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  • 800 – XEROK Ciudad Juárez CH

    I heard XEROK on my first DXpedition to Lapland already in 1986. It was past midnight in Mexico, and XEROK was airing network programming, but luckily identified on top of the hour with it's slogan Radio Cañon. And cannon it is, judging by the power (150 kW). A cannon is also depicted on their letterhead. XEROK seems to get quite a few reception reports from abroad as they sent a messy photocopy letter instead of a personal reply.

  • 860 – XEMO Tijuana BC

    Located in the westernmost city of Mexico, La Poderosa Radio 860 is typically heard only in the afternoon Finnish time, when more easterly stations have already disappeared. Such was the case also on November 3rd 1993, when I identified XEMO soon after picking up a couple of stations from California. XEMO is a relatively big station with about 45 employees, founded already in 1934. It is also one of the most popular in the market, constantly among the top three in a market of about 25 radio stations.

  • 860 – XECCN Cancún QR

    Radio Caribe belongs to a small public network called Sistema Quintanarroense de Comunicación Social, which has 186 employees running three radio stations and one TV station. Hearing the station in 1992 was quite an experience; they were broadcasting live from a Caribbean music festival, and the station was audible for about an hour. As I later discovered, promoting Mexican music and culture is their aim. However, it took me seven years to get this one verified. Finally, in an e-mail reply from sqcs@mpsnet.com.mx Eduardo Aguilar told me they had responded by mail to two of my many follow-up reports – none reached me, an indication of the poor reliability of the Mexican postal service. Paying a visit usually helps - fellow DXer Ari Kilponen visited XECCN in early 2000, and brought me a traditional snail-mail verification along with a nice t-shirt! Radio Caribe claims to be the most popular AM station in this tourist resort, where altogether 18 AM and FM stations operate. The other stations in the network, XECTL Radio Chetumal and XECPR Radio Chan Santa Cruz, have much fewer competitors. 

  • 870 – XETAR Wachochi CH

    Picking up La Voz de la Sierra Tarahumara was an awesome experience. The programming features indigenous local Indian cultures, so música indígena is the most common type of programming. Their response to my report was overwhelming; I received for instance photographs, an artistic poster and a tape of the anniversary special broadcast including my recording of the station. Station Manager is Victor Nicólas Martínez Juarez, but my verification was signed by Corina Fierro Ortega. The World Radio TV Handbook lists the station location as Guachochi, but the station prefers the Tarahumara-language spelling of Wachochi, which means "the place of storks". Also, the WRTH doesn't have an address for this one, so here it comes: Predio INI, Casa 1, Wachochi, Chihuahua C.P. 33180 – the only radio station in the region.

  • 890 – XENZ Culiacán SN

    This Fiesta Mexicana made my reporting easy in 1997 with listing all possible information in its top-of-the-hour station identification. Of course, in Mexico the top of the hour can mean anything from about 7 minutes before the hour to 7 minutes after the hour. In the case of XENZ, a sharp announcement exactamente las 5 came at 1157 UTC. XENZ belongs to Promored, which is a state-wide network, in Sinaloa that is. My friendly e-mail verification was signed by Alfonso Millan, Director General, from publivision@infosel.net.mx. According to information I received later, the station intended to switch format to music such as Julio Iglesias and begin using a new slogan Radio Mía from spring 1999.
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  • 900 – XEW México DF

    La Voz de la América Latina is not quite as common as the power of 150 kilowatts would suggest, mostly because of a bunch of European stations operating on the same frequency. I was listening to their program El Color de la Noche in March 1996, but getting a verification took me a couple of years, thanks to the ingenious Finnish postal service. In 1997 I was abroad with my family for three months, and my local post office promised to stack my mail waiting for my return. However, they returned all registered mail to their respective senders, because I wasn't here to sign the receipts... I know that a QSL from XEW was among them, but fortunately Mr. Barrientos kindly sent it again later.
  • 930 - XEU Veracruz VE

    I had hunted La U de Veracruz for quite a few times before finally hearing the station in November 1997 during the unforgettable LEM112 DXpedition. And as with most Mexicans, even after hearing the station, I had to send them a few reports before getting a reply. Their email reply from 2001 was signed by Ing. Fernando Pazos Gómez at the Veracruz office of Radio Nucleo Oro. The station has an elegant website with program listings and some pictures.
XEQ 940 envelope
  • 940 – XEQ México DF

    This is perhaps the most common capital station in Lapland, often audible for hours with the music of Roberto Carlos and the like. When I heard the station in 1992, I couldn't help recording its relaxing programming with unbelievable signal strength for almost half an hour, even at the expense of possibly missing some other Mexicans. Back then the slogan was simply La Q and Q Estereo, and after using several different slogans over the years (including La TropiQ), in May 2001 the station was heard identifying as Enamorada 940.

  • 970 – XEDF México DF

    Originally a music station, in the early 90's this was the flagship newstalk station of Organización Radio Formula (ORF) network. I heard XEDF with slogan DF Radio Notícias, bragging about having more then 40 comentaristas. The call, or sigla as it is known in Mexico, on this frequency is nowadays XERFR with slogan Radio Formula AM. According to their website, XERFR is the the most popular AM station at least at nights, when the station is audible in Finland – so this is how we DXers affect ratings... In reality, ORF couldn't care less about DXers, so getting a verification from this and other stations (1470 and 1500) is quite a challenge. Mine was sent by a colleague working at the station. You can try your luck by addressing your report to one of the bosses or the famous on-air personalities, especially if you happen to hear one of their programs. Listings with personal e-mail addresses can be found on their website.

  • 970 – XEJ Ciudad Juárez CH

    Back in 1993 the slogan was Radio Mexicana, now it is said to be La J Mexicana. A 10-kilowatt station then, now a 50-kilowatt powerhouse in this border boomtown. First I received a verification from the Grupo Radio Mexico headquarters in Distrito Federal, but later also directly from the station. Verie-signer Jaime Chaul can be reached by e-mail at chaul@intelexis.com.
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  • 980 – XENR Nueva Rosita CO

    I heard XENR competing with WCUB in November 1993. According to some sources their slogan is La N-R, but I heard just the normal call letters. The station manager later sent a very friendly reply with a total of 13(!) pictures of the station personnel. Almost everyone was documented, as they only have 20 people on payroll. This was again one of those unforgettable verifications, and I couldn't resist to somehow reward it, so you may hear some Nordic tunes blending in with the música tropical format from this station.

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