– 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.
– 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.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
– 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.
– 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 email@example.com.
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.
– 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.
- 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 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.
– 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.
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
– 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.