only this week, in fact, was XHGUA added to the list becoming the first public A90 clear.

    Some of the 68 stations obviously cannot move. XHUAR Juárez, for instance, has a high ERP and is on the border. Others, especially at Class A-type ERPs, are move bait if there is room available. XHUAEM Cuernavaca broadcasts with 203 watts. XHAPU in Hidalgo has 250 watts. These transmitters could very well find new homes, that is if Central Mexico's clogged dial doesn't impede them.

    There are several untyped social stations that would be eligible for a move. The Article 90 reserved band applies only to the community and indigenous subtypes of social stations. Examples of stations with potentially confusing fates are XHTLAN Mazatlán (private university), XHPAT Pátzcuaro (owned by a person as a social station), and XHCSM (social untyped owned by an A.C.).
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    Oh DDear!

    XEDD-AM/XHDD-FM has a sleepy little history.

    It got its concession on September 12, 1969 and was owned by Adalberto Javier Pezino González. This station on a high frequency of 1560 kHz was one of just two duking it out for the listeners of Montemorelos, Nuevo León, which today has a population of more than 50,000. (The name on the books is Ojo de Agua, with a transmitter site due north of Montemorelos.) Only two years earlier did XERN "Radio Naranjera" come to air.

    XEDD moved to 800 in the 90s, a time when many AMs found lower frequencies, and its concession was transferred to Audio Publicidad, S.A. de C.V. By this time, there were two FM stations also in the area: XHLOS-FM 97.7, part of the Nuevo León state network, and XHMSN-FM 100.1, the lone commercial FM station in the orange capital of Mexico. Like many stations, XEDD became an AM-FM migrant. In May 2013, it became XHDD-FM 92.9 and was now one of two commercial FM stations in the region alongside XHERN-FM 100.9. XHMSN had bolted town by then, relocating to a hill in Cadereyta.

    Why do such a thing? Because who wants to broadcast to the 50,000 people of Montemorelos when you can take a crack at the four million in Mexico's third-largest metro, all the while saying you're trying to replicate your AM service area?

    In this light, XHDD's technical modification will almost certainly mean the end of XHDD as we've known it for 48 years.

    It's a two-parter, and so we start kind of looking backwards. XHDD will have the first FM shadow to operate in Nuevo León. This facility will operate at the existing transmitter site, at a lower power and antenna height, turning it into a 250-watt booster.

    However, it's the new stick that will truly be special. It's on La Peña in Guadalupe, Nuevo León, from a new 100-meter tower. And it broadcasts with a whopping 100,000 watts — the first new 100 kW station authorized in the country since XHEMA-FM conducted its upgrade in 2013 for the exact same reason (AM service area replication).

    Why raise your power and move your stick more than 50 km?

    This is why.



    (Note: The Ojo de Agua on this map is not the one where XHDD's been all these years. It's on the edge of the signal contour due north of Montemorelos)

    That signal contour increases XHDD's value tremendously. It also should make every current XHDD employee very nervous as to the station's future in Montemorelos.

    It's sayonara Montemorelos (except for a shadow), hello Monterrey.
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