FCCdata.org expanding into Mexico
Users of FCCdata.org are now able to retrieve data from Mexico based on the records of the Instituto Federal de Telecommunicaciones (IFT), the Mexican communications regulator. The Mexico data can be retrieved by clicking on the Mexico tab and requests can be made by call sign or community name. There will also be links to the original documentation for each concession (licensee) at the IFT website.
Like our previous Japan expansion project, this is a manual build which will slowly take place over the next couple of months. At this time, the following states are supported:
- Baja California
- Baja California Sur
- Nuevo Leon
- San Luis Potosi
The project will take us southward until we achieve nationwide coverage.
Engineering data is very limited for older stations however there have been two major changes to Mexican broadcasting that have resulted in many new and modified stations:
- The conversion to digital television (TDT) is completed and right now, the spectrum is being "repacked" to give way for a reallocation of 600 MHz.
- Mexico's version of "AM Revitalization" saw many AM stations go off the air and be replaced by FM stations, many of which are Class B1 (25 kW at 100m HAAT).
While data for Mexico is also available in the United States' FCC databases, the data for FM and TV are limited to the area within 320 km of the border where coordination is required and with the AM to FM conversion efforts taking place in Mexico, many of the AM facilities that may appear in the FCC's data may no longer be on the air. Once FCCdata expands past the northern states, we will start to see data for facilities being covered by FCCdata for the first time.
If you appreciate our efforts, we urge you to please support REC Networks and FCCdata by making a donation at recnet.com. Thank you for your support!