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    The Yucatán Peninsula was so under-developed radio-wise that there was plenty of room to migrate all the AMs. Some are combos, too.

    Speaking of which...

    The XHROJ Saga Gets Even Wilder

    So we've established by now that QFM 104.3 XHROJ may no longer be the real XHROJ.

    Well now it's time to establish another fact: it's no longer owned by Quequi.

    The new owner gets us somewhere very interesting indeed. It's Grupo Acustik Media, which also operates pirate Acustik 95.3.

    Legally, however, that C is a K, and Akustik Media, S.A.P.I. de C.V., made away like a thief in IFT-4 with just one station. While they were probably priced out of Quintana Roo, they got what they wanted in Peto, Yucatán, for the low, low price of 43,000 pesos: XHPYUC-FM. (Akustik also sold the Q. Roo state legislature ad time on QFM in June.)

    XHPYUC's concession is signed for by José Gabriel Gutiérrez Lavín, who also founded Fundación Maya Cancún back in 2000 and last month became the chair of Atlante FC, Cancún's Ascenso MX soccer club.

    That's not all! Another article reveals that Akustik is also behind Escápate al Paraíso, which escaped from the AM side of the auction with a haul of 12 stations. Akustik plans a national newscast and a new radio network picking up smaller stations across the country. They also apparently mounted a bid to expand to TV in IFT-6, which would be dashed by Telsusa, and for the Cancún IFT-4 station on 94.9.

    And another report ties Quequi, Acustik and others to another governor.

    This rabbit hole does not end.
    Last edited by Raymie; 11-17-2017 at 10:36 PM.
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    Wow, even could you log XETH-1290, XEESC-820 and XESE-1560? That ones were difficult to log. Even XETH, which it was near me, I couldn't get it until it migrated to FM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Hauser View Post
    I'm going thru Terry K's logs on his website (found 4 stations there) and will contact him after finishing (logs from 2010 to present). So far the count is 10 different stations logged by 8 different DXers with Terry's 4 and David Gleason's 4 (from PHX) being most so far.
    At http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...DFG-Mexico.pdf there is a batch of Mexican verifications from the early 60's from my NE Ohio DX location.

    Included are

    XEZ - 600
    XEQW -550
    XEA -1370
    XEVA - 790 (Neighboring Tabasco)

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    In the other one (Scottsdale), David also had

    XEKV
    XESE

    Kermit's file has a few additional interesting ones:

    XEWM 1410 Villahermosa (became XEXJ and then XETAB in the late 60s)
    XEMH

    No Quintana Roo stations ever made it, simply because there were so few and there wasn't much there! (XEROO in March 1964 and an XEKX on 620 were about it for most of the 70s. Cancún's first radio station was an FM, XHCUN-FM, which signed on in 1979. Quite a few stations appeared in the 80s.)

    ———

    It appears as though XHINFO-FM 105.3 is slowly taking shape. The hires they've made clearly indicate they are going for the youth audience.

    Joselo Fernández Prieto and Rodrigo González Calvillo joined the crew setting up the new station owned by Eduardo Henkel. Fernández Prieto had experience at CHRs before — Radioactivo 98.5 and Pulsar 90.5, namely —*and will be setting up the new station. They also plan to apparently refuse all public advertising (that they don't have to carry, of course). It looks like something fresh could soon be on the air, especially since this is essentially a new-from-scratch radio station.
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    Default Show me the IFT Document!

    AKA, show me the beef!!

    In researching transmitter locations, sometimes you come across a station in México that sticks out like a sore thumb but you can't find a single document on the AM or FM assignment. Are they a grandfathered assignment that SCT/Cofetel/IFT never bothered to keep track of an authorization, thus not being on the IFT website (or maybe....a pirate) ?

    Case in point - XEUAG 840 AM & 90.7 FM
    , Radio Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero

    Web - https://xeuag840.jimdo.com/
    FB - https://www.facebook.com/xeuag840/posts/198712830165591
    Google Maps street view - https://www.google.com/maps/@17.5567...7i13312!8i6656

    And attached, their web-stream TOH. Is this a pirate station or an *already known about* assignment that someone lost track of? Please somebody, show me the beef - uhhh - documents!

    UPDATE: Raymie told me he wrote a Wikipedia page on this station. It is a pirate station and is very curious that a University entity would want to operate an illegal radio station. It makes me wonder what kind of message the university is sending to its students - that maybe its okay to conduct business illegally? IF you read Raymie's Wikipedia page, you will see this is a very complicated situation with this radio station.
    Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_...ma_de_Guerrero
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    So this one is a history unto itself. It's the dean of Mexican pirates.

    To start to explain this one, we have to go back to the early 70s, when rector Rosalío Wences Reza (who served from 1972-75, 1978-81 and 1984-87; rectors of Mexican universities serve terms) brought to the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero the concept of a "Universidad-Pueblo" (Popular University), supported by the Mexican Communist Party. This is an important point. A lot of universities, hotbeds as they were for regime protest, were shut out of getting into radio. The Universidad Autónoma de Puebla had been pursuing a station since 1965; by the early 80s, they had been told they could not get an AM but FM frequencies were available. As most Mexican radio listening of the time was on AM, they refused. Ultimately, in 1997, they took delivery of a permit for XHBUAP-FM 96.9. (This article from Proceso simultaneously covers the university stations in Puebla and Guerrero, as well as the start of the 27-year concession fight for XHCAN-FM.) A university official is quoted in that article as saying, "Unofficially, it's said, and we know it, that because we're a progressive university, it's thought that the station would serve as a medium to foment agitation in the state". Additionally, the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas presented a proposal to build an FM station in the late 80s and was denied for similar reasons, and they wanted an AM in order to adequately serve rural areas — apparently these petitions go back to 1973.

    Back in Chilpancingo, in the late 70s, the university wanted to build a radio station. At the time, the Chilpancingo area had just two radio stations: XELI and XEPI (in Tixtla), which both signed on in 1961. (Keep in mind as you read this that Chilpancingo is the capital of the state of Guerrero!) The SCT told them that there was no room for additional radio stations in Guerrero, which was a blatant lie. (XEZUM 1050, XECHH 650, and XECHG 680 were all authorized in the early 1990s, further proving the point.)

    The university was so frustrated with the SCT's denial — the agency ultimately admitted that "confidential reasons" prevented the awarding of the permit — that it decided to just get on the air. Radio Universidad-Pueblo, as it was known, went on the air May 4, 1982, transmitting on 880 kHz; simultaneously, the university filed an amparo claiming that the SCT's refusals violated its right to freedom of expression. Almost immediately, unknown parties began jamming the new station's signal. Constant frequency changes were required just to keep a listenable signal on the air.

    Ultimately, on December 15, the university put in place Operación Bucanero, which aimed to combat the pirates by operating a second transmitter on 1180 kHz.

    As if that weren't enough, the Guerrero state government suddenly showed an appetite for radio. The first permitted public radio station in the state, XEGRO-AM, signed on 870 kHz in early 1983. The university was even more fed up now, and instead of simply moving to another position on the dial, they first opted to broadcast from different cities in Guerrero, including Acapulco, Ciudad Altamirano, and Taxco, then returned to Chilpancingo in May on 840.

    Our story does not end there, because another arm of the federal government waded in. The Secretariat of Public Education had stopped paying the university, spurring a budget crisis. Nobody at the UAGro got a salary in 1984. In order to get funding for 1985, the SEP ordered the university to get out of broadcasting, which they did on January 15, 1985 (amid much protest from university students). That could very well have been the end of this entire adventure, but the SEP didn't exactly keep their end of the bargain.

    In 1987, Wences Reza finished his third and final term as rector, and Ramón Reyes Carreto, the new head of the university, decided that if the SEP was not going to do their part, the university wasn't either. In June, Radio Universidad (no more Pueblo) came back on the air.

    In 2012, the university opted to build a pirate FM — 90.7 — to serve as a combo. Chilpancingo has a high proportion of AM-FM combos because of its terrain and a number of operating pirates, including one with a social community concession application before the IFT (Digital con Sentido Social 106.3, A.C.).

    Proceso just last year called radio in Guerrero "a commercial gold mine", mentioning not only 90.7 but also a station with santería programming on 102.9, as well as the dismantling of the aforementioned 106.3.
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    A quick little update on HD Radio.

    There was a seminar and demonstration event in Mexico City this week, and some of the attendees portend additional interest (forced or otherwise) in HD Radio in Mexico.

    Among the attendees of note for HD expansion are NRM, Televisa, Radyo Oro (Puebla), Radiorama, Stereo Uno (XHMSL-FM), Grupo Fórmula and a Radio Alegría (not sure which one).

    The second-wave migrants being authorized must transmit in HD Radio as one of the conditions of migration. I am not sure if this is the case yet at XHCH-FM 89.3, the only second-wave migrant currently on the air, which would be the first HD Radio station in Toluca.

    The HD Radio México Facebook page has liked both Stereo Uno and Radyo Oro. The latter owns a second-wave migrant, XECD-AM 1170. The former seems to be very likely to be implementing HD soon judging by both of these items. Their Facebook likes include participating car manufacturers and HD Radio stations.

    Another reason for Stereo Uno interest in HD Radio is that one of the two stations Luz Network (dba Energía Radial en Comunicación) won in IFT-4 must be built with HD Radio, XHPNAS-FM 94.1 Navolato. (Navolato is 20 miles from Culiacán, so a rimshot attempt may be in play.) The El Fuerte station on 95.3 did not include an IBOC incentive.

    Speaking of 95.3 in Los Mochis, there's currently a religious pirate operating on the frequency just waiting to be blown out of the water by Luz Network. This station, calling itself Unión Radio, even went as far as to take a fake callsign, XHFEL-FM. The problem is that XHFEL-FM already exists at San Felipe de Jesús, Sonora, in the Radio Sonora state network. They won't be so FELiz when they find out. Their Chihuahua sister pirate on 98.1 doesn't claim a callsign.
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