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  • 1410 – XEBS México DF

    XEBS wrote to me that "you can't imagine the joy which your report brought to us". Well, this is exactly what I like about DXing! Neither can he imagine my joy when I heard Radio Sinfonola at sunrise on a November morning in 1997... Contacts like these are just fantastic, and continue to be, no matter how long you have been DXing. XEBS (part of Núcleo Radio Mil) is an only-music station, which claims to reach half a million daily listeners – not counting the odd number of DXers all over the globe! My QSL from early 1998 was signed by Gustavo Alvite Martinez, Director de Programación del NRM. More info on XEBS at their website.

  • 1410 – XECF Los Mochis SO

    The format of XECF consists of música ranchera, norteña y tropical and sports. XECF is the oldest station of Radiosistema del Noroeste established already in 1940. XECF promptly identified with its slogan Yo soy La Mexicana, but at first I had difficulties in figuring out the sort of sub-slogan which followed. It turned out to be ¡Que Cante México! announced with the pompous echo so typical of Mexican stations, especially those outside the capital.

  • 1420 – XEH Monterrey NL

    In 1995 XEH identified simply using the call letters. My report was promptly verified by Lic. Juan Manuel López Saavedra, Gerente Administrativo. XEH claims to be the oldest radio station in Mexico, founded in 1921. Nowadays it is a music station and part of the Grupo Radio Centro Monterrey, which comprises of 7 stations. The company employs some 70 people.
XECB 1450 sticker
  • 1450 – XECB San Luís Río Colorado SO - XECB station identification

    Radio Ranchito was quite a surprise when it beat all the U.S. stations on this crowded frequency. My report was answered by Evelina Renteria Montoya, then 24, whose home address and fabulous picture I'm not going to include here for fear of drowning her with letters from unscrupulous DXers... I know that my name is a bit difficult, but what was she thinking, addressing her letter to Mr. Kika Makelainen... Nevertheless, with a CD of ranchera music, stickers and other memorabilia, this was a superb confirmation. XECB is part of the local OIR-network with 5 stations in the same town.

  • 1470 – XEACE Mazatlán SN

    XEACE was one of the many nice Mexicans audible on a November afternoon at 1300 UTC. As usual at 6 a.m. local time, it was time for the national anthem. This is definitely not the easiest Mexican on the frequency, but it was the first one I managed to QSL. Luckily an intern working at the station found the time to confirm my reception by e-mail, because even after a phonecall, the sincere promises of a more official verification by mail from the station manager never materialized. That's the problem with e-mail; you are more likely to get a verification, but much less likely to get anything more than just the verification.

  • 1470 – XESM México DF - XESM station identification

    I have rarely heard a station use so many different slogans as XESM. In January 1995 I stayed on the frequency for more than one hour trying to get their call-letter ID, but all I got was La Fabulosa Tremenda 1470, La Explosiva Tremenda 1470, La Poderosa Tremenda 1470 and finally La Sensacional Tremenda 1470. Fortunately they also announced their address, so there was no question of the identity of the station. Like the other ORF stations, it's extremely difficult to get this one verified, but the ORF website offers many e-mail addresses for QSL hunting. The ORF station on this frequency is now known as XEAI, which previously operated on 1500 kHz.
XERCN 1470 logo
  • 1470 - XERCN Tijuana BC

    La Kaliente remained on my hunting list for over a decade before I finally heard it, even though conditions had favored the Tijuana area many times before. In December 2001 it was the only Mexican I heard, but luckily a new one. A national newscast hosted by Eduardo Ruiz Healy was frequently interrupted with local slogans. La Kaliente belongs to Grupo Uniradio (since 1997) which has also two other stations in Tijuana. RCN by the way stands for Radio Cadena Nacional, just as in Colombia, but unlike in Colombia where RCN is a truly national network, in Mexico, the network which in the 1950's had dozens of stations, no longer exists. But there is also another story behind the abbreviation RCN: The founder's name was Rafaél Cutberto Navarro. Today the station that bears his initials broadcasts mostly tropical music and is affiliated to Radio Única in Miami.

  • 1480 - XEVIC Cd. Victoria TM

    This station that I heard in 1995 talking about Ciudad Victoria remained a mystery to me for years, because it was not listed in the WRTH. When I finally found information that there really was a station in that city on this frequency, I was able to send a tentative report, which was verified by Federico Kelly, Director of Sistema Estatal Radio Tamaulipas, a group of 12 publicly-owned stations. Luckily he identified the announcer that I had heard years ago as Humberto Zuñiga and was able to confirm my reception report. The station has a website with much program and background information.

  • 1500 – XEAI México DF - XEAI station identification

    Radio A-I sure knows what DXers need to know; a perfect station identification as soon as I arrived on the frequency, an announcement for their program La Hora de los Recuerdos, then telephone numbers to call to and other necessary information before some romantic music. That was in 1995; the same format continues now on 1470 kHz, and on this frequency you can hear XEDF with the slogan Radio Uno AM.

  • 1530 XEUR México DF - XEUR station identification

    Picking up La Fiesta Mexicana is not as easy as its 50 kilowatt power would seem to suggest, as the frequency used also by European stations. When occasionally something from across the Atlantic is audible, U.S. stations in Cincinnati and Sacramento tend to dominate. However, on January 17th 1995, XEUR even dominated the frequency for a while. Getting a reply took six more years.
XEHOS 1540 sticker
  • 1540 – XEHOS Hermosillo SOXEHOS station identification

    XEHOS used to be a tough case to get a verification from. After numerous reception reports and follow-ups I finally received their QSL in 1997, signed by Lic. Gabriela Alejandra Noriega Espinoza, Asistente Personal de Dirección General at Grupo Uniradio in Hermosillo. Nowadays QSLing should be much easier, because the station has an e-mail address: uniradhm@imparcial.com.mx. In Hermosillo, Uniradio has 5 stations, La Poderosa being the only AM station. XEHOS has been heard rather often, as Ms. Noriega told me she had received reception reports from more than 10 Finnish DXers. Her generous reply included a letter, a CD, a cassette, a pen, a keyring, a postcard, a newspaper, stickers and balloons!

  • 1550 – XENU Nuevo Laredo TM

    XENU was the first station I heard on the LEM112 DXpedition (1997), which became my most productive DXpedition ever in terms of Mexican stations. Again an easy station to identify, as they gave their slogan La Rancherita de Nuevo Laredo between each song. Even though I wrote my report in Spanish, they replied in English! That's what the proximity of the U.S. does... The letter was written personally by Presidente Carolina Irenne Villarreal de Noguez. XENU is part of Radiorama Nuevo Laredo, a grouping of 4 stations. Radiorama Nuevo Laredo used to have a web page, but at least I haven't found it anymore.

  • 1560 – XEJPV Ciudad Juárez CH - XEJPV station identification

    When I heard XEJPV for the first time in 1995, they were simulcasting FM 100.7 Magia Digital, but nowadays AM has separate programming with the slogan La Radio Viva. XEJPV is part of a local chain of 7 stations under the name Megacadena S.A. de C.V. (Sociedad Anonima de Capital Variable). The chief engineer of the group is Faustino Torres, who can be reached by e-mail from Meganten@infolnk.net. Before trying e-mail, my numerous reports and follow-ups went unanswered, so e-mail does have its merits.

  • 1570 – XERF Ciudad Acuña CO

    XERF was my first heard Mexican and also the first to verify in 1986. No wonder, with a power output of 250 kilowatts, this truly was La Poderosa. Nowadays the power is given as 50 kilowatts, but XERF still is one of the easiest Mexicans to catch even halfway across the globe. For me, this has become a pest, because it overpowers the many small U.S. stations on this interesting frequency.

  • 1580 – XEDM Hermosillo SO

    This is probably the most common Mexican in Lapland, where stations from the western part of North America come much stronger than in Southern Finland. La Grande de Sonora was my second identified Mexican on the second day of my first Arctic DXpedition. Back in the 80's and at least until the mid-90's XEDM was part of Grupo ACIR. XEDM can be held partly responsible for my initial fascination with Mexicans, as the generous confirmation included a bunch of stamps, stickers and all the things we DXers love to collect.

  • 1590 – XEVOZ México DF

    This is the station which I in the original article labeled as a hopeless case in terms of getting a verification from, but it seems that all nightmares have an end... The QSL from Bonita (for verie-signer see 1180 XEFR) eventually arrived just before the new Millennium with the help of DXer Hector García Bojorge. Bonita is a pretty frequent catch, but without an identification you can hardly discern this from WONX Evanston IL.

As the above shows, a relentless flow of follow-up reports and the help of Mexican friends can improve the catch considerably - now I only have about ten identified Mexican stations, which I haven't received a confirmation from. Still, on the AM band, as the Mexican combination continues to be difficult-to-hear and more-difficult-to-QSL, it may take a couple of decades before you are able to read my Mexican Top 100, Los 100 Principales.

(published on September 10th 1999, last revised April 25th 2002)

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