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  • 540 – XEWA Monterrey NL

    U.S. stations are no match for this powerhouse, but Canadians (and of course Europeans) on the frequency make this quite a challenge. Previously XEWA used to belong to Multimedios Estrellas de Oro, but was sold to Radiópolis. XEWA was quick to note the extremes; while I reported a low of around -38 degrees Celsius at my end, the gerente of this station told me they had +38 Celsius on that June afternoon when she was writing to me. I guess the ideal would be somewhere in between, but much closer to the Mexican figures... Anyhow, the three cassettes of ranchera music she sent must be a good remedy against arising symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

  • 640 – XENQ Tulancingo HG

    I picked up Radio Tulancingo in 1997, and already then, according to an announcement I heard, AM was simulcasting with XHNQ-FM 90.1. The slogan sounded like Capitán or something like that, but I never found out what it really was. The station has a simple website and can be contacted by e-mail – even though they rarely seem to use the reply button.
XETRA 690 business card
  • 690 – XETRA Tijuana BC

    An interesting case, as this one broadcasts in English to the U.S. audience. In Lapland this frequency is either empty or dominated by CBU, so when conditions favor the southwest, it has been easy to distinguish The Mighty 690 with its sports-format. The last time I heard XETRA was in November 1997, with 1 on 1 Sports, but fortunately still with their own bilingual ID on top of the hour. Now the slogan was Sports 690. Interestingly, this top of the hour happened to be at 1400 UTC, the latest time in the afternoon that I have ever heard a Mexican station.

  • 710 – XEMP México DF

    710 kHz is a relatively free channel, but it suffers from interference by European stations on 711 kHz. The most common U.S. stations here are newstalk stations, and if you have ruled out the VOCM-relay here, any music station should be interesting. According to the information I received, 96.07 % of the time XEMP plays music for a potential audience of 12.114.531... the company could probably use another lesson in statistics. XEMP belongs to IMER, Instituto Mexicano de la Radio, one of the many networks which consider foreign correspondence as one of their least important tasks. Therefore, even though my QSL-letter dates back to 1996, it may be worth mentioning that it was signed by Lic. Eduardo Sánchez Hernandez, Director de Radiodifusoras, confirming my reception of three IMER stations, XEMP, XEB and XEQK. On the web you can find XEMP here.

  • 720 – XEDE Saltillo CO

    Audio Digital 720 operates on a difficult frequency; if you manage to get rid of the Europeans, WGN is bound to interfere. However, in November 1997 I managed to hear this one at 1200 UTC, when they played the National anthem of Mexico followed by the station identification. XEDE verified in late 1998 by e-mail, v/s Maria Magdalena Tafich from mtafich@mcsa.net.mx. As often is the case, she promised to send more information by mail, which never happened.

  • 730 – XEX México DF

    730 is probably the only North American frequency where you are more likely to hear French (CKAC) or Spanish (XEX) instead of English. The station - having identified as La Super X, Ke Buena 730 AM and most recently (May 2001) as La Nueva X - has the most reliable verie-signer in Mexico; Ing. Miguel Angel Barrientos Valadez, Director Técnico de Grupo Radiópolis. Always sending his QSL card, letter, pennant and stickers in registered mail, you are bound to get a verification from this one. The same goes for all other stations of Grupo Radiópolis in Distrito Federal. Radiópolis also has a website, but only their FM stations have individual web pages.

  • 740 – XEHS Los Mochis SN

    This Audio A is easy to identify, as their slogan seems to be announced practically between every song. The station belongs to a local network Radiosistema del Noroeste, which has set up a website and also began to use e-mail. Their address is radiosistema@radiosistema.com.mx, which is the best way to get a verification. Eventually I discovered it with the help of Mr. Honorio López Rodríguez, a Mexican ham operator. Earlier I tried it the hard way: soon after sending three separate reports for different Radiosistema stations by mail, I received a confirmation letter from the company's chief engineer Felipe Padilla Luna, who confirmed my reception of una de las estaciones de nuestro grupo. Not knowing which one he referred to, I kept on sending requests for clarification and follow-up reports, until finally in 1998, Lic. Eduardo Arámbula Pérez, Gerente de Operaciones, confirmed my reception of all three (XEHS, XEMPM and XECF) by e-mail.

  • 760 – XEEB Ciudad Obregón SO

    XEEB announced promos for their program Recuerdos de la Comadre as soon as I came to the frequency in October 1995. In just a couple of weeks time I received a very nice verification letter of 6 hand-written pages from Daniel Valdez V., producer and host of the program La Banda Canta. Curiously, his program runs until midnight, but is still meant mainly for children! Probably the only such program in the world, as Daniel points out. XEEB was one of the many Mexican stations, which have sent me recordings of Mexican music or recordings of their programming. The cassettes and CD's are so nice that I sometimes respond by sending CD's of Finnish pop music. At least half a dozen Mexican stations have received CD's from me, so don't be surprised if you sometimes hear a Finnish-language tango on the Mexican AM band!

  • 760 – XEABC México DF

    I have heard ABC Radio in Lapland in 1996 and in 1997. Eventually I got a verification for the '97 report on their program Fábrica de Sueños. XEABC seems to have mostly talk programming, but frequent promos, spots and public service announcements make it pretty easy to get program details. However, ABC Radio has been notoriously unresponsive to all reception reports. This may change as a result of a visit to the station made by a Mexican DXer, Hector García Bojorge, in November 1999. Thanks to Hector, I received a verification letter signed by Fernando Lapray Ramales, Gerente General, and quite a few DXers can expect the same. XEABC has also a website.

  • 770 – XEIH Fresnillo ZC

    The station identifying as La IH showed no interest in my reception reports until I approached them by e-mail. Verie-signer, Ing. Jaime Torres Gallegos replied from xeelxeih@gauss.logicnet.com.mx promising to send a packet of information and souvenirs. Well, I'm still waiting...

  • 790 – XERC México DF

    October 27th 1995 was one of those unforgettable days when Mexicans were booming, and El Fonógrafo was the first Mexican I heard that night. On top of the hour before news they gave a very thorough station identification with information on frequency, network affiliation (Grupo Radio Centro), address and format. Playing romantic music, XERC is aiming at audience older than 25 years. My nice verification letter was signed by Lic. Luis Carrandi Negrete, Director Artístico de XERC. You can also get in touch with them through their website under Grupo Radio Centro or by e-mail at fonografo@grc.com.mx.
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