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    An article of interest...

    Neighbors on Cerro de la Nevería Complain about Antenna Installation
    El Sol de Mazatlán
    August 22, 2014

    A group of American expats residing in Mazatlán have shown their disagreement with work that began a month ago to prepare a nearby parcel of land where they live, on Cerro de la Nevería, this to install another antenna at that point.

    They noted that apparently the land was being cleared as it had been sold to build a house, but neighbors noticed movement with personnel from a telecommunications company to build an antenna and the consent of neighbors for this had not been obtained.

    They added that they live under uncertainty because they have references that due to the radiation that these antennas emit, people die suffering various cancers; as a matter of fact, on Morelos and Zaragoza streets in this area there are reports that in recent years an important number of people have died of cancer.

    Oscar Díaz Acosta, who lives on the mountain and who spoke with the Americans, said another factor that plays a role is that with so many antennas in the area the properties' value on the market is reduced.

    He added that they live in a residential area and at least 30 antennas are being installed; as such they have proceeded to take legal action to stop the construction of further antennas and to relocate those already in place. For this they have solicited the presence of mayor Carlos Felton and regulators to take sides on the matter.

    "They are fearful because of the rumors that have appeared of the possible diseases, like cancer, that the radiation from these antennas can cause; for this we want them removed from where they are, because the homes came first and then the antennas," he added.

    Against the insistence of the group of foreigners, the municipal authority, in company with government officials and regulators, arrived at the place to conduct a site visit of the land and listen to the concerns of the neighbors.

    Mayor Carlos Felton González said that the municipality must attend to every type of petition, and as such they cannot dismiss a petition made by an individual to install an antenna, but the municipality can commission a land study to see if the use is appropriate.

    However, he also noted that one of the legal requisites is that families within an area of a radius of double the height of an antenna must approve its installation in a notarized manner.

    "If the party that wants to install this equipment does not comply with the requirements the municipality will not award the permit, but if they do comply with our demands the antenna can be installed," he emphasized.

    In relation to the petition made by neighbors to reinstall the other antennas at another location in the city, the councilman noted that that is a separate issue and that surely those who already had built towers on the site in the past would go to a delayed injunction/amparo.

    For his part, the director of Planning, Urban Development and Infrastructure, David Escobar Reynoso, said that the permit for the colocation of another antenna at the site is in the application process under the direction of the Secretary of Governance.

    He clarified that it's still not a done deal, as it is still in the project phase, as no permit has yet been awarded and there's no timeline to build it, as they have to meet the guidelines and solicit the authorization currently pending because currently they only have the terrain.

    "It's an antenna similar to those already in place, for digital television transmissions of channels normally seen on cable; it's a project of the Secretary of Governance nationally", he added. [This station is probably the unbuilt XHOPMS-TDT-41, another SPR multiplex station. Prior to the telecom reform OPMA was under the Secretary of Governance, which is also translated into English as the Secretary of the Interior. -RH]

    He commented that, to put an antenna in the city, consent is not required, and the required distance between residences and a tower is much lower.

    "It hasn't been demonstrated that this would cause damages, and it's not specifically regulated, as the law doesn't indicate it and I don't know if it would be damaging or not—I'm not a specialist," he noted.

    He added that the antenna proposed for installation would be similar to those installed, at a height of 78 meters, and it would not affect neighbors due to its height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymie View Post
    An article of interest...

    Neighbors on Cerro de la Nevería Complain about Antenna Installation
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    Wonderful. We now have enough NIMBYs in the U.S. that we can afford to export them...
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    The key station in the San Luis Potosí state network will need about $1.1 million to build out its digital frequencies: http://www.elexpres.com/noticias/new...story_id=67471

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    Things have been sleepy in Mexico, though the level of confusion continues to confound me.

    There are two DTVs on in Chihuahua: XHCHZ-TDT 24 and XHFI-TDT 26. I know they're on because there's a whole thread devoted to TDT in Chihuahua, Chih., but the IFT list...doesn't have them. And they were on before the latest version of the list was produced in April.

    At the same time there are many many DTVs that are listed and NOT on. Most of these are Azteca (which got DTV licenses for almost all its stations at the same time). About half of all authorized DTVs in Mexico are actually on the air.

    Did I mention that the hard date for the analog shutoff is December 31, 2015? Some localities will start to go later this year; I think the first will probably be in northern Tamaulipas where there have already been distributions. Keep in mind that the threshold for allowing a shutoff in a given area is now 90% of low-resource households as defined by Sedesol (Mexico's state welfare agency) where previously it was 90% of all households.

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    And even the IFT makes mistakes.

    They allotted digital channel 31 in Huajuapan de León, Oax., to two stations at the same time: Televisa's XHHLO and Azteca's XHHDL. It's no typo, they really actually did this.

    These stations broadcast from the same mountain, and there's no way that this would actually work. I went back, read the concessions, and yup, that happened (XHHLO-TDT 31 was authorized in 2010, XHHDL-TDT 31 in 2011). The concessions call for 76 kW and 5.37 kW for the two stations, respectively. (As is typical for Televisa the digital power is the same as XHHHN-TDT 39).

    I promptly sent an email to the IFT (this is my third, all about technical/etc. issues; none have actually merited a reply, though this one might).

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    The IFT's Pleno (Committee) has been super busy of late. They had some nine different sessions during August (some of which did not relate to TV, like the one where they issued their new Constitution and Bylaws and another about telephone rates).

    Well, they today turned their attention back to television by issuing their new TDT Transition Policy (press release).

    The new policy includes the new procedure to get an analog shutoff for a specific area going: the SCT tells the IFT how the distributions to low-resource homes are going (reminder: the threshold is 90% of low-resource homes, not of all households like it had been) and all parties agree on a date that then must be published in the DOF (seriously, the Mexican government loves to publish stuff!) and then disseminated through various media. Now that this new TDT policy is up and running I would expect to start hearing about a shutoff for Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa-Matamoros, which I definitely think is happening this year, with other areas in northern Mexico likely to follow. I'm hoping Monterrey and XEFB-2 stick around until E-skip season for Chris, personally, but I have my doubts. Chihuahua will probably not go right away because it's way behind other northern Mexican cities in TDT rollout (Azteca, I'm looking at you).

    I need to find and read the new policy, which will probably be up on their site tomorrow.

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    You might recall the IFT began a project to update the TDT Transition Policy recently. It got its day in the DOF today, which means it goes into effect tomorrow. (Just in time for El Grito and Mexico's Independence Day!)

    There isn't much of note except that there's a real important date: every DTV station in the country must be on by August 15, 2015. Azteca, Televisa and certain state governments (looking at you, Sonora) will need to really get to building their digital facilities in smaller communities in Mexico. (And some larger ones: XHCH, XHIT and XHECH are still not in digital in Chihuahua!)

    The next 16 months look to be the busiest time for TV station construction in Mexico. Not only do all these new stations (a number definitely in the hundreds) need to be authorized and/or built, we might see the beginning of the new network buildouts (seven bidders competing for two networks). The final initial phase of the OPMA/SPR stations is also expected to be online soon, including stations in Ciudad Obregón, Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Colima.

    Closed circuit for a certain reader: To use the material in this thread, please credit Raymie Humbert. Thanks in advance.

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    An article of interest. This is typical Notimex, it's really just a paraphrasing of the IFT's own press release:

    Licensing rules changed for new TV networks

    The IFT Committee approved modifications to the licensing rules for the television stations to form two new national networks, with the goal of bringing them in line with the new Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law.

    Among the new characteristics that the law establishes for the frequency bidding that were not originally included, among others, is the necessity to present on behalf of the interested parties a programming proposal that promotes and includes the broadcasting of national, regional and local contents.

    Additionally, the IFT adds in a press release, it includes the prior and favorable opinion of the National Commission for Foreign Investments, in those cases where foreign investment is involved.

    It also signaled that the law establishes a new regime for concessions in telecommunications and broadcasting, under which the models of "unified concession" (concesión única)* and of concession of radioelectric spectrum.

    The IFT highlighted that the new "unified concession" model added as part of the appendix to the rules is a convergent and modern title that permits the offering of all telecommunications and broadcasting services that are technically possible within the country.

    With this, administrative workload is significantly reduced without neglecting that the concessions must comply with all of the obligations that the law and other legal documents establish for them in the offering of said concessions and the installation of their corresponding restructure.

    The IFT emphasized that both the rules and the model of frequency blocks for commercial use offer complete judicial certainty to those interested in the bidding process with respect to the express authorization they will have to broadcast digital subchannels.

    Finally, the timeline for the bidding process was modified to reduce the time frames originally established to bring the process to a sooner end. It will conclude within the first quarter of 2015.

    *This term isn't terribly clear. The idea is that a concessionaire can offer any services that are possible within their assigned frequency without having to ask government permission. Another article on this from last year says that if a company operates triple play services but can offer new services over its network, if it has the unified concession it can offer that service without needing to request an additional permit.

    There are certain restrictions/obligations additional to preponderant economic agents (Televisa and América Móvil) to obtain these. This is a massive transition.

    ——

    The IFT Commissioner did a radio interview and revealed two items of note:

    * We'll know the full list of interested parties sometime in November.
    * The decision will come down on March 19, 2015 — which may just be the most important date in Mexican television in quite some time. Remember, it's been 30+ years since one network was built from the ground up, and even then the Imevisión 7 network had all the TRM stations to build on. It will have been nearly 22 years since the sale of Televisión Azteca was finalized. This is all new. All of it.
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    Thanks, Instituto Nacional Electoral, because this site has a lot of great information...on shadow channel locations!!

    http://cartografia.ife.org.mx/

    Click on a state, select a TV station, and it will show you all of its transmitters on a kinda clunky map. XHJK, for instance, pulls up an additional shadow channel at Cerro Colorado, Tijuana that was unknown until today, as well as the Tecate shadow known from FCC records. More telling is that shadow channels appear in other states*— you can select XEFB-TV in Coahuila, for instance (!!).

    And when you click on the transmitters... Effective radiated powers (in most cases) and channel numbers! Holy cake, this takes the cake! I can get an ERP for almost every shadow channel in Mexico if I wanted to! XHI Los Mochis? 2.883 kW!

    Nothing for XHCNL-3, which I strongly strongly suspect to be an unlicensed super-LPTV in some rural area.

    (Glenn, you are not permitted to use THIS post.)

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    Very interesting. Also, that it includes radio!

    I'm not thinking all of these are correct though. Take a look at XHLGA-10 & XHJCM-4, which show up within a few blocks of each other on the southeast side of the city of Aguascalientes.

    If you click the "Hibrido" button, you get a Google satellite picture (instead of a map) underlying the transmitter locations.

    Zoom way in -- and you see a row of shops at XHLGA's site -- but no sign of a tower. Pull up the same location on Street View -- and again, no sign of a tower. Likewise for XHJCM which appears to be in the middle of a residential district.

    If these were low-powered repeaters I could buy that the antennas were not visible to Google's car. But they're 15 and 20kw -- I'm not thinking those could be hidden..


    There is, on the other hand, clearly a tower at the XHAG-13 site west of town near Calvillo.
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