Raymie, sorry to bump your México TV-FM thread/forum, but the WTFDA dx forum has absolutely no other place to post FM news about Central America, which is obviously directly south of México. This is directly related to FM news in Guatemala.
You recently posted info to me in an email regarding pirate stations in México. Well low and behold, the not-for-profit organization Cultural Survival (based in Massachusetts) recently posted on the internet the entire list of indigenous FM broadcasters located in Guatemala, represented on a map of Guatemala. That's more than 100 FM radio stations in that list. You can also click on the individual station listing and it expands to more information for that station. As I have worked on FM radio news for México and the Central American countries since 2003, I have had southern US dxers query me about the existence of non-licensed FM radio stations in Guatemala. For several years, Cultural Survival kept their locations quiet, because of political unrest in Guatemala.
Many of the indigenous radio stations were being threatened, owners and operators were beaten, and in extreme cases, radio stations were burned to the ground or station owners were shot and killed. All by the police. In 1996-1998 the violence targeted at un-licensed broadcasters in Guatemala was at a peak. The UN finally stepped in and came down on the government of Guatemala with hard sanctions. Part of the UN's sanctions provisos was to get a TRANSPARENCY program in place and on the internet. That meant accountability for government - having documents available to the public for government showing all activities and actions, records of government income and government spending. Starting in 2012, websites from almost every department of the Guatemalan government appeared and documents are now being uploaded on a regular basis. I have come across several Guatemala government websites where they are doing that exact thing. You can download documents of tracked expenses and tax income from various entities. The only thing that seems to still be lacking is the Secretary of Telecommunications (SIT) absence of communications documents for TV and radio. Any type of radio licenses are currently not available on the internet. It's quite possible they are working on this and its just not on the internet yet.
Anyway, with these major changes over the past several years with Guatemala, Cultural Survival has decided it is now safe to publicly advertise where the un-licensed indigenous FM broadcasters are located in Guatemala. They put up their map with the listings and have Google hosting the map. South of the border dx enthusiasts can find the map linked here.
Cultural Survival Guatemala Radios Communitarias
Last edited by Jim Thomas; 03-12-2017 at 03:23 PM.