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  • Database of Mexican and Cuban FM Stations

    Jim Thomas has done a tremendous amount of work on the Mexican and Cuban sections of the WTFDA North American FM Station Database over the past few weeks. Mexico and Cuba are complete with formats, slogans and lat/long co-ordinates to Mexican and Cuban towns and cities.

    I seriously doubt that any other site is more complete. For help go here, but briefly, to search for Mexican stations type XH in the callsign search box (add the estado code in the state box if you want the stations in a particular state) and then search.

    For Cuban FM stations just type CU in the state field and click search.

    The Cayman Islands are there also. Just type CI in the state field and click search.

    Thanks, Jim!
    Mike B.
    Enfield, CT
    -72° 30' W/41° 59' N
    FN31RX

    Online since 1999 and still going at
    mikesdx.com

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    It looks great.

    I sent in some additions to the list of information for the few Mexico stations missing format information.
    Follow En Frecuencia on Medium and Twitter @EnFrecuencia, your Mexican broadcasting blog.

    The Reference Section features the HD Radio map, list of Article 90 reserved band clears, and more.

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    • #3
      Sent those over to Jim Thomas just now.
      Mike B.
      Enfield, CT
      -72° 30' W/41° 59' N
      FN31RX

      Online since 1999 and still going at
      mikesdx.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike-CT View Post
        Sent those over to Jim Thomas just now.
        Yeah, some of them were just that research was needed. Most of them were permits and not concessions, too, and quite a few are new-to-air (like the Mérida XEEP relay, put on air recently as part of celebrations for Radio Educación's 90th birthday).

        There are also a lot of permitted (read: noncommercial) radio stations too, especially because of the size of state radio networks.

        I would also suggest the creation of a format labeled "CDI - Indigenous" for all those CDI stations which have effectively "variety" formats but which also have substantial programming in indigenous languages.
        Follow En Frecuencia on Medium and Twitter @EnFrecuencia, your Mexican broadcasting blog.

        The Reference Section features the HD Radio map, list of Article 90 reserved band clears, and more.

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        • #5
          Hey, Raymie, Fred Cantu is giving up his http://mexicoradiotv.com

          How about you as successor?

          73, Glenn

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          • #6
            From him on FB:

            Fred Cantu's mexicoradiotv
            February 4 at 7:19pm ·

            Queridos Amigos. Lo siento pero parece que despues de 20 año de mantener mexicoradiotv.com la vida se ha complicado y ya no tengo el tiempo para mantener las paginas. Hay alguien-- una persona o grupo-- que quiere continuar este labor? Escribeme-- fredcantu@mexicoradiotv.com

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            • #7
              I'm afraid I don't have the time, either, Glenn... Radio is a far more dynamic and ever-changing beast than TV.
              Follow En Frecuencia on Medium and Twitter @EnFrecuencia, your Mexican broadcasting blog.

              The Reference Section features the HD Radio map, list of Article 90 reserved band clears, and more.

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              • #8
                Hmmm maybe I need to print out those lists....

                cd

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                • #9
                  And now 18 months down the road, Cuba FM listings are even better. It is well documented in the October 2016 VUD issue, in Mike's Mailbox column. Cuba officially released actual transmitter coordinates, kilowatts, network names, call letter re-assignments...you might say the whole ball of wax. IF you haven't tried out the WTFDA FM database for a Cuban FM search, give it a try. Type CU in the state field.
                  Jim Thomas
                  Springfield, MO EM37

                  "Let's just plop them in front of the TV. I was raised in front of the TV and I turned out TV." - Homer Simpson


                  Fall & Winter 2019 dx equipment
                  Antennas - Antennacraft MXU59 UHF antenna & home-brew version of Antennacraft VHF Y-10-7-13 antenna @ 25'. Both antennas fed through a Channel Master 7777 30dB pre-amp.
                  Tuners - Zenith DTT901 converter box; AirSpy HF+ sdr; Silicon Dust HD Homerun Dual ATSC tuner, using Rabbitears autologger support.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, this is another update to the WTFDA FM database. Mike may make some kind of announcement or make a mention about this in an upcoming VUD. The FM db is almost shining like a brand new penny. We are putting the finishing touches on adding ALL of the Central American countries to the WTFDA FM database. Honduras will probably be complete in a couple more weeks. Since early December, the Central American countries Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panamá have been added. So if you haven't been there in awhile, hop on over and check out all the bells and whistles.
                    Last edited by Jim Thomas; 01-23-2017, 12:38 PM.
                    Jim Thomas
                    Springfield, MO EM37

                    "Let's just plop them in front of the TV. I was raised in front of the TV and I turned out TV." - Homer Simpson


                    Fall & Winter 2019 dx equipment
                    Antennas - Antennacraft MXU59 UHF antenna & home-brew version of Antennacraft VHF Y-10-7-13 antenna @ 25'. Both antennas fed through a Channel Master 7777 30dB pre-amp.
                    Tuners - Zenith DTT901 converter box; AirSpy HF+ sdr; Silicon Dust HD Homerun Dual ATSC tuner, using Rabbitears autologger support.

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                    • #11
                      Update to WTFDA FM database

                      Mike B. and I have been busy adding the Central American countries to the WTFDA FM database over the past several weeks. I believe Mike has another couple weeks on Honduras and it will be complete. Then its just maintenance. I just thought I would share some interesting factoids to help the users of the WTFDA FM database appreciate the data that has been entered.

                      • Belize has almost 50 FM stations in the database.
                      • Costa Rica has almost 80 FM stations in the database - they have a ton of low power repeaters on the same frequency as the main station, so they were not listed.
                      • El Salvador has almost 230 FM stations.
                      • Guatemala has a little over 450 FM stations.
                      • Honduras has just under 800 FM stations.
                      • Nicaragua has just over 350 FM stations.
                      • Panamá has just under 200 FM stations.


                      In Guatemala, there are almost 200 FM radio stations that are considered to be *illegal*. They operate without a license. Most are connected to Mayan culture and its a great TABOO to run interference with the Mayan culture. The United Nations has been watching this for several years now, after the 1990s and early 2000s saw a lot of ethnic bloodshed in Guatemala. In Guatemala you don't rat on unlicensed stations to the government. Unless you fancy the idea of a bullet in your head. And it would probably come from some government official that supplements his income with radio payola - pay me and I won't shut your station down. There is a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts (Cultural Survival) that works closely with third world radio broadcasting groups. They know who most of the ethnic radio stations in Guatemala are. To protect those stations, they won't publish that information.

                      To understand the dynamics of how many FM stations are in each country, in relationship to the size of the country, here are comparisons to the US, based on square miles....

                      Belize is slightly smaller than Massachusetts.
                      Costa Rica is slightly smaller than West Virginia;
                      El Salvador is equal to Massachusetts;
                      Guatemala is slightly smaller than Tennessee;
                      Honduras is slightly smaller than Tennessee;
                      Nicaragua is slightly smaller than the state of New York;
                      Panamá is slighly smaller than South Carolina.

                      In the WTFDA FM database, all of the stations have their secondary departments or provinces with each listing, which in scale to the US, are equivalent to an average US county.

                      Some interesting current facts from the IfItWereMyHome.com website, comparing life in the US to that of Central America....

                      If you lived in Belize, its 2 times more likely you would be unemployed from the work you do;
                      If you lived in Costa Rica, you would make 75% less doing the same job you do;
                      If you lived in El Salvador, there would be 10 times greater chance of being murdered;
                      If you lived in Guatemala, you would probably die 8 years earlier than in the US;
                      If you lived in Honduras, you would have 22 times greater risk of being murdered***.....and you thought El Salvador was bad;
                      If you lived in Nicaragua, there would be a 90% likelihood you would commute by bicycle, bus, or your legs;
                      If you lived in Panamá, there is an 86% greater chance you would be living in a house without electricity.

                      ***On January 23, 2017, the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa issued a national warning for US citizens wanting to travel to Honduras. Violence targeted against US citizens is at an all-time high, especially in the cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. The United Nations press office has elevated those two cities to the top five most violent cities in the world.

                      And you thought the plethora of LPFMs, religious satellators, and IBOC was bad. Now you know part of the rest of the story.
                      Last edited by Jim Thomas; 01-26-2017, 02:55 PM. Reason: Corrections
                      Jim Thomas
                      Springfield, MO EM37

                      "Let's just plop them in front of the TV. I was raised in front of the TV and I turned out TV." - Homer Simpson


                      Fall & Winter 2019 dx equipment
                      Antennas - Antennacraft MXU59 UHF antenna & home-brew version of Antennacraft VHF Y-10-7-13 antenna @ 25'. Both antennas fed through a Channel Master 7777 30dB pre-amp.
                      Tuners - Zenith DTT901 converter box; AirSpy HF+ sdr; Silicon Dust HD Homerun Dual ATSC tuner, using Rabbitears autologger support.

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