MESSICO 2005

Aqui estamos ! We are yet in Tampico ! Our travel started from Milano Airport tuesday later afternoon, yes later cause our flight Milano-Madrid resulted delayed for 2 hours at 2050 local time ...cause the airplane Iberia was coming from Londonistan UK ...with delay (too much control at the Heatrew Airport in these days....) This delay BOICOTTED totally the planned meeting with the friends of AER Madrid ....Pedro Sedano and Martin Estevez planned to see us at Airport .....but the 2 hours arrival made impossible this meeting.... CHE SFIGA !!!! The flight had no problens and I and Roberto also got a free tickect to eat in Milano Airport for free before to start our travel.... however our flight Iberia Madrid-Ciudad Mexico started in time at 0150 local time ...and even arrived 1 hour of the scheduled time.... at 0600 local time in Mexico City.... 16 C temperature in mexico City and very foggy as usually ....the sunrise is at 0730 local tine... All ok .....but ....first problem we had the info to go to M2 immigration gate .....about 700 meters ...from our gate arrival .... and here we got ok the paper signed ....but ...to get our baggages ...we had to go at room 25.... more 600 meters..... there in a real BOLGIA DANTESCA ..... we finally got our baggages.... we also tested the famous GREEN-RED pass light.... both GREEN .... after that ... we had to visit the MEXICANA AIR chekin office .... more 500 meters ...... and surprise no carriles are allowed outside the departure - arrival area.... so you need to utilize PORTEUR .... A MAN WHO CARRY THE BAGGAGES.... AND YOU PAY IT WITH THE PROPINA YOU ...WANT .....HI! well all this exausted us a little.... but finally we get our tickect signed ...to keep in GATE B the internal flight to TAMPICO .... this solution has been made cause the bus Mexico City-Tampico is quite slow...and you need 7 hours.... our original flight 1010 hours had been unufied to the following 1110 hours ... the flight is 35 minutes .....you understand the difference .....the cost is naturally quite high ....but if you have time problems... 225 US $..... The flight however resulted good and with not so many people.... .....the arrival ....perfect... the Hotel Posada car expecting for us outside the little Airport .... with air conditioned ....the car.... outside 39 C degrees.... really steamy .... but surprise no clouds.. sunny ...instead of the ...predictions....of WEATHER CHANNEL ... the storms in the area had passed just the evening before with lot of troubles not only in Tampico area but also in Mexico CITY..... SO ALMOST IN THIS PARTICULAR WE HAS BEEN LUCKY.... so at 1230 local time we arrived at HOTEL POSADA de Tampico... Very good hotel with 3 swimming pools....and 2 floor big building with lot of green and nice flowers... So we seattled our baggages....and we were ready to start our visit to the radiostations of the city..... ./.. will follow soon or later ...it depends ...I am utilizing a free PC at the Hotel Reception and ....it is a fight with many boys who want to play with the PC CAUSE IS FREE...

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Hola! Ciao!
As you may have ....understood here in Mexico the computer service is not so easy to be found....
In Tampico the free service at Hotel Posadas has been awailable  after 0100 in the night after the bouys and girls went to sleep....  but saturday-sunday night I has been invited to an interesting DX session along the DOCK OF THE BAY of Tampico near the lighthouse dock at 2300-0245 local time ....so really hard to send a message about what happened ..... in Tampico.... and now sunday evening we are yet in VERACRUZ .... 700 Km south to Tampico ...and first the tentative at HOTEL HOSTAL de CORTEZ failed cause their free service ...utilize a CABLE SYSTEM TV ...and this system doesn't work at evening or night.... so I am now 2240 local time at INTERNET CYBER POINT "LA NETA" in Avenida 1* de Mayo (200 meters from Hotel)but ...they close at 2300 hours..... so .....The friday day at Tampico has been very hot and we visited 6 places where are located the local Radio stations....
First we have seen The stations at Diario DE Tampico in Altamira Hidalgo 800 a long street..... 94.50 MHz LA CALIENTE .... playing Musica Grupera Mexicana.... the "viejito" at the enter door very friendly called some one...but due to the hour 1430 ...SIESTA TIME ..no one has been found ...and finally a ....teenager arrived...very polite but .... unfortunatly the advertising office was declared closed .... so ...neverthless our efforts ...nothing of nothing..JESUS MARIA FONSECA the boos not at the station.... so pls try saturday morning.... a pity cause many TAXIS had the sticker sticked on of LA CALIENTE.....
Better in our second visit to Radio EXA 95.30 MHz we had lucky the kind assistence of DJ Diego Valerio ...he told us many info and also kindly given us the STIXs...Radio Exa has 21 relay stations in the whole country ...and almost all have issued the local frequency sticker. At same place : PRIMERA AVENIDA N*209,Colonia LOMAS DEL CHAIREL operates RADIO LA MEJOR 100.1 (EX BEST FM...changed name just 30 days ago) So we got also the OLD STIXs of LOS 40 ..... so naturally we finally BREAK THE ICE ...... hi!
Diegovalerio@exafm.com.mx is his personal email and he is very interested to be in contact with international people also in English language.
From that place we arrived always by TAXI (price is 20 or 30 $ Pesos Mex. about 2 or 3 Euro !!!!!) to the head office of GRUPO RADIO RAMA located at the Colonia Tolteca and at the reception we had the good idea to offer some of the Italian Stixs I have with me.... the result was very good... we got Stixs ofLOS 40 PRINCIPALES (it is same idea as the one of SPAIN.... in fact GRUPO PRISA de ESPANA has a part of the ownership)and Arroba 97.7 MHz ........will be continued ..... the shop owner of the LA NETA close at 2300 hours .... so ...the story will be continued .... ????
We are in Mexico .....the country of the SIESTA and ....... unpredictables happenings.... hi !
Sorry I have many anectods to tell you ...but .... they need to be ...delayed

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Hola ! YEPALE YEPALE !!!!
Today monday 1st August we visited the Veracruz radio stations.... lot of fun and adventures....
But I need to tell to you what happened in Tampico back to friday afternoon.
......the climatic level in Tampico at 1600 hours local time measured 36 C temperatures...the air so hot it sounded look like to burn ...
we arrived at the building of GRUPO RADIO RAMA located at Benito Juarez 506/a Colonia Tolteca 89160 Tampico , need to say the "colonia" are just the quarters in Tampico and help to find the area where is the street...
We found some young workers at the reception of the stations: Arroba 97.70 , LOS 40 96.90 , Romantica 950 kHz ,LA MEXICANA 660 kHz , LA HUASTECA 90.10 .... DANIEL SANI the DJ of LA ARROBA remained attracted by the many Italian CALCOMANIAS (this is how they call the STIXS in Mexico!) so he promised to take to the Hotel Posadas reception the ones from Arroba ! .... and he mainteined his promise... very kind! so if you want to get the rare ARROBA ! STIXS you may contact him at email: aulaq4@ixp.net  or send a letter with local radio stickers from your area...OK??
We got some STIXS from LOS 40 ...this station is partly owned by the GRUPO PRISA of SPAIN.... in Spain in fact the giant SER network has an FM channel called : LOS 40 PRINCIPALES. Miss Sante Fe Martinez  Garcia (Programadora) also very kind showed to us the studios of the stations and we do also some nice photos .... NOT DIGITAL....sorry !
If you want more info about Radio RAMA you may contact Miss Santa Fe at email : santafe@radio.fm she is working as PROGRAMADORA... Next 4th stop in an AIR really INCANDESCENTE ...hi! at GRUPO RADIO FLORES ..located at COLON 207 norte, Colonia Tampico, 89000 Tampico .... Color 96 on 96.10 , Radio Estrella 810 kHz and Radio Fiesta 860 kHz..... another good moment to visit them ...at the enter we found Jose Manuel Martinez Gomez the Gerente Administrativo... he knows a lot about the Tampico broadcasting situation....  in the corridor we seen soon the ORIGINAL TX of 810 kHz XEFM 810 kHz almost 50 years old !!!! so we do the photo.... I wonder howmany Dxers in the USA and Scandinavia has been able to listen to this TX .... so a real document for the archives... We also talked a lot with LUIS ALBERTO PACHECO the technical section in charge. his email : luispacheco5@hotmail.com
If you have unreplied reports pls write to his email.
Grupo Flores has a nice WEB http://www.grupoflores.com.mx
So we take some nice photos at the studios..... the following stations groups we visited was located in a large building with a lot of security .... this is cause at the same plave is TELEVISA del GOLFO an important TELEVISION covering large part of TAMAULIPAS state... Grupo Siete Radio address is : Valentin Gomez Farias 407, Colonia Otomi, Tampico. These the stations operating Radio Ranchito XEOLA 710 kHz, Radio Tampico 980 kJz, ERadio Tampico 980 kHz, DOBLE W Radio 1030 kHz , SONOVIDA XES 1240 kHz , SOLAR 1270 kHz XERRT , ROCKOLA 1330 kHz ...so we got finally some nice calcomanias of EMISORAS DE LA ONDA Larga = MW swtations) We also had permission to do some photos....
Time was running again and it was yet 1830 hours.... it is however interesting to remark the Mexican radio stations has visit times at 1000-1400 and 1600-1830 some even till 1900 hours (7 PM as say in Mexico)
A good start in Tampico who helped a lot to break the ICE ...... and for sure the warmest friendly caracter of the Mexican .....helped even more ....

We went back to our good Hotel Posadas de Tampico... it is located a bit outside the city ... but is the more large in Tampico... and in good position if you came with BUS service or Jetplane.... they have 3 swimming pools, and it is 2 floors.... they offer TROPICAL FRUITS at arrival... they have an ICE machine in the corridor.... but ....they are located just 300 meters from EXA FM station...so it is not a good place to do FM or MW listenings.... WE were very exausted after the jetplane travel ..... so we stay at Hotel and we had dinner.
The restaurant is top quality service but naturally if you test Italian plates you may be ....a bit deluded... the SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE were ...floating in the plate...hi!
and my TAGLIATELLE MARISCOS ...also were floating ....hi!!!Surely better POLLO A PLANCIA with potatoes....
At 2200 hours we had just the force to ....arrive at the room....and to stand up the bad....with air conditioned to make us safe from the outside 35 C temperature.... AT NIGHT !!!!!!!  you must test it... hi!
Next will be the Mexican Meeting of Diexistas of Saturday 30 july...... I hope to be able to compile sooner .... it depends till what time I may stay at the administration office of the Hostal de Cortez.... yet 3 hours here ...free of charge .... hi

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YA YA YA YA !!!! YEPALE YEPALE !!!! CHIHUAHUA !!!!
Well dear readers ... I hope to be able to picture the travel ...but in 4 days we had so many happenings it is really hard to do ....cause principally .... the problem is to find the internet  connection...
I may remember in Greece and in Canada and in Spain we found internet facilities also at nighttime .... here in Mexico seems more hard work.... in Tampico the internet cyber points close all at 2200 hours max ( located at CYBER LA CASCADA , Francesco I MADERO 512) .... and the free service at Hotel Posadas unfortunatly attracted too many young people so too much troubles....... so I started to have lot of problems....to send my messages...
Here in Veracruz is better ..but the internet LA CYBER close at 2300 hours and the free service at administrative office (so access is controlled and no boys and girls are admitted...) unfortunatly it utilize a CABLE access SYSTEM which after 2000 hours is not operating....
Well this monday afternoon I choose to stay here at Hotel office to write the ...experiences of our travel ..and Roberto after a good swimming in the Mexican Gulf (with no TIBURONES) has been visting some radio and television stations in the city .... later he will tell me his adverntures...hi

So I will now tell you how has been the 11 Congreso Encuentro de los DXistas Mexicano....
After a ...pantagruelic breakfast at Hotel Posadas ... prixce 12 Euro in two .... where I eat 6 differents cakes and a big plate of white UVA (rice wine)  and red UVA ...2 bananas .... 6 glasses of milk cold .... we pick up a TAXI...managed by a CANUTO Taxi driver.... sounded normal ..but in reality instead to leave us in front of the meeting place .... he let us infront of a college ... and asked 75 Pesos which is the triple !!!!!! of a normal ride... so after that we started each time we pick up a taxi to discuss the cost of the ride... to avoid surprises....
The meeting took place at Universidad Interamericana del Norte Tampico, Colonia Volantinin at the hall of the University INTER AMERICANA del NORTE of Tampico (located frente la Gasolinera de Avenida Hidalg it is long 20 km!!!corner calle JESUS ELIAS PINA....  cause a more easy place to arrive and cause the Hotel Posadas said it was not allowed to NON residents at Hotel to remain all the day at the Hotel....
However we just walked 300 meters and after a DANGEROUS crossing of the main street going to TAMPICO (thanks a semaphoric light) we arrived safe .... but surely sending to the CANUTO Taxi driver many MONTEZUMA good wishes to stay 3 weeks at the "LAVABO"...hi

At the enter we found soon .... Rafael Gustavo Grajeda Rosado coming from Veracruz and staying at Hotel Capri in the city center area... the price is just 190 $ Pesos MEX .... Rafael is specialized in METEO FAX reception with display of MAPS with his portable PC. So we started to talk about our hobby and how we entered in the listening hobby... and after some minutes arrived Juan Miroz Lozano the organizer ....and some more DIEXISTAS :Miguel Angel Rocha Gamez desde Chihuahua...... y  Leonardo Lopez Hernandez coming from OAXACA from the south part of Mexico (near Chapas) he kindly took us some color photocopies of stickers printed by a group of Radio stations operating in OAXACA and he visited .... and they just geave to him color ...photocopies...very nice....idea... another Diexista CESAR FERNANDEZ DE LARA GARCIA coming from Veracruz also very much interested to TV DX and Utility. Mrs Kathy Kilian from USA unfortunatly his husband dead early this year and John Kilian surely has been a great friend of these meetings.....
After 1000 hours 20 people where arrived so here what happened: Unfortunatly the Tampico location did not helped to get more partecipants from abroad ...and the tentive to invite Manolo de la Rosa and his wife from CUBA did not get good results cause too late organized and too much burocratics matters for the VISA to Mexico from CUBA.... so if you look at the 75 partecipants in 2002.... These the talks who has been in the meeting....

10:30 a 11:30 hrs. taller de DX por TV  (FM-TV DXING)por Juan Josè Miroz
He confirmed the good reception in Tampico Bay of TV signals from other Mexican areas and even from USA, and the problems to have ES Esporadics in Tampico area..... he got some signals from Belize and Costarica...)

11:35 a 12:30 hrs. Las Emisoras Piratas Europeas (Pirate stations) por Dario Monferini
I just try to tell how is the pirate story in Europe from the 60´s till now .... surely making the feeling Europe is the leader for Pirate transmissions on MW and SW.

12:35 a 13:30 hrs. captacion de señales Meteorologicas METEO FAX MAP with PC. por Ing. Rafael Grajeda
This the most exicing argument, cause Rafael also had a PC to show how the maps sounds and how to manage this reception....

At 1300 hours we had a raffle with a kind offer of two portables receivers (new ones) and a copy of WRTH 2004 offered by Roberto Pavanello... Leonardo the lucky winner of the WRTH 2004.... and from the Vidow of John KILIAN FROM usa (dead recently) an album of photos souvenirs of the Mexican meetings John partecipated and in same Album some of his QSL cards collection.... to be took as a good memory of his friendship with all the Mexican Dxers....

If you want to look at how sounds the precedents meetings you may look at this WEB page of AER in Spain realized by Pedro Sedano.
http://www.aer-dx.org/encuentro/reportaje7.htm
After we moved in 8 to a restaurant of the central Zocalo Cristal area in Tampico to eat some Mexican food .... but before I wanted to buy some 70 postcards to send them to some of my friends contact in the planet.... so Juan Miroz suggested a shop selling them at 4 $ Mex each one.... usually you get them at 8 or 10 $ Mex each... We got them and we moved to the very near restaurant....

I had with me the photos of my home DX Room ... and the many pennants attracted the attention of the friends.

At 1500 hours by TAXI we moved to the area of the LAGUNA of TAMPICO sea port ... there is a big relaxing area with tables in madera and chairs to sit down under the trees to ...enjoy the brisas coming from the gilf... and the big BRIDGE of TAMPICO (to go to the south) standing in a very special panorama..... very sunny and with however the breaze not so hard to stay... but with many PINCIU (a variety of pingeons... in Italy we have same in TORINO area ... many PICCIU....) and they were floating over us...offering free ...shits ...on our table... ha ha ha...

Rafael and other friends put some aerials and the PC table top connected to his portable Realistic offered some photos of meteo fax from NEW ORLEANS and from FLORIDA of NOAA ORGANISATION in USA.

I listened with the DEGEN 1103 kindly got to TEST from Giampiero Bernardini .... equipped with 2 filters FM MURATA 53 kHz and 110 kHz

Well that place sounded to be too much crowled by signals ...so in this view point NOT A GOOD PLACE to do FM or MW listening .... but good for METEO FAX map tracking.... hi!

Also Roberto enjoyed to look at how sounds the MAP of the METEO FAX... but after to have seen the 3rd ...look like the 2 precedents almost same area ..... he started to listen to SW..and he gets signals from :
4780 GUATEMALA Radio National COATAN , 4800 Radio Buenas Nuevas Guatemala, 4820 HRVC Honduras (not so strong), 5025 Rebelde, 6020 R.Victoria Peru, 6140 R. Reloj Cuba , 11780 R. N. Brasil .... From Mexico : 4810 R. Transcontinental , 6010 R. Mil , 6185 R. Educacion (very good signals), not hrd 2390 HUAYACOCOTLA (try please from ....BOLOGNA !!!!...without receiver ...), 6045 R. Universidad San Luis Potosi.....

HOWEVER THIS GOOD GET TOGETHER REMEMBER TO US THE ONTARIO DX Association .....  in Toronto north garden area... in our Canada trip... in fact listening is possible everywhere but you need to try the good place without RF noise on FM and SW...

So I offered the idea to try in another place at night ...and Juan Miroz said a good place to test was the DOCK of the LIGHTHOUSE of Tampico Bay...1 Km in the sea .... so we organized to do it ...after a lunch at Hotel Posada.... I and Roberto do the lunch the other preferred to test a local giant store selling everything....

Next message will write about what you may listen on MW and FM ... from TAMPICO in the middle of the sea...hi!!!! quite exciting... so  bye bye for now !

Hola Companeros que viva Zapata !!!!
Before to leave from Veracruz I have the opportunity to tell you what happened in the last night in Tampico...

After the dinner Roberto preferred to stay at the Hotel Posada ...to avoid the milliards Mosquitos ???? may be ... I wait the friends at the lobby ... no chanche to may use the free internet cause as usually little boys and girls stand up the¨PC .... so at 1030 PM  Rafael and the other active Dxistas arrived with a CARRO CAMIONETA to go at the place to try to do listenings.... we took the street to go to the industrial area of Tampico there is located a Raffinery and the sea port...and after the road to go to the FARO... this is 1000 meters cement dock ..sufficent large to pass two cars.... but many cars yet there stationating ...with some kinds of little local ...orgies ..oppps party ...hi naturally... no lights apart the ones of the cars passing... we choose a ...quiet place ...with next car jeep... with YL and YM..making some kamasutra activity with bottle of tequila on the top of the jeep... quite interesting place indeed to be ..if you have infrared glasses...hi....

So we started to listen to our preferred stations...mee the FM and MW band... Rafael the METEO FAX stations... with his PC connected to the portable Receiver.

The place resulted very good...no local RF noise..and MW with no noise.... here the stations from EEUU I got in the DEGEN 1103 with filters 53 kHz and 110 kHz and just telescopic antenna.

KTTX 97.50 KINGSVILLE TEXAS, KLEY 94.10 ROCKS TEXAS  FLORESVILLE (town near S.Antonio), KMXR 93.9 CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS "GOLDEN 93.9" the slogan...and playing "STEVIE WONDER hit THE DOCK OF THE BAY" indeed the right song in the right place at the right moment...., KBXA 92.50 KINGSVILLE,TEXAS  of NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO service ,KAWZ 88.70 S.ANTONIO, TEXAS better say a station relaying KAWZ on 88.7 in S.Antonio...., 106.3 KPSO FALFURRIAS TEXAS "106.3 MEMORIES" the slogan , KMIQ 104.9 ROBSTOWN , near Corpus Christi, KZEP 104.5 S.ANTONIO  ..great classic rock station in S.ANTONIO , KCYY 100.3 "Y 100 COUNTRY MUSIC" in  S.ANTONIO (another great station !!!) ....and finally two UNIDs 101.3 sound ID KTPX ... but not found in my lists and a funky soul station ID "BEE 97" on 99.7 MHz .... any suggestion folks ??????
Naturally the sea marine breaze and the particular happenings on the next cars ..made the listening even more excitings ... a RED LIGHT DX NIGHT ... something you must test...hi!!! if you will visit Tampico Bay ... test it pls....
The MW offered so many signals on the Expanded band 1620-1700 kHz almost on every channel from EEUU... and the only exotic station I got it has been 1540 kHz NATIONAL RADIO ...Bahamas  with Id and news on the hour....

I guess this is sufficent to say the Tampico visit really has been positive in all aspects and really thanks... gracias amigo Juan Jose Miroz the organizer of this meeting...

At 0245 we were back to quiet Hotel Posada ..and I had finally access to the computer..no ninos de la rua breaking ballers ...hi

Next to be featured is Veracruz ...but also very important what happened in the BUS travel Tampico Veracruz ----

Saludos y que se la pasen bien

Hola ! Hallo ! Yepale Yepale !!
The internet problems continues ... after the very good service found at the Veracruz Hotel HOSTAL DE CORTEZ ....PC in the Administration office (free of charge !!) in Villahermosa unfortunatly the luxury Hotel Cencali (a real fortress in the city south area) had times of PC NOT ok ...cause they closed the office at 2300 hours ...and open at 0900 .... and we had to visit the local radio stations.... Well a bit better here in Campeche at the magnificent Hotel Baluarte ...on the dock of the city .... they are open till 2300 and open at 0700 !!! 1 hour cost 10 $ Mex .... this is about 0.80 Euro ..... so I may continue our travel history...

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Sunday 31 July from Tampico.
The ADO BUS line have very good clean sevice and the air conditioned is usually 15-18 *C inside .... but nevethless Roberto had some problems ...with the ...opposite of Montezuma anatema .... may be called Pizarro anatema...??? hi !!!!!
Luckly he had the coat got (...hmmm) found aboard the IBERIA Jet plane ...cause at ADO BUS they don't care if you suffere the low air conditioned...hi
Bus departure at 1030 in Tampico... the Bus station is clean and well organized and we had no problems to board the bus.I myself love iced air of the north pole so 15-18*C is a good temperature .... the problem however it has not been the bus service (I may say very good) ...but with the roads.... I supposed some ...problems of traffic but the problem has been the 180 Highway ...from Monterrey to Cancun is a real KILOMBO ...in the first track almost till Villahermosa .... especially Tampico to Poza Rica it has been a real nightmare ..... in some tracks they are doing rebuilt the road completly.......this is good for the future generations ...but very bad for the travellers going to south along the coast..in many tracks very is only one way.. in Tuxpan the enter of the city is totally a caos for closure of the streets ...so we lost 50 minutes in a giant traffic caos ..... almost same in Poza Rica .... in this STOP I had a ...little problem... in need to go to the rest toilet... I went out of the departure section and found it ... the cost to ...piss is 3 $ Mex .....about 0.30 Euro .... but if don't have coins you are ...lost..hi.. I had my coins..so no problem... but after I wanted to return to the bus ...and ..if you don't have your tickect ...you can't return....hi !!! so I needed 5 minutes to explain my problem to a young (16 years ???) civil guard ... but finally I got permission to go to my bus.....ADO ... AMEN !!!
After the little town of Papactla we found the Coast called COSTA ESMERALDA ... full of many resorts ...of very modest quality ... after 82 km of coast !!! we found Punta Delgada a stone hill going to the sea ... and another coast called COSTA VERDE for 42 km ... also full of little restaurantes with incredibles names .... "EL CONECO VERDE" "LIVERPOOL HOTEL" .....
After Jose Cardel town finally the 180 is a real HIGH WAY with two ways to go and two ways to back..... just for 32 km.... Well we lost almost 2 hours .... so we arrived in Veracruz bus station around 2000 hours... 

On the bus I listened mostly of the time on FM cause on MW the noise of the BUS air conditioned did not permitted to listen to MW...apart the very local stations MW during the stops....
My attention has been attracted by stations of the CADENA RADIO MAS de VERACRUZ ...operating for the indigenal people 106.50 relay at CERRO AZUL cover a long coast area... and they play very good cultural level programs....for exemple I listened to  "LA ESENCIA MUSICAL DEL MUNDO" with program from Radio TARIFA (Andalucia Spain) and Beethowen life story and musics.... another program is "CADENA QUE PASA" in connection with EEUU chain located in North Carolina and sending cross greetings EEUU-MEXICO and MEXICO-EEUU ..many phonecalls live....this was on 101,30 MHz ..from HUAYACOCOTLA ...yes the same station operating on 2390 kHz ... we heard also on SW very poor signal in // 101,30 MHz  at NAUTLA bus stop.... another CADENA MAS station heard 95.7 MHz at Mecayapan (50000 watts!!!) Tuning the FM dial ...on 105.50 MHz I get very interesting big band music look like in Mexico they use to do for special live happening...and indeed it was a very very special event ...the inauguration of LA VOZ DE LOS CAMPESINOS from Huayacocotla annoncing 10000 watts for the SIERRA NORTE area of Veracruz ... the program was live from the bosques (forest) near Huayacocotla with many people celebrating the opening of the real first local station INDEPENDENT operating by the native people... so I heard also talks messages in local language dialect.... indeed a very pleasant listening.... also heard special messages coming from AMARC radio stations operating in Mexico and Argentina, Peru..... the station is operating in connection with Radio Huayacocotla which usually repeat CADENA MAS programs... but on SW close at local sunset cause the power energy is cut .....
..... I got they signal ...even more week also in Veracruz .... but not in the Hotel ....Huayacocotla is about 45 km from Veracruz..in the sierras area.
In Poza Rica 101.9 LOS 40 offered good modern music, station FM usually annonce after every song and they have very attracting jingles with sounds effects. They have indeed many advertisings...but not look like in Italy ... there you may get even till 5 minutes of nostop idiots advertisings... Same is on MW...so to report a Mexican station I suggest try just to log their advertings if ...you listen to a commercial station .... Cadena Mas has not so many commercials but they id often...
So even if the traffic JAM was very high cause the High WAY (???) better the LOW WAY 180 ....I enjoy the FM band and the inauguration program of LA VOZ DE LOS CAMPESINOS from HUAYACOCOTLA it has been GREAT !!!

 Next will be the Veracruz visit ...
hasta muy pronto ...si Dios quieres

ANDALE ANDALE !!!! QUE CALOR MADRE DE DIOS  !!!!

We have just finished to see the Campeche radio stations... a real desaster ...hi!
So I am back in the apsectic room of the internet at SUPER HOTEL **** BALUARTE in a freezeee room ...12*C ... after having been outdoor for 4 hours.... with 40*C ...really shocking.... hi!

So I take this opportunity to tell you about what happened in Veracruz on monday 1st august ..... the town of Veracruz has been the most important sea port of Mexico for some centuries... particularily in the beginning of the Spanish domination the marchandises for Europe almost all passed from this place...the Hotel Hostal de Cortez is not a luxury hotel ..but his position is very very good... on the street border to the seaside ... like in Nice the more famous Promenade des Anglais.... however has same metalchairs to sit down and many palmitos to stand daylight in the shadow with some breaze from the Ocean ...
The beach are with thin brown sands .... and big umbrellas offer shadow...the local authority rent bad chairs or simply chairs to sit down the big umbrellas .... Roberto had the opportunity to test the sea .... it is very clean and no stones or other basuras or alghas (look like in Rimini)are in the green waters..(in Rimini usually brown...).. and the water temperature is around 30*C so ...very nice place to swimm ....for hours... hi!
I had internet time free at the administration office cause I had to write the story of my travel ..... the internet time is 1000-2300 hours.
Our room at 2nd floor very large and comfortable ...price 60 Euro in two , with breakfast.... dinner not included.
The room had a balcony looking at the sea... so I seen a beautiful sunrise for one day ...and less beautiful the second morning due to clouds... the listening resulted quite problematic on FM band due high RF level noise and some spurius signals.... but very very interesting on MW..... almost every channel offered a station every
10 kHz .... and the Expanded band 1620-1700 kHz even more from EEUU. (this will be in next message)
After a large breakfast we Hotel we started our visit....
We started at Multimedios Radio at Zamora 364 the main station on 900 kHz relay XEW 900 kHz in Mexico City, but they have also local service, a young assistent geave to us many pocket notes but no stickers at the moment ....sorry... the station has two enters in same block .... so this explain 2 addresses in the telephon book paginas Amarillas .... I guess however the telephon book often is not really up to dated ...unfortunatly .... and it is beeter to ask the cooperation of the TAXI driver.... if the TAXI driver is not too aged in his bread.... hiso LA NUEVA RN 96.5 mhz , RADIO MAR 99.7 mhz and LOS 40 101.7mhz are located at this address.
Curiosely on the telephon book they are listed at ZAMORA 365 !!!
instead of 364 .. We asked to the young people working at the stations if this will be corrected on next edition and he said i don't know ! hi !!! may be a test to see the level of the bread of the visitors ???
While talking ...a Dj passed and look at my stickers from Italy and he said he collected Stixs... Emmanuel Mongoia Lozano ... so he promised to send some STIXs in future... his personal email if you want to contact is emmanuelmongoialozano1@yahoo.com.mx
Indeed a quite good start...
Second LA GRUPERA 1090 kHz and 103.70 AMOR FM ... both of ACIR RADIO GROUP, located in Avenida Salvador Diaz Miron 2625 Esquina Heroico Colegio Militar, Colonia Centro,91700 Veracruz.
The station is quite far from the city center, and the Avenida is very very long and with lot of traffic... However the secretary luckly geave to us some STIXs.... 4... hi...but said the Gerente was busy in a meeting staff .... in other words he had no time to loose with us...
So we asked for another meeting at 1630 in the afternoon and he said it was ok....
Next to be seen RADIO YA FM ! located at 6floor of central street Melchor Ocampo 119 ,Veracruz 91700 ..... same place is located Radio Onda 1430 kHz and LA U de VERACRUZ XEU 930 kHz historical station ...many years ago RADIO NUCLEO DE ORO (they had a very nice pennant in the 60's) we got permission after 40 minutes wait !!!!!! to see the studios and to do some photos.... but we got only 2 stickers ...sorry "fellas".....
So we arrived at Radio Rama located at Benjamin Franklin 4 a very little street .... the stations of this group are : 800 kHz "LA PODEROSA" in // FM 106.9 MHz , 1010 kHz LA MAQUINA TROPICAL. At the recepcion we met Salvador Garcia Montes Ham operator XE1EQ..... so then we said we are international listeners the "ice" was immediately broken .... suddenly all the staff of the 3 stations arrived to see us...and we were literally covered of many souvenirs .... and MANY STIXs .....
ADVERTISING SPOT :
Il pacco viaggio Mexico 2005 potra' essere richiesto in redazione a PLAYDX inviando 20 Euro in banconote a PLAYDX. The souvenirs package MEXICO 2005 will be ready at the end of august ...price 20 Euro.
So this sticker will be surely in the package .....
Sr.Gerardo Ojeda Rendon Sub Director kindly geave us two T-shirt ...
Sr.Oscar Perez Romero offered plastic water bottles ....
Maria Rubi Olivares Morales locutora de la Poderosa geave us many Stixs
We spent 30 minutes with great pleasure and surely the most friendly station we visited in Veracruz....Salvador Garcia Montes is the Chief engineer and he worked also for other stations..... before to arrive to AVAN RADIO GROUP RADIO RAMA.
He is also FM - TV Dxer and he showed us a picture of his personal antenna ...in plastic and alluminium ... to catch distant FM TV signals ... he got Costarica Tv for exemple. ...it sounds look like a loop antenna (large 3 meters) ....will contact him by email to get the schema by email ....
After so great meeting time running 1315 hours we try to find Radio Formula at Nicolas Bravo 1103 ....but unfortunatly we found this address desert .... they moved .... another telephon book mistake.So we asked the help of a Taxi driver (luckly young ) and he found new place of EXA FM 93.30 MHz and other MW stations... in Calle Habaneras 602 al final Jardines de Virginia 94294 BOCA DEL RIO !!!!!!so not in Veracruz ...but just few hundreds meters south ...this is why not in the Veracruz yellow pages the new address.The building is really very big one with giant murales adverting the stations.
So we found Jose Lopes Arturo Zabaleta Dir de noticias and an old Italian man living in Veracruz fron 15 years .... collaborator to the stations.... we got some souvenirs and also some rare stickers ..... many differents models of LA MEJOR 100.5 MHz

Quite exausted and "boiled" by the hot temperatures and by the Sun +10v level ... we went back to the Hotel .... me to play internet in the conditioned air room ..... Roberto going to ...swim in the Mexican Gulf ....

At 1600 hours the friend seen in Tampico arrived Rafael Grijeda Rosado wanted to geave me some of his duplicated radio materials .... indeed very kind....He also solutioned the misterious station reported by an Italian visiting last year the Mexican coast and reporting to have heard an Utility station on 6977 kHz ... in reality he heard CENTRO DE PREVICION METEOROLOGICA del GOLFO de MEXICO operating from Veracruz every day at 0900, 1500, 2100 hours local time. They have INFORME METEOROLOGICO (20 minutos in CW fonia and 10 minutos en voce in USB mode) so NOTHING AS XDD -XDP stations CLOSED DOWN some 5 years ago !!!!! the correct frequency is 6976.5 kHz  power is 700 watts....Really thanks Rafael for these informations.... we know quite well the normal knowing level of people belonging to the AIR is look like the Marianas abyss..... hi!!!

So around 2100 hours we had te dinner at the Hotel Hostal de Cortez restaurant .... not so bad ...but you need to remember if you eat SPAGNETTI ALLA BOLOGNESE to ask "SECOS" this mind with no water floating in the plate... yes in Mexico they don't use the SCOLAPASTA  ( english ?????) so usually the SPAGNETTI are floating (SPAGNETTI ...cause the real SPAGHETTI you may eat only in Italy... hi!!!!!)

At 2330 a big tornado with many RELAMPAGOS started and it was indeed spectacular to see in few minutes so much rain to makes the street look like ...rivers ...hi !!!!

That's all folks .... ??? not all ...cause I had a morning Dx session from the balcony of the Hotel ...this will be in next message .... cause in one hour our BUS ADO will start to go to MERIDA ...yepale yepale ...rapido rapido ...andale andaleeeee

Hola ! QUE LA VAJAS BIEN ! SUERTE !!!!

We are arrived in the Merida this evening thursday 4 August .... in Europe yet friday early morning.... the air is so hot you can't do 100 meters outside the Hotel Best Western Maria del Csrmen ...you start to smell like a giant icecream ....hi! I guess humidity must be 300%...only in Montreal in August 2003 I get the same termic sensation ....Well a good news .... I have found an internet cyber cafe' in Merida open 24 hours !!!! The CAFE' CUBANO DON FIDEL also called LA HABANA so I will be here all night to complete and up to date our travel story.

The early morning of past tuesday 2 August I wake up to look at the sunrise from balcony of the Hotel Hostal de Cortez in Veracruz.... and at 0600-0730 local time I had the opportunity to listen to the EEUU Expanded band ..... this is the bandscan done with DEGEN 1103 receiver ...just telescopic and internal ferrite.
1620 kHz WTAW College Station Texas (Newstalk format) and another more weak supposed to be WNRP Gulf Breeze Florida  ("classic country AM 16-20")
1630 kHz EEUU Country Music in EE.... supposed KKGM Dallas Texas (new format ????) and more weaker WRDW AUGUSTA Georgia (NEWSTALK 1630)
1640 kHz very stroooong !!! WTNI BILOXI MISSISSIPPI  (TEXAS TALK RADIO 1640) dominating the channel1650 kHz KWHN FORTH SMITH ARIZONA (NEWS TALK 1650) plus a jumble of weakers signals .... KHRO EL PASO TEXAS ? KCNZ Cedar Falls IOWA ???? who knows ???? hi!
1660 kHz KRZI WACO TEXAS with ESPN sports  dominating the channel and more weak WCNZ MARCO ISLAND FLORIDA (NEWS RADIO 1660)
1670 kHz WMWR DRY BRACH,GEORGIA, (Talk Radio 1670) and more weak but hrd Id from WTDY Madison WI  (SPORTS NEWS)
1680 kHz KRJO MONROE LUISIANA (REJOICE AM 1680)and more weak  WLAA WINTER GARDEN FLORIDA (in Spanish)
1690 kHz WWAA ADEL GEORGIA (NEWS TALKS CNN NEWS)and KDDZ RADIO DISNEY ARVADA COLORADO (IDs JINGLES)
1700 kHz KVNS BROWNSVILLE TEXAS (near border Mexico) (NEWS TALK 1700)

.... You see lot of signals ...and imagine the 540-1600 kHz ... some frequencies with 3 stations fighting .... impossible to do a bandscan ... without a good list ...the NRC USA MW Logbook 2005 for exemple ... but missing in my hands.... next time I will have one with me....

On FM unfortunatly nothing from EEUU to report at this time ... but need to explain a thunderstorm serial passed all night along the coast of Veracruz area.... so no conditions of TROPO ... as reported by HEPBURN web page for carribean area .... unfortunatly....

But equally I was positively surprised of the good results with a receiver which cost just 50 US $$$$.... DEGEN 1103 ... a pocket receiver but with good possibilities ... but you need naturally good lists to do the FM BANDSCAN....or the MW EXPANDED BAND BANDSCAN....

So another quite long travel was expecting us from Veracruz till Villa Hermosa in Tabasco.... the details in next message...

Stay tune please.... que quedan en la espera de otro reportero pujante

El Décimo Primer Encuentro Diexista Mexicano. (in memoriam John Killian) 2005

Después de un breve viaje de 22 horas por autobús, llegué a mediodía del día del inicio del Encuentro DX, el viernes 29 de agosto, a Tampico, Tamaulipas. Poco antes de llegar contacté vía telefonía móvil con Javier Miroz, hermano del organizador nuestro amigo Juan José Miroz Lozano, recibiendo yo la noticia de que había sido cambiada la sede del Encuentro. Esto se debió a que el Hotel Posada, lejos del centro, a última hora no prestó el salón de eventos en donde se planeó originalmente se iba a realizar el encuentro. Esto fue por que no se totalizó una cantidad mínima de huéspedes en ese hotel que participarían en el Encuentro. De cualquier forma para muchos de nosotros el hotel en cuestión presentaba a pesar de un importante descuento, una tarifa elevada para cada día de hospedaje, y con menor cantidad que la correspondiente a un día ahí pudimos pagar tres y algunos hasta cuatro días en otros hoteles con baño, TV con cable y aire acondicionado en el centro de la Ciudad, en donde de antemano al menos yo pensaba hospedarme.

Así, la sede se cambió a la Universidad Interamericana del Norte, un lugar que me pareció muy adecuado para nuestros eventos. Sobre la Avenida Hidalgo, misma en donde se localiza el Hotel Posada, pero casi en el centro de la ciudad, yo tomaba un autobús urbano y llegaba a la Universidad en un viaje de pocos minutos. Inclusive me fui una vez caminando, llegando en menos de veinte minutos desde mi hotel a la sede.
La ciudadana rectora de la Universidad nos atendió amablemente. Durante la inauguración del Encuentro, guardamos un minuto de silencio en honor a nuestro querido hermano John Killian, quien cada año venía desde Virginia, EUA, y nos acompañaba en nuestros Encuentros. En la inauguración estuvieron presentes estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad.

Después de la inauguración nos fuimos a cenar, y luego nos encontramos en una orilla de la Laguna del Carpintero, en el Parque Metropolitano a unos minutos del centro de la ciudad, para hacer la primer noche diexista. Inicialmente nos fue un poco mal, las condiciones de recepción no nos favorecían y teníamos que resistir el ataque de los mosquitos. (mejor dicho y si me lo permiten, de "las mosquitas" ya que los machos no chupan sangre, y al igual que las hembras se alimentan de savia de las plantas, pero las hembras requieren de proteína animal para encubar, y la sangre es la fuente más fácil de obtenerla). Así, me fui a caminar y a unos metros de en donde estábamos, había numerosas tortugas de buen tamaño y no lo podía creer: también unos cocodrilos. Inmediatamente me puse a hacer unos cálculos de cuántos platos de sopa de cada tortuga y cuántos pares de botas podían salir de cada cocodrilo pero la mirada un poco terrible y directa que me dirigieron unos turistas ecologistas presentes me hicieron devolverme a la mesa en donde estaban lo radios. En ese momento, comenzó a soplar un refrescante y agradable viento que hizo descender la temperatura, se llevó a los mosquitos y casi simultáneamente se fueron abriendo un poco las condiciones de propagación.

El sábado 30 fue de gran actividad. Tuvimos tres conferencias, sobre Diexismo en televisión, recepción de fax meteorológico y emisoras piratas, impartidos respectivamente por Juan José Miroz, el incansable experimentador diexista Rafael Grajeda de Veracruz, Ver. y Darío Monferini de Milán, Italia, quien es un diexista mundialmente conocido y editor de Play DX, y que estuvo celebrando el XXX aniversario de su boletín con un viaje a México. En las tres conferencias los ponentes nos entregaron material impreso para facilitar la comprensión del tema. Yo repartí paquetes conteniendo un impreso para difusión del diexismo, una golosina, engomado de mi estación de radioaficionado XE2ITX, tarjeta de presentación y folletos turísticos de Chihuahua, Nuevo México y Arizona. Darío y Roberto Pavanello nos obsequiaron engomados de emisora europeas. Posteriormente se sortearon algunos regalos, como un receptor donado por nuestro amigo Catarino de México DF, un Manual Mundial de Radio y TV cortesía de Darío Monferini, y dos obsequios que trajo Kathy Killian, viuda de John: su álbum de QSL y un receptor Grundig Yatchboy, portátil y de gran calidad, que por cierto gané yo, y buena falta que me hacía un receptor de estos. Después de comer, fuimos de nuevo al Parque Metropolitano, estuvimos ahí desde media tarde hasta las 8 de la noche, con los receptores. Esta vez las condiciones fueron mejores, hasta pudimos recibir guiados por Rafael Grajeda, radioemisiones meteorológicas en fax con varios receptores y veíamos los mapas recibiéndose gradualmente en dos computadoras portátiles. Igualmente hicimos barridos en diferentes bandas de ondas cortas empleando varios receptores simultáneamente enfocados, así podíamos comparar la calidad de nuestros radios e identificar más rapido las emisoras que escuchábamos. No obstante teníamos deseos de seguir con esta actividad, así que después de cenar, y de visitar una gran tienda en donde Cesar Fernández de Veracruz, Ver., encontró accesorios para construir alguna antena, nos encontrarnos en el Hotel Posada, de donde partimos en el vehículo de Adolfo Murrieta de Guanajuato, Gto. a la playa, en donde tuvimos muy buenas condiciones de recepción. Seguimos recibiendo fax meteorológico, emisoras VOLMET –servicio meteorológico para aviones en vuelo-, comunicaciones de aviones a sus empresas, escuchas excepcionales en 49 y 41 metros, etc. Darío Monferini sintonizó emisoras de FM de Texas, situadas a cientos de kilómetros de donde estábamos, mientras que yo podía captar TV de Monterrey y Texas y con color en una TV de bolsillo. En todos los casos únicamente empleábamos las antenas de látigo o telescópicas propias de los receptores, esto es, no usábamos antenas exteriores como de tendedero, L, dipolos o Yagi. Una agradable sorpresa nos la dio KBS Radio Corea, al mencionar en la sección de aniversarios del programa "Antena de la Amistad" el día 2 de agosto como Día del Diexista Mexicano. Estuvimos hasta las tres de la mañana en esa actividad.

En estas jornadas diexistas siempre había más receptores que personas para operarlos. Por ejemplo, llevé yo dos equipos de bolsillo, uno de ellos un transceptor ICOM IC-T90A scanner que emite en bandas de 6, 2 y .75 metros de radioaficionados pero que también recibe de .5 a 999.995 Megahertz, y otro ICOM IC-90 que recibe desde .5 hasta 2500 Megahertz , tanto en radio como video y TV a colores, además del Grundig que acababa de ganar en sorteo. Por primera vez en nuestros encuentros, las hora-diexismo superaron y con mucho, a las horas restantes correspondientes a conferencias y otras actividades. Comentamos sobre la posibilidad de hacer una acampada diexista en algún lugar cercano a Perote Ver., antes de finalizar este año, y de que los próximos encuentros también tengan este tono más bien práctico que teórico. Sin desechar totalmente las conferencias y otras actividades, claro, pero se enfocarían más bien a la práctica diexista.

No quedamos en ningún acuerdo para escoger la sede del XII Encuentro Diexista, aunque yo presenté nuevamente las candidaturas de Ascensión, Chih. y Cd. Delicias Chih., esta última sería por el diexista, radioaficionado, locutor y muy bien relacionado amigo Jesús Araujo con mi apoyo. En el caso de que sea elegida Ascensión, Chihuahua, organizando por su amigo y servidor quien escribe este texto, pues el plazo para que acepte yo para que tomemos el acuerdo de que mi ciudad sea sede, sería a más tardar el último día de octubre próximo.

El domingo 31 en la mañana nos reunimos en Restaurant Sanborns también ubicado sobre la Ave. Hidalgo. En el desayuno que sirvió de clausura al evento, platicamos de algunas experiencias y ahí se despidieron la mayoría de los participantes. En la tarde en compañía de Kathy, César, Leonardo de Oaxaca Oax. y mi nuevo amigo Luis Pineda de Playas de Rosarito B.C., recorrimos algunos puntos de la ciudad. Fuimos a comer, a Catedral, a comprar algunos recuerdos en el mercado de artesanías y conocimos la histórica aduana portuaria y observando también el movimiento de grandes barcos en el Río Pánuco. Nos despedimos y finalmente en la noche tuve una reunión final de intercambio de impresiones con Juan José y Leonardo en una de las plazas del centro. Después, una triste despedida, salí de Tampico en la mañana siguiente, permanecí unos días en León Gto. y posteriormente en un pueblo cercano a Cd. Delicias, Chih. en donde pude probar tranquilamente mi nuevo receptor Grundig, en donde me sorprendió recibir a las dos de la tarde y con buena señal a Radio Mil y a Radio Universidad de San Luis Potosí.

En Cd. Delicias, moderna y tranquila ciudad, centro económico de un próspero valle y rodeada de otras ciudades pequeñas y numerosas poblaciones rurales, y situada al sur de Cd. Chihuahua a la que se comunica una moderna autopista libre, visité al gran amigo Jesús Araujo, quien me reafirmó su interés de efectuar dos Encuentros Diexistas más bien prácticos, primero uno de carácter regional –sin exceptuar a interesados de otras partes del país y del extranjero que deseen participar en este evento- en los primeros meses del próximo año 2006 y posteriormente un Encuentro Nacional, en cuanto los clubes diexistas le demos la oportunidad. Por cierto, Jesús arregló y me entregó en ese momento mi receptor Panasonic RF 3100, que es mi primer receptor digital comprado allá en 1983, y al que ya había dado yo como perdido por irreparable.

Aquí bien vale como término de esta crónica analizar algunos detalles de este XI Encuentro. Si bien el repentino cambio de sede molestó en serio a algunos participantes, debemos reconocer que estuvo fuera de la responsabilidad del organizador, que rápidamente encontró un muy buen lugar para hacerlo. Sin embargo, es necesario evitar repetir hasta donde sea posible una situación así. En realidad es costoso para quien cubre sus propios gastos, llegar a un hotel de esta calidad, quizá eso desalentó a muchos de los posibles participantes para asistir al evento. Y es que fuimos muy pocos los asistentes, personalmente extrañé a muchos de los que habitualmente asisten. En verdad que Tampico está en el noreste, fuera del área en donde se han llevado los Encuentros Diexistas, o sea en el Centro del País, y Tampico está a unas cuantas horas más de viaje, pero me resisto a creer que esta fue la causa de la ausencia de tantos y tantos amigos, y de las radiodifusoras: no estuvo presente ni siquiera una. ¿O tal vez en los Encuentros ya no encontramos lo que queremos encontrar? ¿Existe otro motivo?

Estimado oyente de ondas cortas y diexista mexicano... ¿Cuál es tu opinión?

Un cordial saludo de su amigo norteño Miguel Angel, ese mismo que ha viajado en total más de setenta mil kilómetros en carretera para ir a los Encuentros.

Prof. Miguel Angel Rocha Gamez (Chihuahua)
Para visitar tu grupo en Internet, ve a:
http://mx.groups.yahoo.com/group/clubdiexistamexico/

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

HHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA..... hmmmmmm...wonder whats happened ?? Not the MONTEZUMA effect... just  normal .... action ... ha ha ha (in Italian you may say ... A MEGA CAGATA !!!!!....) (do not translate please...hi!!!!)
I have seen a mistake in the bandscan of 9 message .... I bag your perdon ..but due to ... emergency problem of ...evacuation I had no chanche to control text of message number 9 ....
1640 kHz WTNI BILOXI MISSISSIPPI , SLOGAN IS TALK RADIO 1640 TAKES COAST TO COAST ..... (SORRY NOT TEXAS .... ok ??)

Well after a relaxing wednesday morning at Hotel Hostal de Cortez in Veracruz ...sending email messages in the freezy administration room where you may use internet free of charge from 0900 hours (great service indeed.... especially cause not admitted breaking ballers boys and girls...) We moved to the Bus station of Veracruz to bring our reserved bus to go to VillaHermosa .... but .... with great surprise we found our tickect was valid not for wednesday .... but for thursday .... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... my mistake do not control carefully the day of the ticket..... so ...Roberto went to the ADO office in the same place and asked for a tickect change.... and YES we got it... THE LAST 2 places .... the alternative was to pick up the next bus starting 3 hours later...and scheduled to arrive at around midnight in VILLAHERMOSA ....
Probably the VIRGIN of GUADALUPE loves us ...and she made the
miracle to find the last two places....
A bit shocked for this unexpected happening we started the travel with usual temperature inside the bus 13-15*C ...and outside over 40*C .... the 180 HIGHWAY (????) better say the 180 LOWWAY all in a rebuilding works... kilometers at low speed behind giant trucks ...the stops at San Andres Tuxtla offered panoramic view of very unexpected street names ..."Calle de los ninos perdidos" "street of lost children" ...for exemple.... Also Soteapan stop almost unbeliable ...main street was stopped for some works ... so the bus had to go around the village .... crossing riverstreets ....
The next iper caos happened to enter in COATZACOALCOS ... and also not better in MINATITLAN 63 km more southern along the coast....
Here some of the FM stations heard from the bus :
89.7 Radio Mas S.Andres Tuxtla (The indigenous station);
92.9 LA PRIMERISIMA in S.ANDRES TUXTLA ;
100.1 LA COMADRE musica grupera COATZACOALCOS;
100.9 EL LOBO DE LA MINA in MINATITLAN  (LOBO ...LOCAL DOG)
Quite amazing in the city I seen from the bus hundreds of LOBOS !!!!
107.5 AMOR FM in COATZACOALCOS....
The list booklet "THE MEXICO FM DIRECTORY" 2005 edited by WORLDWIDE TV FM DX ASSOCIATION from EEUU edited by JIM THOMAS resulted a precious support , it costs just 12 US $$$ to Europe , in cash to : P.O.BOX 501, SOMMERSVILLE ,CT, EEUU ZIP CODE 06072.
Naturally there are some mistakes but generally speaking it is a good support to monitorate the FM band if you travel in Mexico....Well finally after many many stops due to traffic jam ...works on the roads... we arrived at VillaHermosa with ONLY !!!!! 2 hours of laterness around 2145 hours..... exausted .... and ICED !!! hi!!!!

Need to say something I did not said before .... in Mexico almost everythere ...little or big towns they have a very practical system to make ...lower the speedy of the cars... YES .... they put some little elevations of stones cement or metal balas on the streets...roads...highway ....so you need to almost stop if you don't want to crash your car,truck,bus.... this may be a good idea ...if not there are too many of these ...obstacles ...and imagine if you drive at night with no lights on the roads.... CAN YOU IMAGINE this on A1 Italian HIGHWAY Milano-Roma ??? or same in France Highway Nice-Lyon-Paris ???
Simply MAD .... well in Mexico you found these everywhere .... Another matter ...in same 180 High WAY (???) you find stops to pay !!! the passage of bridges on little rivers ...this is cause the regional governs needs money to go on the construction of the double way HIGH WAY 180 from Monterrey till Cancun .... some parts are ok ... but most of Tampico-VillaHermosa 180 is ...still just one way to go one way back... similar to the local street from Novara till Mortara in Italy ...... and I guess almost no one of you dear riders know about this local road in the north Italy....but we assure is more large than 180 HIGH WAY .....So finally the great problem in Mexico are the roads .... and tourists .... after the first travel ...in Mexico by BUS or rent a car ...change to AIR TRAVELS ... well WE have chosen a mixt travel system ...some bus ADO GL quality...some jetflight MEXICANA AIR and LITORAL AIR ..... and till now we have been able to do our travel as planned ...even if ...sometimes .... it has been quite hard ... hi!

So finally we arrived at CENCALI HOTEL **** very nice ...in the middle of a jungle of trees and very large .... park area ....Access controlled by police guard men.... luxury quality double room and breakfast enclosed in price ...60 US $ TWO people !!!!!In Italy for such price you can't find even to a ONE STAR * Hotel ...YES the price of the Hotels in Mexico are very good .... http://www.cencali.com.mx/ ...look at their WEB ..... quite extraordinary...

The usual hot warm air and being VILLAHERMOSA an area of waters and pantanos ...it is better if you wear (in the evening-night) long dresses and t-shirts .... or the local famelic mosquitos will attack you every second...hi!

Our room air conditioning was running at MAX ...with 15*C ... great the temperature difference was around ...25*C .... so outdoor 40*C at night ...unbeliavable how to sleep without ..air conditioned ???

Unfortunatly no chanche to use internet cause at hotel they close their service at 2230 and open at 0900 hours.... so not possible for me use internet.

We found channel 69 TV cable .... VENUS ...24 hours sexy movies ..... so ...good night ....

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

ola Buenas Noches Amigos de las NOCHES ...
VillaHermosa has a nice name ...but unfortunatly ..I have not found nothing of HERMOSO in VILLAHERMOSA ...may be this is cause we stay in the city just 12 hours ... but ... there are some parks ... but how stay in the park with 40*C in the shadow ???? For example the taxi metal doors resulted so hot ...you can't touch them ... I experienced so hot only in Ciudad Ojeda in Venezuela (the area near Maracaibo with Petrol under the street ground level) ..... that was 50*C and my shoes let the imprinting in the street.... OK in Villa Hermosa not so high temperatures but ...humid yes very humid ....
First we visited GRUPO ACIR in Paseo de la Ceiba 102 ...at 3rd floor ...no elevator .... (but Gerente office are at 1st floor) ..time 0945 .... well too early ...Gerente is coming at 1030 ...but after 45 minutes wait ... we realized .. Gerente was not
 interested to meet two strange people coming from Italy to see his station.... hi
570 kHz + 650 kHz + 940 kHz + MIX FM 90.10 MHz (they have nice sticker) + AMOR FM 96.5 MHz (they have also STIXs...seen many on TAXI...) ...see later what happened ....hi
So we let the ACIR place a bit ACIDS .....hi!
To pick up TAXIs in VILLAHERMOSA resulted a bit more hard than in previous towns.... usually TAXI are quite cheap in Mexico ... 20-25 $$ MEX each travel.... no taxameter.... this is 2-3 Euro each travel ...for such price in Europe you can't do a Taxi travel surely...
Usually TAXI drivers are very quiet (some one too much ...) but young Taxi drivers are more open to talk and to ask from there you are coming ... if you say Italian..soon they talk about football ... Inter, Milan, Roma, Juve ...the teams they know.... we found only 1 TAXI driver speaking in favour of the BUSH govern .... all the other 60 ...had different opinion...hi
Some Taxi driver are very kind... one gave us all the correct address of the stations we were searching for.... others called via Radio the head office to ask for correct address ...this I guess is very good .... and I may say Taxi drivers in MEXICO are very friendly ....naturally if you speak in Spanish ... and you say YO SOY ITALIANO ..... So we went to EXA FM in JUAN ALVAREZ 301 .... and we found ...closed and transferred ...but where ???? The usual Yellow Phone book paginas Amarillas (color de la Mierda ???) ...So the next
Taxi ...helped us and found the correct address ...GREAT SERVICE!!!! now EXA FM 88.50 MHz is located at : Avenida RUIZ CORTINES 1208 Fraccion OROPEZA 86030 VILLAHERMOSCA ...... station operates in // with MW 740 kHz.
The kind secretary geave us ONE !!!!!! EXA FM sticker.... sorry Roberto .... After a tentative to find Radio Formula at PAGES LLERGO 116 (this number doesn't exist !!!!!...if not on the MALEFIC paginas Amarillas de la p.... madre...que la...p...) also the street was stopped by a local workers in HUELGA !! a tipical street block of traffic....HUELGA DURA CONTRA EL GOBERNADOR LADRON !!! (on the flags put in the street).. we found by very chanche ...200 meters distant from this street block Radio Tabasco located at JOSE' MARTI 101, 86000 VILLAHERMOSA .... address OK ...station on 790 kHz + 1050 kHz ...but almost no materials ... if not a newspaper celebrating 20 anos on MW .... (edited in 2003) with many color photos ...not bad item for my collection... but sorry no stickers .... one very old on the studios door (printed in 1993...)
So we had another moment of lucky cause we asked the help of another Taxi driver to found the new address of LA MEJOR 98.30 MHz ...and he found it :
LA MEJOR 98.30 MHz ... MALECON y PASEO TABASCO , TORRE AGRISA , 2nd PISO 86000 VILLAHERMOSA..... WE GO UP ... and we found the kind secretary who geave us 4 stickers ..... finally something .... Time was running and 1200 hours yet playing from iper giant BELLS (sounds look like the ones of S.Peter in Roma !!!!) of the CATEDRAL of the Nostra Senora de Guadalupe .... the kind proctector of our travel .... so we rapidly went back to hotel ...pick up our 4 baggages and more speedy to the Bus station ..

The Bus station of VillaHermosa has one enter to go to bus and one go out for travellers arriving .... usually the PORTEURS for baggages are in the place of departures .... so we had no problems to find one (the cost is called PROPINA...and you are free to choose the value ...20 $$ MEX is usually OK for 4 baggages....)
So ...allright and still 22 minutes before departure .... so I had an idea ... to look at TAXIs with the RADIO AMOR sticker ...to ask for one to bring from the car .... CRAZY MONFERINI...may be ... but if you are a collectionist you will try all way to get the item missing... so after one attempt not good (found an old TAXI driver) I found a quite young 19 years I guess .... he first supposed I was joking but ...after having seen 100 $$ MEX money .... said OK !!! you may take it.... so I get it ...and ...Roberto was ready to make the historical moment with a photo !!!!
I guess the more rare Sticker of the travel till now ....

The Travel from VillaHermosa to Campeche resulted not so full of problems .... but quite fun ...at bus stop in a rustic restaurant called RESTAURANTE GUTIERREZ 15 km after the town of 18 de MARZO (30 minutes stop ...cause the drivers eat gratis ..cause they stop everytime there ....we saw SOME MAIALS live free in the near green grass area near the RESTAURANTE.... (MAIALS = PIGS).... this is quite rare in Italy ..... hi!!!
I had time to do a quick bandscan ..and on FM just 2 ...TWO FM stations... and on MW ... 39 !!!!! differents radio stations all Mexicans (at 1700-1730 hours local time).... so you have an idea how much is developped the MW in Mexico ... in same areas even more than FM band.... 1030 kHz from Campeche with high rock metal music....
After this .... natural food RESTAURANTE ... we had 3 more hours of driving in a low jungle free trees and green plants ... quite cloudy weather with some rainfalls...we saw also a TORNADO moving along to the coast but almost 50 km distant from us.... it was beginning with large basement ..... but luckly going to the opposite direction...
In fact Campeche and Yucatan areas are the most effected by Tornados
and Hurricanes ...the last one called Emily ...passed just 120 km north to Merida in mid july .... and went to crash in TEXAS....but demaged lot of houses in Yucatan and surely broken the balls to almost 90000 tourists in the area of Cancun and the Yucatan cost...

Our arrival time in Campeche at 2100 hours ...only 90 minutes later ..... than the scheduled .... so we arrived at Hotel Baluarte http://www.hotelbaluarte.com.mx/
Another good choose ...located on the litoranea street ...in front of the dock of Campeche ... very luxury ...and with a perfect internet service open 0700-2300 hours .....
Just few minutes after our arrival it started to rain quite heawily ... but no problem for us .... again our Saint Virgen of Guadalupe helped us .....

So next will be the Campeche tour of local radiostations ....

See you later ...que le vaja bien Senor ....
 

Finalmente ...A horita a horita .... estamos casi al dia ... Yes dear readers ... it seems thanks to this cyber cafe LA HABANA  located in MERIDA open 24 hours ... I have been able to up to date  our story travel ....

So tuesday morning we get breakfast at the nice giant hall with  buffet service of BALUARTE HOTEL ....you may wonder what is eating  Monferini ??? nothing of particular a big plate of PLATANOS, and  Ananas ... some 6-8 cakes in the cold milk (my preferred morning  drink) ...that's all folks...

Campeche is a real particular town ...old fortress on the Ocean  coast of Mexico and northern town on the coast .... it has been many  times under the fire of Pirates .... so the Spanish invasors  fortified it very well .... and this "BALUARTE" are the symbol of  the city ... and a big tourist attraction....

The city has quite interesting museums too see...but due to our  little time ... we started our radio stations visit at 0930 hours.

So we started from Grupo Acir with Presion CAMPECHE operating on  98.9 MHz and in // with MW 1280 kHz ...located at Avenida Luis  Alvarez Barret 11 CAMPECHE 24000 ...not far from our Hotel Baluarte. We got surprisely 2 stickers ...the secretary said they were printed  in 1995 ....!!!!!!!!!

Second to be seen the stations of the NUCLEO COMUNICACIONES SURESTE  located in the same building of TRIBUNA CAMPECHE a local  newspaper ...in fact we found 10 people writing with typewriters of  the 50's ..... yes TYPEWRITERS !!!! located at TAMAULIPAS 15 , Colonia Santa Ana, 24050 CAMPECHE. Very kind people ....but sorry no stickers ... we got one T-shirt  (with the joy of Roberto who is a collectionist of T-Shirts) of  Radio Amiga 100.3 MHz at the same address are other 5 stations all  operating on MW band...1320 kHz ECO DE LA MURALLAS (24 HOURS) 1430 kHz LA NUMERO UNO 1430 , 1560 kHz LA VOZ DE CAMPECHE, XEESC 820 kHz RADIO ESCARCEGA PALIZADA , XETH 1290 kHz RADIO  PALIZADA ...no way to get stickers .. not printed from lot of  years... the walls outside the building are painted very well and  Roberto took a very nice photo !!!!
After this we try to find Radio Rama studios ... and this time it  happened something really unexpected... on the MALDITAS Paginas  Amarillas we had the address : Radio Rama , Resurgimento 78 ..... we  arrived and we noted in front on the other side of the street... of  this address an antenna ... so we drinnn the door at 78 .... and an  old friendly aged woman opened ... we explained our problem and she  said ...ohh yes my sun is an amator radio station ... we started to  think he may be was related to Radio Rama .... after arrived the  lady married to the man ...we enter in the nice house on the seaside  border ...very comfortable house indeed ... and she explained his  husband was working at the University ...so not at home...but he had  nothing to do with Radio Rama .... very kind she phoned to Radio  Rama ...and so we understood... the telephon book put for 3  years !!!! this wrong address only cause in front of number 78 there  is the transmitting antennas station of the Nucleo Comunicaciones  Sureste ...who has bought the Radio Rama Group... for some reason  the telephon book let the wrong address .... imagine how many  letters went to wrong address ????
This is pure...MADNESS .... so please DO NOT UTILIZE the info in the  WEB of Mexican Paginas Amarillas...they are 80 % wrong ...
Well we stay 30 minutes in the house at Resurgimiento 78 .... and I  may say I am AMAZED for such kindness .....
We say "GRAZIE" to the kind lady and gently aged lady ... and we go to see another REAL !!!!!!!! radiostation:
1410 kHz Radio Universidad XECUA  it is located at ORQUIDEA y NARCISO S/n , COLONIA JARDINES.... quite far from the city center ...almost 8 km ... unfortunatly the gerente at this time of the year (cause the University is closed) is in holidays ... so we just found a collaborator ...and he had no permission to show the station at visitors .... however again the station has a very nice murales painted and I also saw a very old window sticker ... but no chanche to get anything.... but almost the station exist and it is operating daylight time in August.... Last to be seen Radio Mar 920 kHz XETEB .... and a sad news ...the station has been closed down some 6 monthes ago ... we saw the old building .... and even a big window sticker on one of the windows...located at Calle 53 Esquina Avenida 16 de Septiembre .... just 300 meters from our Hotel Baluarte .... So you may delete this station from your lists please....

Quite depressing situation in Campeche ...about radio stations .... we get 2 stickers and 1 T-shirt.... madre de Dios que desastre...

So back to Hotel .... and at 1400 hours we moved to Bus station to pick up another ADO BUS service to Merida...

We crossed a little the CHAPAS area and we had just a 2 hours and 30 minutes travel... no stops travel...quite good 180 High Way ...and speedy 110 km ..... at 1730 hours we arrived at the city of Merida... the city is quite in good conditions and many colonial buildings are  very nice to be seen outside... another aspect is the streets of the  center are numbered with numbers from 48 to 74 ...crossing with  numbers from 33 till 69 .... this makes easy to find streets ...

Our hotel is a Bestern Western called Hotel Maria del Carmen this WEB show the large swimming pool .... http://www.zonaturistica.com/hotel.php?id=5293 where Roberto spent some relaxing hours .... hi!!! floating in the meaddle of many "FOGLIE" of the trees ...hi!!! However the Best Western quality we tested in Canada ..in this case has been quite distant ..... for exemple the elevator remained broken for 30 minutes ...and we are at 3rd floor.... hi! On the other hand the restaurante quality is very good and we eat good food...but they don't serve ITALIAN PASTA .... hi!!!
The air room conditioner is working only at FUN AIR ....

But after all the cost of 50 $ US for 2 people I guess is a good price ....

Well this is now the up to date situation .... now is yet friday ..today we will try to visit the local Radio stations.... the report will be this evening always from this good Cyber internet point called LA HABANA RESTAURANTE.....

(they say some centuries ago here met all the pirates of the Mexican gulf !!!! hi !!!)

Buen fin de semana .... que se la pasen bien ... con mucho calor y muchas mosquitos como aca !

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Saluti dalla Terra dei Maya !
Saludos desde la tierra de los Maya !
Greetings from Yucatan the Maya historical place !
Salut les copain Maya ....

Friday 05 August has been devoted to visit the radio stations in Merida area.... sunny day on Yucatan ...but again very hot and almost up 44*C the termic sensation.... but usually I start to ..smell after 35*C ...hi. The breakfast at Bestern Western (or better the Worsen Western Hotel Maria del Carmen ...hi ! ...not only elevator problems ... but also the water is only hot ..the key door not opening well....if you want to have a renfrescant "ducha" you may forget it ...only hot water is coming out from ducha.... no ideas why ??? the air conditioned system is just FUN AIR .... the breakfast is not at buffet ... but served by Sleepings...CAMEREROS ...quite slowly .... if you call a Taxi at desk ... is look like to win at a lottery ...after 20 minutes if you are lucky...the olimpic swimmingpool is full of trees green "palmitos" went down from trees in past 3 weeks .... I guess this is sufficent ???
But after all what do you pretend for just 50 US $ ????? for 2 people in a mega suite double bads room at 3rd floor with glittering skyline view of the Merida city ???

Taxi in Merida seems to be the number one problem .... even if you call them by phonecall you may wait till 45 minutes before to see ONE coming ... no ideas why .... one arrived with yet 17 $ Mex to pay ... quite amazing.... imagine to pick up one in the street with horrible temperatures .... looklike to be in an ALTOFORNO .... here the SUN is at maximum radiation 10UV+ .... and to stand under the sun is surely dangerous... Roberto luckly had a headcover .... and usually I wait under shadow .... or in the radiostations reception with airconditioned....

So a really hot day ... We started from RIVAS GROUP ...I had with me a letter they sent to well known Giovanni Bellabarba in 2000 year... the letter signed by Chief Engineer Ing. Guillermo Farfan Cervera ... and we met him in person ... station group is located at Calle 62 N*465 entre calle 53 y 55 (need to explain .... in Merida is quite important to tell at TAXI driver there is located the address you want to visit ... inclusive the more near calles .... this is cause often number of houses are missing .... and you may loose minutes to find the exact building...)

So in may 2000 Bellabarba sent a letter to XEFC 1090 kHz ...to try to get a souvenir document for his collection (he call these documents QSLs) but in reality they have no real value of QSL reply cause he has no receiver... personally I like to collect other items from worldwide radiostations (pennants,stickers,pins,badges,keyring,t-shirt...postcards Dj...photos...) well Bellabarba enjoy TO COLLECT reply by letter or QSLcard .... surely not a polite way to do our hobby... which however is JUST AN HOBBY...surely not a WORK or a competition to get more countries verified in all LEGALS or ...sometimes illegals way as they do in the entire world ... a man called JESUS some centuries ago said..."the one who is perfect may act with a stone against the man who is doing something not good".... well I am not perfect ... but I have found useful informations from the material collected by Mr.Bellabarba .... and in this case the letter from XEFC 1090 kHz resulted very important ...cause at the guard man at the door enter (metal door ironed enter) it has been sufficent to show the letter ... and we had a great contact with the station .... Ing.Guillermo very kind said you are welcome here to see our station.. and we stay with him at his office for 1 hour !!! talking about many matters ... look like propagation, old histories... SW in Mexico ... he got a copy of PLAYDX special issue of the TAMPICO meeting ... and I geave to him a copy of Monitor Italian Magazine with broadcasting arts informations in Italy.... so he show to us a book printed in Mexico with all the commercial informations about the Mexican radio stations town by town .... look like a WRTH guide ...but only for Mexico ...a GREAT terrific book for us ... and he said "this copy is for you !!!!" so we solved the problem to find correct informations for the next stations to be seen ...even in Merida ....
So the "SOLONI" rompicoglioni (don't translate please) of the hobby listenings who has often condammed the unpolite activity of Bellabarba are SERVED ... in this case a document I got from Mr. Bellabarba permitted to meet a very kind people ...and we got a very precious source of info about the Mexican radio stations .... no more Yellow amarillas fake phone book to be utilized to find the radio stations to be seen .... but an up to date source... thanks to this book we found the existence of another group of Radio in Merida called Radio Capital (later the details).  OF CORSE EVERYONE WILL CONTINUE WITH HIS IDEAS ABOUT THIS MATTER ... but I guess the informations I will pass ...will be useful EVEN to the NEXT edition of WRTH 2006 !!!!!! or you idiots SOLONI will say ...NO THESE INFORMATIONS are not good cause you got indirectly thanks the letter you got from Mr.Bellabarba... in this case I guess YOU are not correct ...  I know ...most of you loves to have up to dated news.... don't you ???

We got many stickers from JUVEMIL 92.1 MHz (yes attention is really JUVEMIL !!! cause they are operating in // with 1000 kHz !!!) and a few from 93.7 Superstereo the other MW stations of the group are at present moment without stickers. XEFC 1090 kHz + XEQW 550 kHz + XEYW 760 kHz + XEMYL 1000 kHz + XEME 570 kHz.....

So we know now the Grupo Rivas in 2002 sold out 2 stations XEW 710 kHz and XERRF 1150 kHz .... to Capital Radio Group .... and more incredible they sold XERRF the call letters stand for RAFAEL RIVAS FRANCO !!! the founder of the FIRST radiostation in Merida in 1930 year.... no ideas why they do it .... the Capital Radio group changed 1150 kHz frequency to 860 kHz with name "LA EXPLOSIVA DE MERIDA".... and at present is CAPITAL 860 ...

We got few k-ring souvenirs and we do some photos of old mixer of the '50 ..... 55 years old !!! no more utilized ...and also the GATES original 1940 TX !!! still working....
On a Wall some photos ...one of the 1940's showing two Mariachi singers at the show of 1090 kHz which they used to perform live ...and YES ...a large cloth pennant was in the photo .... XEFC vertical call letters gold printed on violet color.... WWWOOOOWWW a real interesting photograph ... A great starting making us very happy....

Ing.Guillermo wanted to show to us how to go to visit Radio Universidad de Yucatan 1120 kHz located at Calle 60 N* 491/A con calle 57 (about 400 meters distant) the studios are located at 3rd floor of a large complex built about 100 years ago.... so each floor is very high ....

We said hallo and many thanks to Ing. Guillermo of Grupo Rivas ...and we met the collaborator of Radio Universidad de Yucatan .... the WEB is http://www.uady.mx/sitios/radio try many times cause sometimes it doesn't work properly. The station is operating with the economic support of the Yucatan State authorities. The station close at 0200 hours Mex time and open at 0600 hours Mex time. We got 2 MARCA PAGINA .... hi...no STIXs printed in past 2 years...

Next to be seen EXA FM 99.30 MHz ... a friendly police guard man make us possible to pass to the reception located at Calle 60 N*451 entre calle 49 y calle 51.... the receptionist searched for us stickers of EXA ..and found 3 !!! good ....

 From this moment the taxis strated to become very hard to be find... time o clock around 1400 hours.... the SIESTA hour ??? don't know... but after 30 minutes to find one on the street we asked one via phone in an photo shop situated in the corner street .... they kindly phoned for one for us free of charge... very kind.... indeed.

So we arrived to MEDIOS ELECTRONICOS de MERIDA , located at Calle 62 N*508 operating the FAMOUS and quite misterious CANDELA FM 95.3 MHz i // 970 kHz ...and till 5 years ago also in // 6105 kHz .... but SW are now still inactive  (so you may finally cancel from your lists..this radio station..) same group operates 930 kHz LA BARRACUDA
No chanche to get stickers ... not printed from a lot of years...

Next the big TELEVISA organisation and a real fortress ... located at Calle 60 N*385 entre calle 41 y calle 43.. again we met a friendly guard man who make us posible to pass to the receptionist section... GRUPO ACIR stations : 97.70 MIX FM + 98.50 LA COMADRE + 100.10 AMOR FM but this time bad luck .got only 2 from LA COMADRE !!!!!..they had last week a big summer show and geave out almost all materials ... so no chanche ... a real pity ..cause many taxis has the Radio AMOR sticker on the glass of the car.... hhhmmmmm another research for CrazyStixMonferin ???? Hi!!!

Another long research for a Taxi .... quite ennerving under a terrific sunny .... cooking our body ... but finally we found one, so we arrived at Calle 33 N*513 entre calle 6 y calle 8 ... a nice Colonial building white painted in 2003 .... yes the building is owned by Radio Formula group 94.5 MHz called  EXTASIS FM in // 650 kHz , also 680 kHz FORO 680 ..... indeed very strange no LOGO outdoor of the buildig.... but two big plastic with the datas of the radio statiins..the nice young receptionist answered to our questions and said the local email address to contact them is : merida@radioformula.com.mx Gerente is : Garcia Gineers.
Apart the temperatures (look like to be in Dubai city ...hi!) we met lot of very polite,kind,friendly people during our visit to the Merida stations....
So after a wait of 45 minutes a Taxi arrived ..called by secretary .... with TAXAMETER of 17 $$$ Mex running... no idea if the Taxi started from ...Ciudad de Mexico ...ha ha ha.

So we went to visit the Radio Capital group (this possible only thanks the Mexican Commercial radio book ...340 pages !!!!) we got from first station we visited today .... address is : Calle 7 N* 91 entre calle 20 y calle 22, Colonia San Antonio Cinta , 97139 Merida...
Station is operating on 710 kHz (Ex Radio Hit Mexicana 2001 !!!) and 860 kHz ( Ex 1150 kHz !!!!!!) Capital 860 kHz (EX LA EXPLOSIVA de MERIDA)
Edgar Munoz offered to us lot of news... info... frienship... and we stay at the station for 3 hours... also making a recorded interview he will put on the air in coming days... to inform their listeners about this ..strange way to do the holidays .... Visiting radio station in the world and collecting promo materials....
Power is just 1 kW on both frequency and they will be 5 kW full power from September..... no Stixs at present ; i got permission to take one with old slogan RADIO MEXICANA 710 kHz ...a rarity .... curiousely the Radio Capital 710 kHz LOGO remember the logo of RADIO CAPITAL CARACAS VENEZUELA also operting on 710 kHz .... while we were in the station studios suddenly the sky becomed DARK look like at nighttime 1545 hours... a big storm arrived ...and in 45 minutes descarged tons of water on the city ...
so we escaped from this KILOMBO.... and traffic stops cause many streets becomed ...look like RIVERS .... again thanks our kind Lady of Santa Maria de nuestra Senora de Guadalupe ...
We got a Taxi ...also in this case after hundreds of phonecalls to find a TAXI .....  no doubts to find a taxi in Merida on friday afternoon is quite a hard matter....

Sr. Edgar also told us the correct address of another station operating on FM band: Radio SOLIDARIDAD 92.90 MHz station belong to IMER Avenida Itzaes y Calle 90 , EX Hospital O'HORAN, Gerente is Miss Laura Jarque ... Cause it is a NON commercial station they are not listed in the Guide Mexican Handbook .....same goes for the University Radio stations. They also identify as Radio Yucatan ....

A very particular station we learned is existing in the town of PETO (50 km from Merida in the archeological area of Maya) is Radio LA VOZ DE LOS MAYAS on 730 kHz XEPET  with 1 kW S/Off is at 2000 hours Mex time. They have programs in Maya language .... the only one officially licensed station.

Well this picturing informations of the brodcasting media in Merida Yucatan ..do not pretend to be 100 % correct... but almost is up to date.

We arrived back to our Hotel ... and luckly the elevator worked properly... the kee opened the door ...and the water from the bath was quite cold ....

Around 1900 hours another big thunderstorm arrived on Merida with lot of Riders and Relampagos ....

After dinner we moved at Bar La Habana again ...I tested a local Yucatan dessert liquour called D'ARISTI ...very very sweet ...but not so alcoolicit is produced with the Miele of BEE.... may be too much sweet....Espresso coffe at LA HABANA bar of Merida resulted the best of our travel till now ....located at calle 59 n*311 con calle 62 .... also cyber cafe is perfect 24 hours open ... after 0100 local time no possible drink alcoolics... but an ICED Lemonade is Ok cause the Hot Air .....

Tomorrow saturday the big JUMP from Merida to Mexico City and to Acapulco by MEXICANA AIR .... so another quite thrilling day....

Hope to find another internet point open 24 hours in Acapulco...

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Arriba Arriba ...mas Arriba !
We are now in ACAPULCO the beautiful place in the Guerrero state...we arrived in time after the Jet plane travel.... started at 1145 from Merida with partly cloudy day ...the Merida Airport is little, clean, very well organized ... the Merida-Mexico City travel Mexicana AIR resulted full of passengers .... and landed with 10 minutes or laterness... this made some problems to transfer our baggages to the other flight we needed to bring to arrive in Acapulco .... just 50 minutes to change flight... from 6 gate to 21 gate ... quite a walk .. but ... I had some prevident alert ...so I keep one of the two bags with me and just sent ONE ....Roberto sent both 2 of his .... and at Acapulco arrival .... the bad surprise ...our 3 bags did not arrived .... hi!!! like in Toronto 2 years ago .... the Mexicana personnel assured the 3 bags should have arrived ......with the following flight at 1830 ...but in reality we have not yet seen them .... hi!

The Airport of Acapulco is 15 km from the city center ... and to have a taxi it costs lot of money ..... 290 $$$ MEX .... 30 Euro one way .... however the TAXI was with airconditioned ...

We choose to stay at Excalibur Hotel Avalon company .... we booked it with Expedia Italy organisation with internet .... it has been a good choose ... http://www.avalonvacations.com/Excalibur_In_Spanish/EX1.htm we got 16 floor room looking at the gulf .... it is shocking to see the view from our room first time.... and at night is even more great http://www.acapulco.com/en/hotels/avalon/

So at 1730 we go down at the private beach ...you may stay free and you get two large towels.... Roberto wanted to test the Pacific Ocean ...and went to do a bath with one of my bath cloth....she said to me the water is clean ..and not so hot temperature as in Veracruz....but in a few meters you go deeper as 2 meters.... and if it is easy enter to go out you need all your efforts .... hi! I stay under the sun ...till 1820 ...than suddenly arrived a front of black clouds and strong wind ....annoncing a typical summer tropical storm .... in 10 minutes the 3000 people on the beach ...disappeared ...hi!! like a byblic ESODO .... in a clouds sands confusion .... (however same happened the afternoon before today...so it is not a question of a personal SFIGA ...hi!!!). The sand is not thin like in Rimini ...they are little little stones ..not real sands.... but the strong wind moved them all... together ..and the sensation on your body was not so good...hiFrom the 16 floor we have seen the arrival of the tropical storm from north going to south ....

I have not yet had time to cheak the FM-AM-SW band .... but I will do tonight on the balcony .... yes we have a balcony ... from there the panoramic view  ...is ..simply ... phantastic .... thousands of lights of the many hotels and shops .... great place to be...

It seems the SS Senora of Guadalupe this time has not helped us .... but equally we are sure the missing 3 baggages will be delivered to us ....

Sunday will be relaxing day ...almost for me ...hi..Roberto will go to Airport to look at the baggage missing ....

Good Sunday ....

 

Our travel had a relax stop in Acapulco, we arrived here saturday around 1600 hours.... the flight Mexico City to Acapulco OK and in time ... but ...our 3 baggages remained in Mexico city... However we got them at midday of sunday in our magnificent Hotel Excalibur Avalon... our room at 16 floor offer a glitteing skylineview of the Acapulco gulf .... really impressive.... we are happy for this choose...
Daylight listening on FM offer only local stations ..
93.7 STEREO MEXICANA ;
94.5 LA 94.5 (MODERN MX POP INTERNATIONAL)
96.9 ESTEREO VIDA (EX LA PODEROSA)
97.7 LA NET 97.7 ; 98.5 LA NUEVA AMOR ; 99.3 EXA FM (POP MX ;
100.1 BEST FM -  LA MEJOR (ROCK RAP POP);
101.5 LA COMADRE (MX MEXICANA)
102.3 MIX FM (OLDIES POP INTERNATIONAL);
103.1 BONITA FM (LA MEJOR MUSICA DE AMBIENTE)
103.9 KE BUENA (EX ESTEREO VIDA)
105.5 EXTASIS DIGITAL (TALKS & MUSIC SONGS MODERN MEX)
....Program talks phone typical of Sunday "QUE ES EL TRAVACO" the program you need on sunday

On Medium Wave
550 RADIO FORMULA  ; 600 LA COMADRE //101.5
710 LA NUEVA AMOR in //98.5 ; 750 Radio Sensacion ;
810 EXTASIS DIGITAL  in //105.5
Heard at 0845 ARGUMENTATIONS : "COMO LANZAR A  BOOMERANG" "DIFERENCIAS ENTRE BOOMERANG and FRISBI ...."
950 Radio FELICIDAD (ROMANTIC SONGS CRYING LOVERS)
1030 Radio ROMANTICA (with Cuban Song of CUMPAI SECONDO)
1070 Radio BONITA in //103.1 (Songs of desesperates lovers)
1340 SONIDO 13-40 (Romantic songs)
1400 MARIACHI ESTEREO "LA TREMENDA" (POPULAR SONGS)

So you see at daylight not so much to listen to.... better at night .... I had some listenings at 0200 in the night on the balcony .... 6115 Radio Union Lima fromPeru running 24 hours with good signal in the DEGEN 1103 ... also got Radio Victoria LIMA PERU in PORTUGNOL !!!! telling about DEUS SALVATION .... (not heard // 9720).... most of the stations close at 0000 local time

I will try bit earlier...

We spent the sunday at the Hotel private beach .... the sun 10UV+ really so burning ...so Roberto spent 2 hours in the sea... look like in Liguria ...you go deeper just 5 meters ...and the water is warm and very clean compared to Italy....

The private beach is open 0900-1800 ...you have bar service ....but lot of free sellers will persecute you the entire day ... trying to sell everything...plastic GALEONS... crystal birds and delfini fish .... clothes.... cakes to eat... everykind of food... icecream...drinking.... it's impossible to log here all the items we have seen...even GIANT AMACA for Jeff White use .... a guard man controlled the happenings on the beach ... but no swimming guard man ....the water is full of motor ships .... rent to tourists... and also transports to the ISLETA in the meaddle of the gulf....

Ufortunatly on the beach there is no BAD chair ...only normal chairs... and naturally palmitos to be saved from the burning sun....

No doubts we are used to stand in Italian beach ...a bit more organized...
Well tomorrow we will see the ACAPULCO Radio ...

Muchos saludos desde el PARAISO del Pacifico
 

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Hola Amigos !!
This is our second week in Mexico, and today monday we have visited the Acapulco Radio stations.
Yesterday evening the internet multimedial office closed at 2300 hours so I had to stop suddenly my report ... the multimedial room is air conditioned... and with 3 PC and a FAX .... it cost 30 $$$MEX for 30 minutes .... but it is the best way to do internet cause you don't need to go out .... the temperature in Acapulco is 25-27*C day and night no difference ...humidity sensation is maximum... We started our visit at 0930 .... the TAXI are mostly WOLFAGEN old MAGGIOLINO DUDU ... but there are also TAXI de PRIMERA .... the cost of a ride is 20-30 $$$MEX .... but be careful if you need to take the TAXI from Air Port or to go AIR port the price is 290 $$$ MEX !!!!!!

Yesterday evening after our dinner buffet 120 $$$ MEX each  (you may eat till your estomac blow up !!!!! ) I eat Fettuccine alla panna and Spagnetti Bolognese (both very well cooked) just ...to start ...hi

The worse Tropical storm arrived on ACAPULCO .... so much rain from our room it was not possible to see the light of the gulf ....some tree has been put down by the fury of the elements.... hundreds of lightnings-relanpagos .... really a spectacular show .....

First to be seen Radio Rama Group.... located in a little Calle de la Paz 190 , Edificio Nick Centro, 2*piso.... we arrived in 15 minutes from Our Hotel AVALON ...taking the Avenida Miguel Aleman which cross all the coast .... (so we saw some trees put down by the Tropical Storm) ....

Radio Rama Group has many stations
MARIACHI ESTERO 1400 kHz + RADIO SENSACION 850 + Super 95 94.5
ESTERO VIDA 96.9 + ESTEREO MEXICANA  93.7
EXCTASY DIGITAL  810 + DOBLE W RADIO 1030

We met the people of the Advertising department , Quintin Abazca show us the studios and kindly let us to take some photos, he also geave to us the Calcomanias of Estereo Vida 96.9 and the ones of Super 95  on 94.5  We other have not been printed .... but the logos on the studios are very nice.

if you want to contact the station : quintica.fanes@hotmail.com

Second to be seen Grupo Radio Acir located more to north at Avenida La Suiza 19 , Frecc Las Playas , Codigo 39390. Laura Aguilera Gerente de Operaciones , very kind lady offered to us friendly informations about Radio La Comadre 600 kHz & 101.5 + Bonita FM 1070 kHz & 103.1 + Radio FELICIDAD 600 kHz, Mix FM 102.3 MHz + LA NUEVA AMOR 98.50  & 710 kHz. At the moment they have MIX FM & LA COMADRE stickers ...the ones of MIX FM are big and very nice !!!
email contact : laguileraf@grupoacir.com.mx
This year ACIR is 40 years old !!!

So we continued to north of la grande Avenida Miguel Aleman we saw the Pentagonal old fortress build by the conquistadores Spanish to defend the city from Pirates... Acapulco has been for many years the sea port for the ships coming from Filipinas, ans Asia ... and all the precious material from Acapulco have to be transferred to Veracruz crossing the country via Mexico City ..... cause the Yankees had not yet cut the PANAMA channel.

So we arrived at MVS RADIO located at Calle Gaviotas 35 Fraccion Las Playas 39390 Acapulco .... they have a 3 floors home ... old place of defuncted STEREO REY -GLOBO Brasil organisation.
They have 2 modern Music radio stations, EXA FM 99.3 & BEST FM 100.1 (not becomed La Mejor as in the cities we have visited) both play good modern songs and in the Acapulco area are listened more by young people ....
Jorge Mora Aranda the Director Artistico kindly show to us the studios at 3rd floor (all modern equipments) and geave us 2 T-shirts of EXA FM and the stickers of EXA FM (never printed the ones of BEST FM)

At 1145 we went back to the hotel cause we had to leave the room....

Now is sunny and very humid outside ...but inside the multimedios room of the hotel is 15*c and nice ..... hi

Our flight to go Guadalajara AERO LITORAL is scheduled at 1535 so we have time ....

I think Acapulco is a real commercial turistic place ... there are hundreds of Hotels ... so you don't need the luxury and chaotic Avalon Excalibur (to take the elevator is always a fighting like in the stories of the Round Table in UK ...hi)
But if you search for a panoramic Hotel ...well you need this one...

So see you in Guadalajara ..... after the ...flight over the Colima volcano .....

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Hola ....otra vez ententando enviar este mensaye .....
Hallo dear friends .... I am trying again to send my message..first tentative has been lost cause the PC suddenly stopped to work at the moment to send the message ...I guess is a LINE problem ..probably the Hotel Plaza Genova utilize a Cable connection like in Veracruz....  I try again....

Today Monday 8 August we had a good morning visiting the Acapulco radiostations.... we comeback to the AVALON EXCALIBUR HOTEL and  at 1200 hours to leave the room...for 1300 hours...usual total caos at the lobby ...many many people .... but in 30 minutes we get the bill...hi..
So after 1 hour session at Internet room... we went to the Airport ... the TAXI ...a normal one  this time costed only 200 $$$ Mex ... and we had also the time to stop at the office of Radio Formula located in the main Avenida Escenario 300 metrs after the famous Restaurante CASANOVA.
But no luck ...at Radio Formula in Acapulco they don't have promotional items ... so we continued to the Airport ....

From the city there is also .... a bus service starting from the ZOCALO in the Avenida Miguel Aleman ... it costs 30 $$$ MEX .... but it needs 90 minutes and no air condioned service ... May be good standard for Giocchino Stallone Travel Agency service in the Marsala area....

The Acapulco Airport is little,but very modern and with lot of shops duty free.... the flight AIR LITORAL utilize old service plane 2 motors of the IInd World War ... but it is okay... we were in 16 people in 32 places.... and it is the only connection direct ACAPULCO-GUADALAJARA. We started in time with 27*C and we arrived in time with cloudy and 22*C ... Guadalajara is 2500 meters above sea level....My efforts to see the Volcano in the Colima area vanished cause loof clouds .... a pity indeed.... the Volcano was reported to be active with smokes ....

The Taxi from Airport to the city center cost 170 $$ MEX ... and took about 30 minutes cause lot of traffic in the city ... but finally we arrived .... the Hotel is 6 floors ...we have room at 5 floor...butnothing to see outside the windows... cause more high building all around.... the Hotel has buffet dinner service for 100 MEX $$$ (plus Liquor and coffee costs) Suddenly 30 minutes after our arrival it started to rain (no storm) and temperature went down to 17*C .... So we had buffet dinner... Spaghetti Carbonara .... very good taste .... and after a Cognac glass and a burned Moka Espresso coffee... wearrived at the commercial room ...open 24 hours..with 2 PC and a FAX... but this CABLE connection ....

Tomorrow it will be and hard day to visit the many stations in the city ....

Good night ...may be if this PC will works ... hi!!!

 

Hola Sintoniza Radio Gallito 760 AM ... Chicchiricchi!!!Hi today tuesday 09 August it has been our best day in our Mexican adventure.... we has been able to visit almost all the existing Radio FM-AM stations in Guadalajara ... all by Taxi driving...one to the other....
Wake up at 0800 with breakfast buffet at Hotel Bestern Western Genova Plaza .... for me some Ananas and PLATANOS !!!! some round cakes with lot of milk....for Roberto even more ... homelet , tee green , some cakes and a toast ... but the buffet was more large of plates .... but we don't use to eat so much as usually does of friend Jeff White (200 kilos)....

Party cloudy ...but no rains clouds.... even if predictions aqnnonced storms in the afternoon...

Our first station group DK RADIO of RADIO RAMA located in AVENIDA LAZARO CARDENAS 3126 , Colonia CHAPALITA, 45040 GUADALAJARA stations 1250 XEDK RADIO + 1340 Radio Ranchito (musica pujante) ....but surprise ...at that address are only the STUDIOS ...the marketing advertising is in another place ....

So we moved to our second Group to be seen :
ACIR GRUPO located in : AVENIDA LAZARO CARDENAS 2820 , 44520 GUADALAJARA

Stations : 93.1 LA NUEVA AMOR + 850 RADIO BONITA + 1370 SUPER DEPORTIVA .... our efforts obteined just ONE sticker from LA NUEVA RADIO AMOR.....

So we visited the commercial service of RADIO RAMA GROUP... located in Avenida de los Ninos Heroes 1555, 6*piso, oficina 602, Edificio PLAZA TOLSA COLONIA MODERNA 44100 GUADALAJARA. we met the Arq. LORENZO ARCOS GARCIA factotum of SOL RADIANTE  operating on 1010 kHz and producer of program CAMALEON... he first supposed we were a printing factory of stickers comimg from Italy to do an offer ....HA HA HA Explained the QUI PRO QUO .... he very kind geave us 2 PHANTASMAGORIC stickers of his program ....if you want to contact him the email is : elcamaleon1010@hotmail.com  the sticker is an idea of Lorenzo ...and I may say is a real artistic sticker really unusual !!!!

Need to say at same address used to be till 2 years ago the Radio Formula group ... and so they moved to another place !!!!

Next we visited with another young taxi driver very kind and aqlso informed about the fm stations activities :
UNIDIFUSION located at AVENIDA DE MEXICO 3150 , 44670 GUADALAJARA stations : Radio Metropoli 1150  + LA BUENA ONDA 101.9

Radio VITAL 1310 (with informations about the good health of our body) (it's a quite new station) + Formula Melodica 560 & // with 94.9MHz We waited for some 30 minutes for the Directora de Mercadotecnica de la emisora, she kindly explained the stations of this group has programs for the family. Mrs YOLANDA HERNANDEZ , email : hesy58@hotmail.com
Some year ago she made possible a reply by letter to globetrotter Italian Dxer BEPPE GORNATI listening them from USA in south part of California.
We got finally some nice stickers.

Next we arrived at TELEVISA RADIO group located at Avenida Ruben Dario 158, cOLONIA Circumvallacion Vallarta, 44680 GUADALAJARA WITH FOLLOWING STATIONS :
LA CONSENTIDA 820 kHz  +   KE BUENA  97.1  + RADIO MARIA 920 kHz  (tambien en Mexico Radio Maria ahi ahi aaai LOS 40 Principales 102.7(mismo estilo de la enisora de Espana.
1190 kHz DOBLE WE and 760 Radio Gallito (a station with pure music sounds for true campesinos....
Jose Luis Perez Gonzales nos atendio tan bien and with Italian language..."BENVENUTTI !!!!" in the 70´s he lived in Perugia at the University of Languages ..... he knows everything of the station address.... so we spent 90 minutes n a TOURBILLON of meetings with of the staff,nanager .... ALL !!! this time so great success cause...jose Luis got a Radio Vaticano sticker ..so he started to say I was coming from Radio Vaticano.... really fun indeed. He show great interest to the the listening hobby... and I show a copy of special issue celebrating the Tampico Mexican meeting.... So we met the most important people at TELEVISA GUADALAJARA the Director !!!!
Francisco Cabanas Soria  his email :fcabanass@televisa.com.mx
In one of the offices we saw an old pennant FLAG of 820 kHz LA CONSENTIDA of the 60´s.... and we took a photo souvenir....We got also T-shirt 40 principales very nice .....and stickers of some of the radio stations operating.
A very friendly meeting and thanks to Jose Luis kindness ...and really happy to meet two Italian collaborators to VATICAN RADIO ...I given many Radio Vatican stickers and also special souvenirs stamps of Padre Pio Monastere .....

We continued our visit and we arrived at MAXIMA FM 89.10. The station is located at JUSTO SIERRA 2435 , Colonia LADRON DE GUEVARA , ...many TAXIs has the sticker on the back glass window.... it was 1300 hours and unfortunatly the lanchtime interval 1300-1500 hours... so at MAXIMA FM we found the guard man ...looking at us with great suspicious ..we were ..may be gangsters... or "Carlos" friends ??? But inaspectately he bring to us some MAXIMA FM stickers !!! great

So we moved at RADIO FORMULA new address : AVENIDA MEXICO 3370 PLAZA BONITA, LOCAL SUBANCIA "P" 45120 GUADALAJARA .... 790 CADENA FORMULA DOS (new name !!!)  + 1230 !!!! (EX 1220 ) CADENA FORMULA UNO  + 1280 CADENA FORMULA  TRES ..... they are in this place from 2002 ...so get the information we suspected ...RADIO RAMA has almost bought RADIO FORMULA in the entire country and it is reorganizing these 3 stations....
Sr. Manuel de Jesus CRUZ (Locutor y Productor) helped a lot explaining some FM-AM changes in Guadalajara ...and telling us the story of 1280 kHz for many years known as RADIO MORENA 1280 kHz ....I must say so kind people is hard to find if you visit Italian radio stations ....unfortunatly.

Next to be visited another big organisation GRUPO RADIO MEXICO located at AVENIDA HIDALGO 2055 ESQUINA TOMAS DE GOMEZ,COLONIA ARCOS SUR, 44500 GUADALAJARA.
station operating : 1120 kHz LA POPULAR AM XEUNO (new name!!) + PLANETA 94.7 and Z 107.5   both are modern music stations...
The receptionist very kind offered to us stickers and BEAUTIFUL T-shirts of LA Z FM ...printed on both sides... red black ... the logo of the ZED is same of the one in EEUU ...
Another good result ... our bag started to be full of many good souvenirs....

But unfortunatly the Bonanza stopped ... we visited Radio Capital 1410 kHz  and at 1515 hours is not good time the Manager was at lunch time with his crew.... Gregorio Preciado so we given to the guard man the Radio Capital sticker of the Italian network as souvenir... still not printed stickers at Radio Capital group .... They are located in Avenida Francia 1783 , Colonia Moderna, Sector Juarez 44190 GUADALAJARA.

One matter about street numbers... some times it may happen the numbers are not in order... this is cause the burocracy in Mexico is high... and some factories doesn't want to change numbers ...if new buikldings are built up in same street.... so often the TAXI ability is very important.... we utilized 16 TAXISTS and only one "canuto" viejito with a crashtrashcar resulted unable to use his bread ...cause totally inexistent....all the other good and collaborative.... this is good and important if you are in a big time hurry...

Next we had a tentative at Grupo PROMOMEDIOS... located at Avenida Mariano Otero 3405 Fraccionamento Verde Valle 45060 GUADALAJARA.... but nothing to do ...the "encargado de relaciones" not present cause lunch time ....
Stations of this group : 880 LA TRIPLE AAA  + 1040 RADIO MUJER + 92.3 FIESTA MEXICANA + FACTOR 91.50  + Millenium 105.1 ....some of them has stickers ...so we agree with the GUARD MAN (very kind and friendly) to visit them again tomorrow morning....

Next we visited an independent station SUPER STEREO 100.30 MHz belonging to GRUPO IMAGEN ...located at AVENIDA UNION 162 PISO 10, DESPACHO 1003 , COLONIA AMERICANA, 44140 GUADALAJARA.... the station has been active for 30 years ...and is 5 year at this place... located at 10 floor is the the most high office of a Radio .... surely the team of Super Stereo has been used to know the earthquakes cause 10 floor is very high .... The Production Director Ricardo Mejia Rosas is very interested to organize concerts live so if you want you may contact him at email : ricardo@superstereo.fm He permitted to me to pick up from a book the large rectangular 2001 sticker for my collection...

We moved with another Taxi to see Radio NUEVA ERA GROUP located in AVENIDA PABLO CASALS 567 ,Colonia PRADOS PROVIDENCIA , 44670 GUADALAJARA.... at this place are located 89.9 MAGIA DIGITAL 99.5 ROMANCE FM (EX STEREO JUVENTUD) new name from 2005 + 700 DIAL 700 and 1070 RADIO JUVENTUS XESP ....we met by chanche a nice DJ of MAGIA  and she appreciated the Italian Stickers and she geave to us many from MAGIA .... his name Miss VERONICA FAMOSO RODRIGUEZ .... she wanted to express her pleasure with 2 friendly KISS .... and Roberto said (ohh yes in Italy we do so ....and in FRANCE they do 3 kiss ...) I suppose Roberto remained .... a bit STRANAMORE to see Miss Veronica 34 years old and ...blonde hairs.... Veronica collect stickers of radio stations worldwide ...you may contact her to email verofam71@yahoo.com.ar  (not MEX!!!!)

The next tentative .... did not given good results... ESTEREO 99 on 98.7 MHz ...Avenida Salado Alvarez ,Sector Hidalgo, 44650 GUADALAJARA ...we arrived and .... a voice under black glass said "ESTAMOS SERRADOS A LA TARDE" "SI QUIERES VISITENOS A LAS 0900-1300 manana......OK ..we will try this one tomorrrow morning....

So finally we arrived at EXA FM 101.1 and BEST FM 95.5 of MVS MULTIMEDIOS GROUP ..... located at AVENIDA NOVELISTAS 5199 ESQUINA CARLOS DICKENS, JARDINES VALLARTA, 45110 GUADALAJARA... We got 4 EXA STIXS and ONE !!!! BEST FM window sticker...sorry no one for ROBERTO...
This MVS stations are a bit depressing for us... rarely they geave up STIXs ...but cars in the city are full of them .... ????? WHY ???

Next another "DARK STATION" Senal 90 on 90.7 .... Located at AVENIDA MEXICO 2289 / 2 , 44100 GUADALAJARA .... we driinnnn the ring...and behins a plastic black curtain a voice (look like the one of DARK MAN ) said "NO HAY NINGUNO" "PASE MANANA POR LA MANANA"  I guess such radio stations are a real BASURA .... but in every big town unfortunatly there are and you can't do anything...

We closed our first day of NO STOP VISITING stations in GUADALAJARA with RADIO UNIVERSIDAD 1045.3 MHz located at UNIVERSIDAD  DE JALISCO in AVENIDA HERIQUE DIAZ DE LEON, ESQUINA VALLARTA..... but a bad surprise ... the building is closed for summer holidays...so no possible to enter... in fact the station play non stop music ...

So at 1800 hours we went to the new BUS station of the city ...located on the way to go to AIRPORT ...the TAXI cost 80-90 $$$ MEX .... we booked 2 tickects for Puerto Vallarta for tomorrow wednesday 1415 hours.... the Bus station is very modern, there are bath service for 3 $$$ MEX...the coffee cost 3.5 $$$MEX .... and there is also a place you may put your baggages to be locked safely.
The Taxi driver to come back told us also other interesting informations a bus ride cost 5 $$$ MEX , the 1 liter benzina for car (fuel) cost 0.5 Euro per liter ....

Look like the day before at around 1845 an hurricane started on the city ..with rain and thunderstorm... the streets in few minutes becomed rivers and the traffic collapsed... but our Taxi driver so good arrived to our Hotel ...

OHHH what a movie day .... many happenings ... many unespected things.... finally Guadalajara is a big city with 15000 TAXI !!!!

Tomorrow morning we will visit remaining stations...
 
Good night !

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

QUE CALOR .......MADRE DE DIOS !!!!!!!
Por fin puedo compartir nuestras experiencias .....

Hello !!!! after 2 days I may re strat our travel story,in fact the Hotel Rosita is located ina very nice place.... his SUITE ROOM is very comfortable ...but ...but the internet service stop to work at 2330 ......and so no possible to may send the message ....same the following morning .... luckly now we are in MODERN Hotel BEST WESTERN MORGAN FREEMAN (real name!!) and it is equipped with two PC .... working very well (touch of my balls....ha ha ha) and FREE OF CHARGE !!! GRATIS !!!! 24 hours....great service.

But pls first let me talk aboutour second day in GUADALAJARA...After the strong AGUACERO de la tarde del lunes ....monday evening Hurricane .... we arrived at Hotel GENOVA PLAZA BEST WESTERN just 5 minutes after he started ...and the streets around hotel yet starting to be little ...rivers....hi!!!
Tuesday morning the sky resulted a bit cloudy ....but graduallysunshine and sunpower +10Mv ... Guadalajara is 1500 mt above sea level (sorry for my precedent wrong information) so look like to be at ABETONE in the Appennini in Italy.... but clima quite humid.We started our visit to GRUPO PROMOMEDIOS (see details in 18 message)we arrived yesterday too late....BUT ...Don Armandothe guard man ..said the Gerente de Promociones did not yet arrived (0945hours) ... we patiently wait ...30 minutes at the reception.... but no luck...a tentative with the Reception...did not worked ... so we concluded  GRUPO PROMOMEDIOS is not interested to meet Italian people ... not in th afternoon.... not inthe morning ....hi!!A pity they operate RADIO MILLENIUM 105.1 MHz the second classic music radio station in GUADALAJARA....

Next to try again :SENAL90 on 90.7 MHz ...we found at ground level a lady washing the enter steps ....(better say FLOODING the steps...) and at First floor a LADY ...doing gardening of her own... and she said ...goupstair please ....so finally at second floor ...we found a very old man ... looking to an "HOMBRE DE SENALE" but very kind and very surprised two Italians  did know about his belowed radiostation he started in 1979 ... his office with lot of medals, prizes for programs...but sorry  no  stickers ...last  printed in 1997 ... and no visit cards ...no letter heads .... the station is no stop music ...May be we are the last visitors ....

So we moved with an old TAXI driver.... (beware if possible of OLD TAXI DRIVERS) often they are a bit ...KUKUUU.... so our taxi driver put our bodies at number 1658 of VALLARTA AVENIDA ...instead the 1458 as written on the paper we geave to  him at the boarding of his MACILENT taxi.... so we bring another one...and we arrived at big building of 8 floors .... soon relaxed ...to see the logo of Radio Canal 58 580 kHz.... but the wall enter door ...was spranghed ...ohhhh JESUS (as they say in EEUU...)  a paper said please enter other corner of the buildin .... the enter low down  for parking .... ok we do it ...so we needed to keep the elevator to go at first floor .... but ..we suddenly arrived at 8 floor .... back down.... we try again...  this time we get ...7 floor .... MAD ELEVATOR· #@#@#¬~@|#~?¬?¬?~#~@#~HA HA HA HA ..... so we opted for near floor 2 ... OK we got it ...back by steps to first floor ...surprise ...no elevator stop .... hi!
But can you really believe ....RADIO GUADALAJARA has moved !!!! 30 days before .... to another place .... this informationwe got from a KIND Carpintero still ...demoliscing the walls of the studios ....
So we got new address :
Radio ABC 1440 kHz (ex Radio Guadalajara) and Radio Canal 58  580 kHz  are C/o EL PERIODICO EL OCIDENTAL located at CALZADA INDEPENDENCIA SUR 324, Colonia Centro, 44100 GUADALAJARA.
This information is good for WRTH edition 2006.
 More or less 300 meters from our HOTEL PLAZA GENOVA..... really incredible ....
So we finally found it....both stations are operating at 0600-0100 hours local time (UTC -5) ...and ABC RADIO 1410 has got new call letters : XEABCJ (Ex XECCC).... the studios are still under works ... so no stickers yet printed for Radio ABC... but we got some of the old CANAL 58 logo.... after almost an odisseya...hi....

Time was running so we decided to visit the Jalisco Municipal Radio Television called "SISTEMA JALISCIENSE DE RADIO Y TELEVISION" they are located ina big building at AVENIDA CONSTITUYENTES 21, Nucleo Agua Azul,44190 GUADALAJARA.
No problem to enter,no control, no gorillas guard man (like in Spain)...welcome... at first floor we met Maestro Jose' Gorostiza Ortega (Director de la radio) very kind, very friendly.... he dedicated 30 minutes to our visit ...showing the studios (630 kHz RADIARTE  and 96.30 MHz Radio Sistema Jalisciense ) he geave tous a paper info with the story of the station celebrating 60 years...on MW. I given to him the report made by Adrian Petersen about the SW stations in Mexico (a great work!!!) and he said he really has been searching for such informations... We got some papers painted and with the station logo...

So this concluded our pleasant stay in Guadalajara ..a great city with many radio stations... almost all very kind and friendly... you know there are always some exceptions.... may be nexct time YOU will be there ...you will have more lucky than qwe had.... but remembe open office is usually 0900-1300 and 1500-1900 .... but not fixed..

We had time to be back at good confort Hotel ...PLAZA GENOVA ... we really suggest to utilize it... the restaurant is GREAT !!! they have SPAGHETTI CARBONARA ...SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE .... SPAGHETTI Alla ARRABBIATA ....really  like to be ITALY ...

At 1425 our BUS for direct ride to PUERTO VALLARTA started ... expected time toarrive at 1830 ... but do not forget to add ONE HOUR !!! yes the time in PUERTO VALLARTA is one hour more respect GUADALAJARA ... BUS PRIMERA PLUS has confortable large chairs...but the problem this time has been caused by the fact one woman passenger needed tobe pickup ...on the CINTURON  (the round high way which circle the city) and the driver ... for 3 times ...had to find her .... very strange system...which cause almost 45 minutes of laterness...
We climbed 3 mountains... (no exists galleries in the MEXICAN roads)and we had also stop 34 Km before Puerto Vallarta .... so we arrived a bit cooked ... dryied...and Roberto "furent" cause for 6 hours he did not had possibility to smoke a cigarillo .... hi

more will follow sooner

HASTA LA VISTA COMANDANTE !
 

So we arrived in Puerto Vallarta at 2005 hours... quite ..bored and even a bit nervious ..... soon by TAXI to HOTEL ROSITA ... this is a *** stars FAMILIAR hotel managed by Sr. JORGE de la TORRE and his 52 familiar components ... it is the only Hotel which do not require Credit card for reservations... youmay do it by email... The Hotel has many rooms looking at the sea 45 $$$MEX ... some BIG GIANT SUITES  at 90 $$ MEX the attracting WEB PAGE is OK
http://www.hotelrosita.com/
details :
Hotel Rosita
Address:
Paseo Díaz Ordaz # 901
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México;
C.P. 48300
Toll free Mexico 01 800 326 10 00
Toll free USA: 1-877-813-6712

E Mail:
sales@hotelrosita.com

I don't want to doadvertising but .... if you search an Hotel with swimming pool, quiet restaurant inside opentill 2300... and good place to try MW from WEST COAST EEUU ...this is yours...

We needed to  stay one night ...so we had the SUITE 2 ... great looking of the bay ... with  many relampagos (riders) on the far  frontside of the large gulf of Puerto Vallarta ...manytimes visited by Pirates for sone centuries.... now BIG FERRIES or GIANT EEUU ships are arriving here ...tostop some days onthe way to ACAPULCO..

Indeed the coastials road on the PACIFIC coast are a disaster ...and oftenit is sufficenta strong AGUACERO ... to make climb anhill ..like at Km47 before Puerto Vallarta toloose 50 minutes ....

After the dinner ...the only strange has been to see  3 little ARANOS -LUCERTOLA onthe wall corner near our table .... hi...I tried to do Internet ...cost 15 $$$ MEX for 1 hour .... but suddenly at 2330 it stopped to work... nothing todo ... same situationinthe morningat 0800 hours .... ok... may be onlyjust a question of unlucky moment ....

Television offered channel 69 ...VENUS TV ..but naturally scrambled and ...with a black mascherade on...hi .... really unusual... hi

However we were so tired we soon sleep inthe giant suite ... 3 beds for each one of us to sleep...hi !!!!

At 0600 hours I wake up and I doa MW Band scan... utilizing as SOURCE the one done by famous Dxer Don Moore ...  done in november  2001 in  Guadalajara town... very useful WEB:  http://donmoore.tripod.com/patesounds/mexilog.htm
 

Well you need to image .... 0545 hours... stilldark... the Palmitos of the Hotel Rosita with a breaze wind from the internal cost ... some PICHU birds ..chirping ... the bay of Puerto Vallarta with his many colors lights .... and some relampagos in the far north ... and me in the balcony at first floor ...tryng to hear EEUU MW stations ....

570 EE station CALIFORNIA ??? + MEX XETJ
610 EE station UNID + 2 MEX ...XEBX +???
680 KNBR SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA stroooongggg
690 UNID EE ,FRANK SINATRA oldies .... "6-90 oldies" ...WHICH ONE ??
710 UNID EE TALKNEWS KIRO SEATTLE?????? +MEX XEMP
720 UNID EE SPORTS
740 2 TX KTRH HOUSTON TEXAS + another EEUU in EE news
760 UNID EE KFMB SANDIEGO??? possible ??? no id
770 UNID EE ROCKMUSIC EEUU KKOB ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO ?? POSSIBLE
800 RADIO CANON CIUDAD JUAREZ MEXICO s/on at 0600 hours full id
810 KGO SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA strooooonnnggggggg
820 WBAB FORTH WORTH TEXAS  over/under XEBA GUADALAJARA
830 WCCO MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA over/mixed with 2 MEX
840 UNID EEUU talks in SS TEXAS ???
850 KOA DENVER COLORADO ....stroooonnnnggggg over GUADALAJARA
860 UNID EEUU sport news ....WHICH ONE ????
950 UNID EE NEWS TALKS UNDER MEX STRONG...may be KJR SEATTLE ???
970 UNID EE EEUU ??? UNDER XEJ CHIHUAHUA
1070 KNX LOS ALGELES  over !!!! GUADALAJARA
1100 KFAX SAN FRANCISCO RELIGIUS TALKS  under MEX
1150 UNID EE EEUU poor under MEX
1200 WOAI SAN ANTONIO TEXAS stroooonnnggggg !!!!
1530 KFBK SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA news over/under 2 MEX
1550 UNID EE NEWS SPORTS very very weak....
1620 KSMH WEST SACRAMENTO RELIGIOUS
1660 KRZI WACO TEXAS sports ?????  TENTATIVE
1700 KKLF SHERMAN TEXAS relay KLIF DALLAS TEXAS

But at 0715 hours the fade out started soprobably I missed other YANKEES TXs

Not bad location indeed to try TEXAS and CALIFORNIA .....

next will be Puerto Vallarta pleasant visit to local AM-FM stations

Good listenings ....

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HI !
Dxer GREG HARDISSON living in LOS ANGELES has these suggestions about my MW BANDSCAN from PUERTO VALLARTA :

Some speculation here:
 570 EE station CALIFORNIA ??? -- Probably KLIF in Dallas, Texas
 610 EE station UNID -- Likely KNML Albuquerque, NM; possibly KAVLin Calif.
 690 UNID EE ,FRANK SINATRA oldies .... "6-90 oldies" ... --XETRA Tijuana, BC,serving So California
 710 UNID EE TALKNEWS KIRO SEATTLE?? -- No way; probably KGNC Amarillo, Texas
 720 UNID EE SPORTS -- Probably KDWN, Las Vegas
 740 2 TX KTRH HOUSTON TEXAS + another EEUU in EE news--either KRMG Tulsa, or KCBS San Francisco
 760 UNID EE KFMB SANDIEGO??? possible ??? -- Yes! -- Or could be KTKR San Antonio, Texas
 770 UNID EE ROCKMUSIC EEUU KKOB ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO ??-- I believe the station XEZA in Los Mochis, Sin. has an EE Rock format, with SS anncmts.
 790 UNID EE CALIFORNIA ???? -- Possibly KNST Tucson

GREG HARDISON, Los Angeles

Indeed very kind from Greg these informations !!!
 
After a breakfast with a MARIACHI true singer with guitar 0845 in the morning .... very unexpected.... hi... and a failure tentative to do internet .... sorry no line... @##@\|\@@###@@||| at 0930 arrived at Hotel my good friend IVAN LOPEZ ALEGRIA , of the NAYARIT DX CLUB...with his JETTA super car.... so we started the visit to the radio stations of Puerto Vallarta ....

First Radio EXA 99.90 MHz  located at super luxury HOLIDAY INN HOTEL ***** PLUS address : EXA , C/o HOLIDAY INN, BLVRD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENSIO Km 3,5 ,PUERTO VALLARTA 48333..... just to enter it resulted quite hard.... we passed the car guard control, he took notice of car plate ...after parking ... we go to the main reception.... here they said...for visitors you must pass on the back enter .... ok... we valked 300 meters and we found another guard contol with pistols... we show our documents... we got a pass label ... after some steps up...steps down ...we arrived at kitchen internal workers... we do one more floor... up into the gardens...a little swimming pool..the palestra ...for body building resurrection..of the fat yankees .... may be a good idea for our friend Jeff White to visit this Hotel?? ..another pass with garden ... we finally exausted ...hi... arrived ... and a kind secretary ... geave us the stickers .... BINGO!!!!! so we does the back itinerary .... underground HOLIDAY INN ... undersclosed to usual tourists... hi

We go to pick up a friend of IVAN living in PUERTO VALLARTA ... he is part of an orchestral group Miguel Romero he is a great lover of melodic songs of Italy ... Massimo Ranieri, Toto Cutugno, Laura Pasini.. so if you have CD or WEB pages informing about this music style pls contact him : migueromero57@hotmail.com

So all together we visited GRUPO PROMOMEDIOS ,located in the big MARINA SHOPCENTER ...BOULEVARD FRANCISCO MEDINA ASCENSIO Km7,5 ,PLAZA MARINA ,LOcal 10,1*Piso. COLONIA MARINA,VALLARTA 48300 PUERTO VALLARTA.
590kHz LA EXPLOSIVA ....first MW station in the area ... very friendly the general manager offered a very good real T-shirt with big logo....the station has no stickers in this moment... they have 2 big big big pennants cloth standing at the reception...we tookthe photo.... (2 differents models) ..... indeed very friendly...and after having meet the DJ we understood why is called LA EXPLOSIVA .... the DJ is a real great voice and he has a true spirit able to wake upeven a dead !!!!!!
http://www.pmp.com.mx/radio.html
 After so great visits ...we continued with GRUPO ACIR ,located at PASEO DE LAS GAVIOTAS 198 ,COLONIA LAS GAVIOTAS ,48328 PUERTO VALLARTAhere operates RadioParaiso650kHz (the beautiful logo is a Parrot multicolored) + MIX FM 90.30 MHz "MUCHO RITMO" pop musixc mix (GIANT STICKERS) + AMOR 740AM & 92.70 MHz "solomusica romantica" (oval STIX standard logo) & DIGITAL 89.5 "SOLO EXITOS" 2 size stickers .... (old name LASER 89.5)
GREAT GREAT GREAT we got all them....and really happy we also do many photos ,also outdoor of the murales on the building....
Mrs Gloria Carrillo Gerente very kind permitted our intrusion with no problems.... his email : gcarrillo@grupoacir.com.mx
Sr. Israel Gonzales R. (Productor) geave to us many souvenirs....

Last to be seen RADIO RAMA GROUP,located at HONDURAS 309 interno161 ...6th floor ...in the HOTEL PALOMA DEL MAR  .... a real COLONIAL style Hotel.... the Gerente Operativo Ricardo GonzalezNAVARRETE (email : ricglez@msn.com )very friendly show us the 3 stations of the TELE VISA GROUP...only available the stickers of W RADIO 910 kHz , not the ones of  KE BUENA 1110 kHz and LA LIDER 94.30 MHz ...... another t-shirt for our collections.... great results indeed ..... also thanks to MIGUEL ROMERO assistence.... Back in time to pick up our baggages at Hotel ROSITA (still the internet PC dead...hi) and to say goodbye to local friend MIGUEL ROMERO (Italianmelodic singers lover...) and we started with IVAN LOPEZ the travel to TEPIC... at 1315 hours .... in 3 hours we arrived in TEPIC ...sorry I mostly sleeped thanks to good air conditioned in the JETTA confort car) ... the capital of NAYARIT state.... blackclouds in the mountains annoncing possible aguaceros .... later on....

After a stop at a Petroil station to restore a little.... we had the tradings presents.... IVAN geave us some cyllipepper souce ...and some t-shirts ...one of XERMX old disappeared Radio Mexico International.... a book about short wave in Mexico....  and other souvenirs.... Roberto had a package of European stickers ...and I geave a 2005 WRTH ....and naturally a package of Italian Calcomanias....

So at 1605 we started our visit to TEPIC radiostations......

this will be anargument for the next chapter of our travel ....

good night ....0135 AM here at Hotel MORGANFREEMAN in MAZATLAN

 

BUENA LECTURA AMIGOS DE PLAY-DX .....

We are in Tepic with our story and  with IVAN we started the visit arriving at GRUPO RADIO KORITA located at AVENIDA INSURGENTES 1046, COLONIA ELRODEO,63060  TEPIC stations :93.70 RADIO SENSACION + STEREO VIDA 95.30MHz & 840 kHz + Radio KORITA 710 kHz  +RADIOHITS 1020kHz .... but ...strange notrace of life apparently ...door closed...nolights ...a car outside in the street with painted logos ... a murales withlogos ...so we do some souvenirs photos .... but inreality some guard in the studios remarked our ...actvity ....and ...some our later our departure fromTEPIC ...the police of TEPIC visited our friend ....

ORIGINAL MESSAGE FROM IVAN LOPEZ ALEGRIA :

 Bueno, como anécdota para que puedas platicarla también te comento que ayer por la tarde (7 de la tarde) recibí la visita de la policía municipal en la casa.
Buscaban a alguien que tiene un carro jetta color negro con las placas (láminas de circulación) mías.
El gerente de Radio Korita reportó a la policía telefónicamente a 3 personas muy sospechosas que llegaron a sus instalaciones y además de tomar muchas fotos de los exteriores tenían una actitud muy rara a bordo de una VW Jetta negro.
Este señor estaba muy pero muy asustado y comentó que suponía que nosotros queríamos secuestrarlo;  por eso de las fotos.
De hecho hizo una denuncia por un posible secuestro.
Hubo necesidad de explicarle al comandante de policía la situación y  porque no pudimos hablar con nadie para comentarle el motivo de nuestra visita a la emisora ya que no fuimos atendidos ni siquiera por el velador.
También le dije que no era la primera vez que visitaba la emisora, ya lo había hecho en varias ocasiones.
Yo creo que es mentira que el gerente estaba en esos momentos en la emisora cuando llegamos ya que el lugar "reservado" de estacionamiento para el "gerente" estaba vacio;  además los otros carros que vimos son muy viejos para que sean del gerente. Pienso que había alguna persona adentro  (que no vimos) y que tampoco quiso abrirnos la puerta la que llamó a la policía; después se comunicaron con el gerente y este último debió armar todo ese "escándalo".
Afortunadamente la policía me interrogó y entrevistó por unos 20 minutos y luego de verificar el carro y mis documentos de identificación pasaron a retirarse comentándome que harían su informe sin novedad a su jefe inmediato.

Hoy por la tarde me comuniqué a la emisora para hablar con su gerente y explicarle también lo sucedido pero me dijeron que él ya estaba de vacaciones y que regresa en una semana ó dos.

Bueno, ya haré otra visita a este dichoso "núcleo de Radio Korita".

What to add tothis incredible happening ??? the world is full of idiots ???  The guard manoftenthinks to be the actors of some rambo moovie ??? Radio Korita gropis a unfriendly station??  Donot try to visit them..you mayfinishjin the jail ?!!!!! look like wellknownFUCKCHILD RADIO GROUPinCANADA  in CALGARY for eexple ..... http://www.grk.com.mx/  if you try their WEB page NO RESULTS .... another confirmationthis groupis going very badly... and probably has some problems with ...other people .... may be gangsters ....asking for money .... and sothe guard mansupposed we were trying tokill him....

WOOOW a real sciarada story ....

After this .... we visited 980kHz Radio FIESTA .... but as anticipated inour visit to RadioCapital in GUADALAJARA ..... now on 980 kHz in TEPIC is RADIO CAPITAL 980 ... just 3 weeks they changed name ... and in3 weeks they will move to new address : AVENIDA INSURGENTES 222, 63060 TEPIC .... another primula info for next WRTH 2006 edition. In fact the Gerente remained estonished to see two Italians knowing about the change... and as a prize he offered to us two stickers from Radio Capital in Mexico DF(830 kHz).... 

Well inthe same street I seen a strange sticker RADIO LAZER 101.7 & 105.7 MHz and yes is an USA station in SAN BERNARDINO !!!!!
  http://www.radiolazer.com/02-S-1017_1057-!.htm
you can see the same logo I pickup from the car back paraurti of the car...a it destroyed...

Ohhh what's sostrange in TEPIC .... first we becomed GANGSTERS ....second we got MEXICO DF stickers ... and third I found a STIX from California  .... what will be the next ????

YES we found a station operating from TUXPAN (NAYARIT) on 810 kHz with 3 kW ...  and very well heard in TEPIC ...90 Km from TUXPAN... kind and friendly Gerente Administrativo CHRISTIAN GASPAR WERTZ operating LA GRANDE UX de NAYARIT ...they don't have repeaters in TEPIC area.... so ...."MILAGRO DE DIOS ???¿¿¿??¿¿¿??¿¿" no , more likely ,they are waiting for an autorization of a new relay in TEPIC ..but in reality they have yet opened one ...cause their signal in TEPIC is almost local day light .... address : AVENIDA JUAREZ 160 ALTOS O.te, 63060 TEPIC. email: XEUXAM@yahoo.com.mx  scheduled 0530-2200 hours local time.

Yes a lot of surprises in TEPIC ....
We said bye bye to our good friend IVAN LOPEZ who helped us to make this day historical .....
At 1830 our bus started his travel to MAZATLAN...BUS ESTRELLA BLANCA ... first class ...but old chairs ...television blastering our bread for 6 hours  ..... our travel started under a real diluvio of rain water falls... the TEPIC streets becomes rivers ... a real nightmare travel.... 3 storms in our travel....and even an unexpected police control..not for RADIO KORITA assault...no just a prevention of ..illegal friuts transport on the bus .... not drogs control...just looking for fruits .....  "SIAMO ALLA FRUTTA IN MEXICO ????"  so we arrived in MAZATLAN ...almost groggy ... with 110 minutes of laterness ..... and with no fruits in our bags.... hi

next the MAZATLAN radio stations visit will follow in few hours ... I hope so.....

Kept smile ....

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ANDALE ANDALE !!  QUE BONITA CHICCA rosa ...bajo los zapatos....MADRE DE DIOS ....aqui estamos amigos ...enla pujante playa del golfito sur de MAZATLAN no muy llejos del FARO...

Ha ha ha .... We have survived the nightmare bus with MAX volume and moovie Mexican of the 40's ... with original... FONO ROMA soundtrack ...... EDIZIONI LUCE .... everytime inthe moovie they closed a door ..was looklike to hear a bomb blowing upin the bus .... can you imagine to try to sleep..... ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE....

Roberto always very carefull advised me ...I forget to mention a station we visited yesterday .... I forget cause it was off the air ... but indeed we visited them... RADIO AZTLAN 550 kHz
http://www.radioaztlan.com.mx/html/main.html
(naturally alsotheir WEB doesn't work... may be more relampagos are coming ???)
They are the local NAYARIT governamental station radio and television ...  we met the chief engineer ...very busy to try to solve some linkproblems with the tx located on the cerro who dominate the valley of Tepic ... no signals on 550kHz ...he said cause " una gran tormenta estuve en la area del cerro...." (???¿¿¿¿ but the other TEPIC stations in same Cerro resulted active with no problems...??¿¿)  good murales logo...camionetas with logo... nice green grass gardens ,a real giant area with 3 edificios .... but no stickers sorry ....

OK... now we up to date our story from MAZATLAN... this town I supposed just a commercial sea port .... not at all ...MAZATLAN is a "pujante" night life coast town...every evening-night lot of local area living people come to MAZATLAN a little "LAS VEGAS" with discotecas... fullof lindas chicas (de ...14...17 anos) que bailan  ...y te la dan ..por unos $$$verdes.... many CASINOS ... (inthe Italianversion) ... many live restourants with BANDAS MexicanRancheritas music .... lot of alegria ....nice to see ... but too much noise for my ears (yes still convalescent after the tortute ELITE BUS ride of past evenin...hi)

Our Hotel BEST WESTERN MORGAN FREEMAN resulted a great choose ...in little bay area ... before the imbarcadero ferry togo to BAJA CALIFORNIA (MEXICAN COAST 250 Km more or less to north west) with MAGIC view of SUNSET in the PACIFIC OCEAN ... and little sand beach with giant waves .... we got 7 floor .... but ... a surprise ...in front of us an hill to south east...full of ANTENNAS TV and RADIO ...TELEVISA ...so imagine the RF noise at MAX levels ... on FM...no choise to try ....BAJA CALIFORNIA .... a real pity ...

Friday 12 August we started our visit ... as often happened ...we found a radio station old address...1290 kHz is RADIO MUJER (Ex RADIOFIESTA MEXICANA)and RADIOFIESTA MEXICANA is now 970 kHz ...they moved from ANGEL FLORES 412 (now is a shop of travel agency) to the building of "EL PERIODICO EL SOL DE MAZATLAN " AVENIDA MIGUEL ALEMAN 312 ,FRACCION PLAYA SUR ,con  ESQUINA BENITO JUAREZ, 82000 MAZATLAN, ESTADO SINALOA. ( the estado Sinaloa is 6 hours - GMT) . The 2 stations are now belonging to ABC RADIO GROUP..... we met the GERENTE GENERAL CLEMENTE VALDEZ ... email: promosatmztl@prodigy.net.mx
Very kind and giving informations about plans to expand more the ABC RADIO group in the area.

Second we try GRUPO ACIR MAZATLAN ...LA NUEVA RADIO AMOR 99.50 MHz & RADIO FELICIDAD 1000 kHz ....we arrived at AVENIDA DEL MAR 80(enseguida del Hotel AGUAMARINA )82000 MAZATLAN, need to say my tentatives to fix a room at Hotel AGUAMARINA failed all...so we opted to Best Western .... the GRUPOACIR is just 50 meters far from this nice ****HOTEL ....                
 The number 80 is not on the open door enter ground floor ... but at first floor an iron closed door did  not allowed us to enter ... the drinn do not obteined a reply .... sowhat to do???? try later ???

Going to Radio EXA by TAXI we ...saw a large RADIO FORMULA advertising panel in the AVENIDA J. CARRASCO y GENERAL PESQUEIRA , LOCAL 5-D,PLAZA DE LAS AMERICAS MAZATLAN 82000. But inour lists no traces ... so we discovered a new office of RADIO FORMULA in MAZATLAN. Operating on 91.30 MHz & 1470 kHz .... with localprograms of 2 hours in the morning 0900-1100 and all day 2-3 minutes local spots every 30 minutes before the hour.... we met  Gerente de Ventas NICOLAS AGULAR PAEZ ...very curiuos tounderstand why we visited him... he understood finally and sothe ICE was broken... he kindly geaves to us a carpeta with interesting maps coverage area and informations sheets... no stickers sorry .... he also told us ...his son living in Hermosillo,SONORA finally after 5 years of legal fights obteined the authorisation to open 95.50 MHz  RADIO BEMBA HERMOSILLO !!!! web : http://www.radiobembafm.org    slogan"LA DEMOCRACIA DE LAS CALLES !!!!"  EMAIL :     info@radiobembafm.org 

A real new station with  political programs ... finally legalised after many years of pirates transmissions....
A real pity we are not visiting Hermosillo area this time .... next travel to Mexico we will surely do it !!!!

We arrived to EXA FM not so far .... located at CARRETERA INTERNACIONAL BENEMERITO DE LAS AMERICAS 1400 y GAVIOTAS, 82010 MAZATLAN...we finally found a MACHO GUARD MAN.......  who..looked at us looklike INVASORS from the "TRUE" DEEP SPACE .... well... we explained our wish to know the radio station...he reply ..."COLD"  "POR QUE ?¿¿¿???" ... in our help arrived a carpintero WORKER WHO WAS TRYING TO RESTORE THE IRON DOOR enter ... but call the coordinadora ...they come from Italy to see our station....

Apparently a bit ...SGRUNT...MR.MUSCLE MAN ...said "ESPERE UN MOMENTO" and disappeared .... back in 1 minute said ..."OK"..compile this book formular .... we compiled it ...I noted ..no visits in past 2 days ... NO SURPRISE if Mr.MACHO MAN was tryng the GUINESS BOOK primate ... a guard man able not to let enter visitors for 3 days consecutives in a a radio station.... in fact he accompained us to the Coordinadora de RADIO EXA and only after she said ...OK... he went back to the enter looklike a DOBBERMAN ....hi
Miss NADIA JIMENEZ ( email : antyilla0@hotmail.com ) on the contrary resulted...friendly...kind... helpful... a pleasure to talk to...she offered MANY !!!!!!!! EXA little stickers 89.70 MHz & 630kHz and even some rare LA MEJOR 1320 kHz (EX EX LA RJ GRANDE DE MEXICO, EX LA RANCHERA de SINALOA) old names....during ast 60 years over the air !!!!!
Also some lapiceros and t-shirt ..... I geave her many Italian Decals and she reslted happy too...

VERY PLEASED for the visit we said bye bye to Mr.DOBBERMANMACHO MAN ...

Next to be seen LA JEFA ...93.1 MHz LA EMISORA QUE LA VA' .... quite strange slogan... located at :AVENIDA LOMAS DE MAZATLAN 239 FRACCION LOMAS DE MAZATLAN,82110 MAZATLAN. the station has no promotionalitems ... but Gerente General very kind show us the studios and we took a photo with the carpet logo he geave to us kindly... email tocontact him: RICARDO ALTAMIRANO  lajefa931@yahoo.com.mx

Last to be seen GRUPO RAMSA NUEVA ERA located at AVENIDA MIGUEL ALEMAN 619,Colonia ORIENTE ,82000 MAZATLAN... stations :690kHz LA INVASORA + 870 kHz MAGIA DIGITAL + KE BUENA 720 kHz & 97.70 MHz  and RADIO PLANETa 100.30 MHz. The Director Operativo  C.P. JULIO RUIZ CUEVAS very friendlymake us possible todo photos in all the studios. EMAIL : megaradio@mzt.megared.net.mx

We do another attempt to Radio AMOR .... but again no one replied to the drinnn ring....   

So we went back at Hotel .... I sleeped ...Roberto wanted to test the big waves of the Pacific Ocean ...3 meters higher ....

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VERY SUNNY DAY SATURDAY 13 AUGUST ....

Yesterday evening we needed to go to eat outside cause BEST WESTERN HOTEL has no more restaurante at his 10th floor ...too much costs ...so they just serve breakfast buffet in the morning 0700-1200 hours.... but if you arrive at midnight they kindly have PANINAZZI with salame or cheese (in ITALIAN BURRO... in MEXICO MANTEQUILLA...) remember don't ask for BURRO ...or everyone will suppose you are an aborigenal... ITALIAN... comimg from CADONEGHE area....

So we choose to go to RISTORANTE ITALIANO VILLA ITALIA .... our taxi driver..very humoristic and quite rustic but in the positive mind ... after some 30 minutes drive over ALL the AVENIDA DELMAR (it's the same as the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS of NICE ...but with less less less PALMITAS ) went inanother AVENIDA who end 20 Km after MAZATLAN .... but luckly we stopped in front of IPER GIANT HOTELEL CID ..... this AVENIDA is called CAMARON SABATO (but it was friday !!!) and the address onthe malefic phone book yellow pages did not say the number ...infact onthe visit card we got at the RISTORANTE ...is written..."INFRONT OF HOTEL EL CID " !!!!!!!..ZONA DORADA ...TEL.9130311...
FRANCO ESPOSITO coming fromNAPOLI many years agoopened this very good restaurant ...with big tables...good level air conditioned ... not toomuch ...not too little .... soft lights ... atmosphere ... soft sound tracks .... (also ITALIAN music ....Pavarotti...Boccelli...) So I eat 2 giant plates of FETTUCCINE ALLA ARRABBIATA (estilo Roma) with many BLACK OLIVAS with no nocciolo ..... ESQUISITE PLATE !!!!

and COTOLETTA ALLA PARMIGIANA .... also very very good

ROBERTO choose LASAGNE alla panna .... he got one plate of 1 KILO !!!! just to see it to believe ...hi!

and a MIX of salame and formages (the pecorino really from ITALY ...very picante) ....

So really satisfeat of our choose we went back to our very good HOTEL(apart these malefics antennas...at 200 meters ...hi!)

On the way back...we remained surprised to see the light at RADIO AMOR  office ...at 2nd floor of AVENIDA delMAR 80 ... incredible they works only at nighttime ..... hi !

Saturday 13 AUGUST after the breakfast ...I only took 4 PLATANOS (BANANE) and 5 cold milk glasses...cause 2 days of MONTEZUMA PERSECUTION...ha ha ha ....  provably I did not accepted a package of POTATOES fried ..with  UNID addictions .... AAAAggghhhhhhh (REMEMBER... don't eat THEM IN MEXICO.....)

We went to the beach of the little gulf playa BEST WESTERN , and so I tested the giant waves of the PACIFIC ... thin sands.. no stones.. water not deep.... but a lot of care cause a strong current to go outside .... some waves 3 meters totally submerged me ...but luckly I survived ...ha ha ha .... Roberto experienced the same.

Back to the Hotel at 0100 PM to let free our room 705 .... and 5 hours of free internet .... yes a great HOTEL......

HOTEL POSADA FREEMAN BEST WESTERN,OLAS ALTAS 79 sur
http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=70142 THE SWIMMING POOL is at 12th floor !!!!!!!!

So...now we kindly ask to all of you to ...pry for us...YES ... tonight we start our 25 hours travel by BUS from MAZATLAN via DURANGO at  2240..no ideas of what will happens .... if all is ok I will send a message to the group from Monterrey monday ..... OK...

 Good sunday ....we will spend it on a bus ... climbing mountains 5000 meters higher..... OHHHH JESUS.....OHHH MY GOD.... MADRE DE DIOS ....
 

HOLA A TODOS QUE LIDO ESTA' TODO BIEN POR ACA AMIGOS COMPANEROS ....
YEPALE YAPELE !!!!

We are yet arrived in Monterrey .... the BUS schedule we got from BUS TICKECT WEB page ... https://www.ticketbus.com.mx/ticketbus/inicio.jsp SAID BUS FUTURA MAZATLAN-MONTERREY directo ...a las 2240 y llega a las 2330 del dia siguente .... WELL we arrived at 1730 del dia siguente !!!!

The bus FUTURA is good and confortable and we had no problems to pick up it at the big MAZATLAN bus station .... ESTRELLA BLANCA company who utilize FUTURA BUS has a room where you may wait with air conditioned and rest service (3 $$$ MEX please...hi) we boarded and our chairs where the last two 35-36 near the BUS rest room ... but large chairs and no one back us .... air conditioned not so strong...and TV sounds LUCKLY not so strong.... just two childrens making some noise for 30 minutes ...after they fall to sleep ...and me and Roberto too ..hi cause the fighting in the PACIFIC OCEAN waves in MAZATLAN  (be true the best place we visited for the beach.In fact I wake up 2-3 times and the speed of the bus just 20-30 KM/h cause some trucks behind our bus...and the carrera going up in the mountains .... so this low speed contribued to make the travel more soft .... we wake up at 0800 hours just some kilometers before to arrive to DURANGO city .... My GOD ...11 hours MAZATLAN-DURANGO may be in the night is more slow speed ????  I switch on the DEGEN 1103 radio and on 92.90 MHz I got a NEW STATION in FM from DURANGO "LA NUEVA CULTURA ESPANA FM" they have this name cause they are transmitting from UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA ESPANA http://www.unes.edu.mx/ THEY HAVE ALSO A GOOD WEB page ! http://www.unes.edu.mx/espanafm.htm EMAIL : xunesfm@hotmail.com
With good programs culturals and good rock pop music ... guess EX 92.1  STEREO TECNOLOGICO off the air (almost today) on 96.5 LA TREMENDA "LA RADIO QUE SUENA"
103.7 LA SUPER GRUPERA (with usual big band popular songs and sounds
105.3 GRUPO RADIO RAMA "FIESTA MEXICANA" annoncing "LA MEXICANA DE DURANGO"
107.7 LOS 40  with modern songs mostly from EEUU in the 94.10 not listed ESTEREO LOBO  but annoncing
FREQUENCIA UNIVERSITARIA ....... ??¿¿¿¿ new name ??? datas ?¡¡¡??¡¡¡ no way to find datas in GOOGLE.... ANY ONE MAY HELP ???¡¡¡¿¿¿

Not bad in DURANGO so many changes ....

OUR bus restarted after 10 minutes break .... to arrive in TORREON
estado Coahuila after crossing a quite desertic area with little
cactus and agave cactus ... and almost no life for 300 km  ...we
arrived in Torreon around 1130 ....
FM STATIONS :
92.30 LA CALIENTE con musica nortena grupera
93.10 STEREO HITS romantic modern songs
95.50 LA 95.5  not ESTELAR 95.5 many ids and temperature 28*
96.30 RADIO TORREON ..."LA RADIO QUE TODOS HACEN" temperature 30*
97.10 ESTEREO GALLITO musica ranchera , but no CHICCHIRICCHI IDs
97.90 not identified ... no ids...just no stop oldies 50's 60's
listed RADIO COAHUILA ....
100.30 KISS FM MANY JINGLES SAME AS EEUU STATIONS .... GOOD ROCK POP MUSIC
102.70 STEREO JOYA LOCATED IN CUATRO CIENAGAS A VILLAGE NEAR TORREON WITH GOOD JINGLES  listed as SER COAHUILA.
103.50 NEW STATION NAME "LA TREMENDA!!!!!!!!!!!!" WITH GRUPERA SOUNDS LISTED AS RADIO LA CONSENTIDA.  
no ideas if they changed also address

10 minutes stop ...just the time to buy 20 $$$$$$$$4 MEX each to gelados MAGNUM ...AND TO DIVORATE THEM ...HI

Again we crossed another almost desertic area .... but the high way really good with 2 way to go 2 way to back ...so speedy of bus around 110 km/h.....

So at 1500 hours we arrived to another big city called SALTILLO ...we wandered why is called SALTILLO ???? WELL MANY CALLES...AVENIDAS ARE WITH BIG HOLES ...OR SPEED LIMIT LITTLE WALLS... SO MANY MANY saltillos IN THE BUS .... like to do some kind of body building ??? arriving in periferic area we remained stopped 10 minutes in little calle PISCIS con calle TAUPO ...why ??? cause a train passed ...a commercial train with 250 wagoons .... yes 250 !!!!!!!!! never seen so long train in my life ...hi! Saltillo has many many big factories ... So we had time to familiarize with native people in calle PISCIS doing some siesta in the veranda of their house... drinking beer ...we drinking kocakola (Roberto) me ACQUA & LEMONADE (self) mix drinking....ha ha ha ...really unusual ...
The enter of the city is dominated by a giant iron statue of CARRANZA on an horse .... very great monument !!!!!

FM BANDSCAN SALTILLO :
89.70 HITS 60's 70's new name ex SER
93.50   "SOLO HITS" NEW SLOGAN ex STEREO SALTILLO
94.70 EXA FM with usual good quality stereo sounds mix pop modern
97.70 RADIO CONCIERTO quite unexpected classic music radio station but with also cultural programs
100.10 RADIO TECNOLOGICO ...WITH NO STOP GREAT SONGS OF THE 60's 70's ....IN A GADDA DAVIDA of PINKFLOYD ...20 MINUTES ORIGINAL VERSION ...ABSOLUTELY THE BEST POSSIBILITY TO LISTEN IN MEXICO...HI
100.90 another new station annoncing "LA NUEVA RADIO" ex ex STEREO ROMANCE ...EX LA MAQUINA ?????. on a car from the bus I noted the big sticker 100.90 SAME IN THE WEB :  http://mx.geocities.com/sn_rcg/lamaquina/ ...?????
106.50 LA COMADRE ....ANOTHER CHANGE !!!!!! EX "EL PINALITO"

Well lot of changes in the COAHUILA area ...I LISTENED TO MANY FM STATIONS ....and suddenly at 1710 I heard in SANTA CATARINA town on the high way ... a station from Monterrey on 91.50 91-X Esperiencia ... so ...YES ..we were YET !!!!! in MONTERREY periferica area ....and in 20 minutes we arrived at the big BUS station ....and just 10
minutes later we arrived at HOTEL QUINTA AVENIDA located near central area
Av. Madero Ote. No. 243
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
The Hotel is *** stars but is good and confortable ... and cost around 45 EURO for 2 people per day .....!!!!!
and ...they have INTERNET FREE from 0700 till 2300 hoursand it works !!!!

So tomorrow monday we will do our first day visit to the Monterrey radio stations .... now we go to DON PASCUALE RISTORANTE ...MINGHIA ROBBA DE COSA NOSTRA HAAAAAA....

BACIAMO LE MANI .....

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

HOLA ....estamos bastante cansados ... y con los OEVOS tambien bastante cocidos ...ha ha ha
GREETINGS FROM HOT MONTERREY ...the surprise is to discover 34* temperature today 15 august here in Monterrey....

Yesterday evening after the early arrival of our bus (???¡¡ ¿¿¿ or may be just a wrong information from the ticket bus Mexico service WEB ???¿¿¿¿) and the good surprise of internet free service of HOTEL 5a AVENIDA *** stars in quite central place AVENIDA FRANCISCO I. MADERO ANGULO AVENIDA H.GALEAZA N.TE ...THE ROOM IS OK ...only missing the television remore control ....but they finally found one 24 hours after our arrival ....the breakfast is free ...but they just offer JUICE ORANGE (not good for my 55 years old estomac...and 1 liter coffeee ...not good for nothing...may be to wash plates ???) ok luckly they have breakfast continental for 45 $$$ Mex (3,5 EURO) ...and there are PINAS (green) and PLATANOS ... and other fruits ...cold milk for me (luckly) but MAX 2 glasses ...hi !!! omelette "scarce" for ROBERTO .... no black TEA ...only MANZANA TEA ... (ROBERTO preferred to put it in a flower vase near the table... may be the flowers had enjoy it...???¿¿¿¿) Apart these ...little problems ... we tried to call phones numbers in Monterrey ...MEXICO DF ...ITALY ... well only possible from desk reception ...from room not allowed .... their phone service is look like in HOTELS of CUBA ...????¿¿¿¿¿...hi But the bath room is ok ...the shower is perfect .... and the water finally in the bath is also cold !!!!! after one week of hot waters ...hi
Yes the Rolling STONES ...said ...correctly "YOU ALWAYS CAN'T GET WHAT'S YOU WANT..." so pls enjoy QUINTA AVENIDA .... and we try to do it ... the daily cost is just 40 EURO for a room ...(20 EURO each one !!!!!!) .... what do you pretentd for so low price ?? in MILANO you probably may stay at the PENSIONE FARINI ...where every night the local police search for ALBANIAN and MOROCCO people.... hi!!!

Well ...yesterday evening we went as told you in the final part of our message to eat ..after 24 hours of no food ...hi!!!!! to DON PASCUALE Resorante ...located in RIO ORINOCO 175 LOCAL 1,COLONIA DEL VALLE ,GARZA GARCIA !!!!!!! this made little more hard to find it ...WHY ??? cause GARZA GARCIA is a satellite town near MONTERREY so....if you bring a TAXI of MONTERREY they have NO IDEAS where is located ...and VICEVERSA ...HA HA HA
However they are open till 2400 hours ...so we arrived at 2145 ...after 40 minutes of ...searches of a young taxi driver ...who asked almost 10 times where this "maldito" Ristorante Italiano was located ... finally a motor pizza driver of GARZA GARCIA ...helped us ... arriving in front of the restaurante .... ha ha ha ...
Need to say to arrive to GARZA GARCIA you need to pass a big big TUNNEL .... so really another town ..another world ....

The RISTORANTE is managed by Mexican ...there is a DONA PASCUALA who coordinate all ...is very nice place and the food is really PHANTASTIC compared to our precedents restaurants buffet .... I eat SPAGHETTI CARBONARA (with 500 grammes of PARMIGIANO !!!) and ROBERTO eat a REAL !! plate of PASTA ALLA ARRABBIATA PUGLIESE .... really ARRABIATA ...we drinked almost 10 glasses of LEMONADA MINERAL WATER WITH GAS ..... after this start ..I took a plate of PASTA alla ARRABBIATA PUGLIESE ...and ROBERTO a giant plate of SPAGHETTI alla CARBONARA...we also got special PIZZETTE cut in strips ...and done at the moment by a young lady PIZZAROLA !!! never seen before a young lady pizzarola... but very very good .... So a good choose apart the location very far from our hotel ...
At 2345 we took a TAXI called by kind DONA PASCUALA .... but another adventure ..the TAXI driver (very young too...) unfortunatly lived in GARZA GARCIA ...so we said "pls go to HOTEL %a AVENIDA in front of BEST WESTERN PLAZA" and he replied ..."en que avenida??¿¿¿" so after some ...soft discussion ##"#å&&$$??¿¿¿##]]¿....we went to the central bustation of Monterrey (is just 500 meters from our Hotel) and we took a taxi of the CENTRAL de TAXI ...and in 5 minutes we arrived safe in the Hotel ......

Ohh yes but you wish to know what happened today MONDAY 15 AUGUST here in Monterrey ??? Festival in Mexico they are very very religious ... but the 15 August they normally works look like a normal day .... so at 0945 (after the Breakfast continental 5,5 Euro each one) we started with GRUPO RADIO ALEGRIA situated in AVENIDA MADERO Oriente 1110 MONTERREY 64000, stations : 91.7 91-X LA EXPERIENCIA + 95.7 LA LEY "SABROSITA" + LA ESTACION 102.9 + 570 kHz LA BJB + 660 kHz NOTIRADIO 6-60 + 1140 kHz MR DEPORTES + 1310 kHz RADIO 13 + 1340 kHz LA SABROSITA (in //95.7) well can you believe ??¿¿¿ we seen all studios ...we got almost all the stickers thanks to VICTOR M. MARTINEZ VIRAMONTES of the 91-X ..very friendly he is working in the group from 1987 !!!!!!! so he knows almost all the staff.... very very great people .... he devoted 30 minutes to us ... so we do all the photos ...and got many many 91-X stickers ...calcomanias ..... 180 total !!!! 3 differents models...

After so good start we moved with a TAXI (cost usually is 10-20 $$$MEX if the ride is not outside the central area....more if you go outside ...but MAX 50-60 MEX $$$) rarely taxi has air conditioned ...there are 34000 TAXIs in Monterrey ...and 30000 are coming from the campesinos area...so do not be surprised if you geave a paper with the address ...they ...have no idea there is located what you want to visit ...hi!!!!

MULTIMEDIOS RADIO is located in AVENIDA PARICUTIN SUR 316 COLONIA ROMA 64700 MNONTERREY ..... yes the detail of the COLONIA is very important cause some AVENIDAS are 10 kilometers long .... so they are divided in many Colonias (written atop of the cross streets) stations : 94.1 XET LA CALIENTE (in //1450 kHz) + 98,9 D-99 XHJD + 101.3 AW-FM LA INOLVIDABLE + 104.5 PLANETA FM  + 105.30 LA MAS BUENA  (in // 1090 kHz) 106.1 STEREO HITS XHITS + 106.9 CLASSIC 106.9 MHz + 690 kHz LA DEPORTIVA + 860 kHz RADIO RECUERDO  + 990 XET LA T GRANDE DE MEXICO + 1280 TELERADIO  + 1450 LA CALIENTE (in // 95.7 MHz) +1480 kHz LA RANCHERITA ...... well as expected so many stations ... too much control ... we met a real "controlora of visitors" she know all the phone extensions and in 5 minutes she called ALL !!!! the secretaries asking for stickers .... and so we got 3 stickers stations .... differents .... a real record ....of speedy and active organisation....

Next to be seen ....GRUPO RADIO MEXICO ... located at JUAN I. RAMOS 506 ORIENTE PISO 20 !!!!!!!!!!! EDIFICIO LATINO , 64000 MONTERREY YES is a real big building and the GRUPO RADIO MEXICO has a whole floor .... stations 3.30 BANDA 93.3 LA BANDA LA QUE MANDA (...a fancul ??¿¿¿) + 99.70 LA INVASORA  + 104.50 PLANETA FM 104.5 + 600 kHz LA REGIOMONTANA + 630 kHz LA FB  + 1420 XEH LOS EXITOS QUE TU QUIERES ....... but the receptionist at the door said .... "AQUI NO TENEMOS CALCOMANIAS" ......estan todas en nuestra oficina de publicidad ....So we need to move with another TAXI to CALLE 5 de MAYO 1528-A , COLONIA MARIA LUISA ...... here after 25 minutes in a CHAOS traffic jam and with internal TAXI temperature around 42*C .... we landed ..and we met a secretary ...defended by a real RUBIO guard man ...looking at us in a supectitous way .... we explained "our story" ..the secretary said ...yes we have calcomanias ..but we usually geave them in the street as a prize...we explained we are from Italy ...and we can't effort to find the station trucks ....so we got 2 from each ...and ...one t-shirt too for the joy of Roberto ... I saw a package of PLANETA station of Ciudad Obregon ...with different frequency .... but the "kind" secretary said ... ohhh this is a mistake they sent to me but they must go to ..CIUDAD OBREGON cause they need them urgently ...they are 57 stickers .... I can't geave them to you ... you you go to CIUDAD OBREGON surely you will get 2 of them ...Really a funny story .... but I guess also really strange way ..57 or 55 stickers ...what is changing ????? BOOOHHHHHHHH...

After this DEPRESSING adventure ...we visited RADIO NL (NUEVO LEON) it is the govern local Radio and TELEVISION ...in a giant mega building (the money of the people in the city is very very well put here ...located at TORRE RADIO BEEP , AVENIDA LOMA GRANDE 2704 , ESQUINA SAN FRANCISCO ...but you seen a TOWER so big you don't need the esquina ... on the GIANT TOWER is 25 ANOS anniversary lights  STATIONS : OPUS 102.1 and 1510 kHz RADIO NUEVO LEON RADIO NL Roberto got a nice T-shirt .... I got a little "control" sticker Roberto "captured" from a desk ..in the reception room...

Well really happy for this results (hhhhmmmmmmmmm we try to find GRUPO MASS COMUNICACIONES located in central area ...CALLE PRIVATA RHIN 647, entre MATAMOROS y PADRE MIER , COLONIA MIRADOR , 64000 MONTERREYagain we met a TAXI quite old and neverthless his efforts he needed to ask 10 times before to find the little street ... even we PUT a map page we got on internet pages featuring the streets of Monterrey ....ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE .... in the station at 1330 unfortunatly no gerente ...LUNCH TIME ..sorry ...so we take a meeting for next tuesday morning at 1000 o'clock ....hhhmmmm I remember same story in GUADALAJARA
Stations are KE BUENA  (but don't ask me the frequency in FM is not listed...hi) and Radio NARANJERA 950 kHz "LA RADIO QUE SE GUSTA FRIA"

So even if I was boiled...dryed...we continued ...trying to find SOMER RADIO GROUP .... located at CUAHTEMOC NORTE 725 , 64000 MONTERREY ...STATIONS : MORENA 1190 kHz (in //99.1 MHz) 1050 POTENCIA REGIA 1050 kHz (EX LA RANCHERA DE MONTERREY) and GENESIS 98.1 MHz .... We met a guard man ... we asked for "calcomanias" and in 3 minutes we got all THEM .... absolutely incredible to believe ... exists also kind, clever, and friendly active GUARD MAN ....

This good result enforced a little my ...proved spirit ....

We found a TAXI driver finally a bit more active then the past 5 .... and we asked for GRUPO IMAGEN , located at AVENIDA LAZARO CARDENAS 329 ORIENTE, PLAZA CORPORATIVA LAS TORRES, COLONIA VALLE ORIENTE, GARZA GARCIA , 66269 !!!!!!!! ... a terrific long ...giant...avenida .... and apparently no traces of this 329 .... so the TAXI driver stopped at HOTEL FIESTA INN ... and asked to a TAXI waiting for FIESTA INN clientes ... costumers... and he said... YES is the little calle before this HOTEL ...at the end.... WWWOOOOOWWWW a real "COLPO DI CULO" (don't translate pls)
So in fact we found the building totally impossible to be found from the big avenida .... EDIFICIO 2, 2 floor....

The Building is new ... and there is only one fm station ... 107.70 MHz we met FERNANDO ROZ RIO (Produccion Manager)  
EMAIL : jfrr@imagen.com.mx
We got some of the rare stickers featuring an old PHILIPS radio and Radio Imagen LOGO.....just 3 in total....and some LAPIS ...... but FERNANDO helped us to understand where was located EXA FM building .... we searched in vain for 30 minutes with a .... TAXI DRIVER ...good for agricultural activities ...sorry. Very modern station with very good studios RADIO IMAGEN 107.7 MHz at the end of the FM DIAL ...you must listen to them also via WEB http://www.imagen.com.mx

So we had another good taxi ...able to follow the instructions of Fernando ... and yes we got it ...the MVS RADIO BUILDING is located in AVENIDA REVOLUCION 1471 , COLONIA LOS REMATES,64878 MONTERREY .... but you add REVOLUCION from GARZA SADA AVENIDA ..FRENTE HEB !!!! a mega store .... and without this particular you are lost (also the agricultural bread TAXI driver) ...is a real hard place to find.... RADIO EXA 97.3 MHz and LA MEJOR 92.50 (EX BEST FM EX EX ESTEREO REY) we waited patently the back arrival of the main receptionist ...and after 30 minutes she arrived after the lunch time.... and we got the stickers and we also visited the very modern studios .... MVS I think is the most modern group of Radio...often with great studios ..... great equipments and very good program levels...they organize very good concerts.... so the same as RADIO DEEJAY in ITALY....

After this good meeting and air conditioned waiting...we took another taxi ...sorry LOW quality ... he tried for 3 times to .... change our itinerary ...but we finally arrived to GRUPO ACIR located in periferic street calle MONTERREY 698 (not 680 !!!!) COLONIA LIBERTAD 67130 MONTERREY (in exist really a street called MONTERREY in MONTERREY...very unexpected) the station at 1600 unfortunatly only with the secretary explaining...tyhe GERENTE will be only tomorrow morning .... (at the afternoon he does la SIESTA!!!!) ... so she started to search for decalcomania ...and after 20 minutes of researches yes he found one RED !!!! and with old frequency 620  kHzno ideas how many years old .... NOW THEY OPERATES only on 900 kHz RADIO NOTICIAS is the present name....

So we arrived to our last GROUP RADIO to be seen ....RADIO FORMULA FRUPO RAMSA located at AVENIDA ÑIGUEL ALEMAN 4401 (not 401 !!!!!! number as stated on the MEXICAN RADIO TV HANDBOOK) we met a very kindand friendly secretary ... she ... said sorry sorry sorry we don't have decalcomanias ..she geave us the visit card ...so we remarked they utilize
1230 kHz (NOT 1240 !!!!!!kHz) RADIO FORMULA CADENA RADIO 2
770 kHz RADIO FORMULA CADENA RADIO 1
1370 kHz RADIO FORMULA CADENA RADIO 3.....

so much for today ...the PC computer here at 5a AVENIDA HOTEL is starting to ...smoke... hi!!

So I will tell you more news ...tomorrow morning

RISTORANTE DON PASCUALE & SENORA DONA PASCUALA is waiting for our second visit....SSSSLLLUUURRRPPPPPPP

Baciamo le mani .......

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Hola Amigos .....buen 16 de agosto martes ...
Hi to everybody ...good 16 august tuesday ...
After a good sleeping I wake up around 0630 local time this morning and tested the MW ...but really poor signals coming from EEUU on MW ..this is mainly due to the position of Monterrey surrounded by high mountains in almost all directions.... so just few stations noted  outside the ones operating in the VALLEY of Monterrey.
860 kHz RADIO REPOSO ....from there ????
1090 kHz LA MAS BUENA ...weak signals...from there ???
1190 kHz UNID EEUU station in ASIAN LANGUAGE !!!!! quite un expected
don't think is Mexican .... so ??? who is operating ASIAN language on 1190 kHz ????
1200 kHz WOAI SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS... good signal ..best EEUU signal
1340 kHz local Monterrey station "LA VALLENATA" GRUPO RADIO ALEGRIA RADIO 13 .... playing COLOMBIAN CUMBIA music songs ... look like to be in Colombia , with lot of CISTES of the LOCUTOR and long dedications of listeners ..... very pleasant listening ...

On FM 91-X on 91.7 MHz with very good oldies EEUU/UK songs....

At 1000 hours Roberto vent to visit the GRUPO MASS COMUNICACIONES GRUPO TELEVISA Radio located in central area ...CALLE PRIVATA RHIN 647, entre MATAMOROS y PADRE MIER , COLONIA MIRADOR , 64000 MONTERREY. This time with map and additional informations he did not had problems to arrive quickly at the station building...and met the Gerente  Don FELIPE de J. MARTINEZ AVELDANO
WEB: http://www.gpomass.com.mx email : felipe@gpmass.com.mx

He supposed Roberto was trying to sell stickers being an European manager of a Xerigrafic company ...ha ha ha.. but after the clearification he kindly geave to him the Stickers of KE BUENA 100.10 MHz operating in MONTE MORELOS, a town near MONTERREY but cause the mountains no possible to listen to it herein Monterrey.... he also geave 2 RARE stickers of LA MEJOR 100.10 MHz old name of KE BUENA .... and 2 nice T-shirts of KE BUENA ....not printed stickers of the 950 kHz LA NARANJERA "LA QUE SE GUSTA FRIA" .... so at 1100 I moved in the reception of the Hotel and started this internet session.

Our good friend Ivan Lopez in Tepic sent to me a message with these info about our visit in TEPIC: for references is the 23 PART of the reportero.


Hola Amigos del PLAYDX:
quiero comentarle algunos detalles que encontré en el mismo:

1. Guadalajara está a 1590 metros sobre el nivel del mar
2. Vallarta y Guadalajara tienen la misma hora (hora del centro)
3. Tepic sí tiene una hora menos que Guadalajara y Puerto Vallarta  (hora del Pacífico), al igual que Mazatlán
4. En las visitas a la emisoras de Tepic faltaría mencionar la que se hizo a "W radio":
    XHNF (97.7 FM)  K´buena    y  XEOO  (620  AM)  de donde también se obtuvieron algunas calcomanias y fuimos bien recibidos.
5.  Ya observé la corrección de la visita a Radio Aztlán  (550 AM);
recuerda que fue la primer  emisora que visitamos, antes que la XEXT ;
(de Radio Korita mejor no hablamos).
Ivan Lopez

Thanks Ivan !!!

We have had some phone calls this morning with our friends contacts in MEXICO DF so we will surely meet them in coming days...

Today is still very sunny and yet at midday 30*C temperatures ....

We will move to Airport at 1500 hours ..searching for AIR conditioned...hi

Next message will be from ....CIUDAD DE MEXICO .... yepale yepale ...arriba arriba ....

 

Desde el Hotel Majestic centro de la ciudad mirando el banderon que flota en el Zocalo gigante les habla Dario....
We let Monterrey in a sunny day with windy and so good vision of the mountains surronding the city... Javier our "personal" TAXI DRIVER arrived at HOTEL 5a AVENIDA at 1500 hours after a call, his cellular is 0448110836530 if you call it from Monterrey... he doesn't speak English but he knows very well the city ...and he offer 1 hour for 150 $$$ MEX.

We needed 55 minutes to arrive to the Airport of Monterrey, it is located outside the city border and a lot of works are running on the avenida ALARCON ...making it from 1 way to 2 way to go and come back.

The area is full of industries...we saw for exemple the giant Wirpool Philips USA factory ... in the time I talked with Javier and he told me many interesting TIPS.... for exemple on the hills of Monterrey going to the tunnel for Garza Garcia area there is a iper giant message of lights ...so you may read "DENUCIA 089" this is an appeal to the Monterrey population to denonce the crimes in the city.... just call 089 phone number and you will be in touch 24 hours with operator who will take care of your message.....
In Monterrey there are 35000 Busses .... many many lines to periferic villages .... one drive cost 5 $$$ MEX.
The street workers are coming from south of the country and get 50 $$$ per hour .... not so much indeed....

To go to the Airport no exist BUS !!!! so you need a TAXI ...cost depend of the TAXI driver ...but usually 200 $$$ MEX is OK ....If you arrive you need to bring TAXI AEREOPUERTO and you do a "boleto" at the Taxi office in the AIRport..... price may vary 200-250 $$$ MEX,  but you pay at the office ...so ...if the taxi found a traffic problem you have yet payed ...even if you stay 3 hours in the TAXI...hi

The Airport is very very modern and with all conforts.... our AIR MEXICANA flight scheduled at 1830 started in time ... the sky a bit cloudy did not offered a great view during the flight .... seat 23 F is near the window.... very good visibility on Mexico City ... really very big and impressive the large avenidas with 4 ways (carriles)

At the arrival we found "all" our 4 bags at carrousel 9... but we needed to walk 500 meters from our arrival gate .... at 2010 .... so we saw the IBERIA JET standing at 33 !!!!!! gate ... this is 1200 meters from gate enter ....next sunday we will need to arrive there ...hi

No problems at control ....luckly for internal flights no controls ...no green light or red light .... our good friend JESUS LIRA and his wife were at the going out point "sortida" 9 ...and so we meteasily... JESUS had a big paper with "WELCOME PLAYDX DARIO & ROBERTO"

We bought the TAXI boleto ..to go at HOTEL MAJESTIC in the center ...cost 240 $$$ MEX ...special TAXI AIRPORT.... so we had first impact with the traffic ....but luckly for us ...all the cars going OUT ... with some long long kilometric cars in the other way ...not for us...at 2030 almost no one is going to the center on a normal working day as 16 August tuesday ....so in ONLY 20 minutes we arrived at the Hotel Majestic.... we got 3rd floor with the spectacular wiev of the square "ZOCALO" and the PALACIO del GUBIERNO and the Hispanic largeCatedral ...... temperature around 12*C .... but you know MEXICO city is at around 2500 meters above sea level....
So we went to eat at the restaurant at the 7 floor.... with our friends and we talked a lot !!!!!

Our room 309 is very large and with no AIR CONDITIONED ...simply cause you don't need it at night ...just open the window ...and a "FRESCHITA ARIA" will solve the problem...hi

I wake up at 0500 local time to do a MW bandscan and with my surprise the X-band 1620-1700 kHz are full of USA stations ..... like to be on the coast ...
1620 WTAW TEXAS (good) , 1630 KKGM TEXAS (poor), 1640 WTNI MISSISSIPPI,1650 KHRO TEXAS (poor), 1660 KRZI TEXAS (good) & UNID NEWSTALKS WCNZ FLORIDA ???¿¿¿¿(poor) , 1670 WMWR GEORGIA (poor) , 1680 WLAA FLORIDA (poor), 1690 WWAA GEORGIA ????¿¿¿(poor) tentative & KDDZ R. Disney COLORADO (poor), 1700 KVNS TEXAS (GOOD !!!!).
On the MW ...I controlled 900-1600 kHz and only WOAI 1200 S.ANTONIO TEXAS was barely audible under INOLVIDABLE 1200 from TOLUCA .... and on 1130 kHz an UNID station in EE !!! no ideas which one may be ...the 1130 channel did not offered Mexican stations audibles...

Today wednesday 17 August we will visit some important stations like Radio Educacion operating on 6185 kHz ....

Next message I will tell you ...what happened !!

Have a nice day ..... Que le vaja bien Senor ....

(VAI ALLA PHOTO GALLERY DEL VIAGGIO)

Hola amigos ....el GRAN Banderon de lo Zocalo sigue flotando flotando ...
Here in Mexico city still wednesday evening 18 August .....
it has been a tremendous day...full of great happenings and lot of adventures.
First thanks to Greg Hardison from Los Angeles informinh my UNID station on 1130 kHz heard from Mexico DF may be KWKH from SHREVEPORT in LOUISIANA....
At 0845 we met at Hotel MAJESTIC the wife of our friend JESUS LIRA, GUADALUPE , she kindly offered to assist in our today visit, very kind.
First she took me at the Central post office philatelic section, not far from the Hotel, so I had the opportunity to "order" some philatelic items at the "BUZON FILATELICO" located in Esquina EJE LAZARO CARDENAS y CALLE TACUBA....the man in charge carefully took notice of my needs and said ...tomorrow afternoon after 1600 hours pls come again here and I will have the items you have ordered.... I hope so.

So at 0930 we started our visit with Guadalupe .... first to see the famous Radio Educacion operating on 1060 kHz and 6185 kHz .... station is located at ANGEL URRAZA 622,Colonia DEL VALLE..... in a quite crowled traffic we arrived inn 45 minutes... we had meeting "CITA" with the Subdirectora Mrs. PERLA  OLIVIA RODRIGUEZ RESENDIZ.... she kinndly show all the equipements of the staation except the studio of the SW studio which start at 1800 hours... I remained almost shocked to  see two walls of the outdoor of the SW studios full of rare stickers .... some missing.... but the efforts to ...capture some of them failed .... cause the unpossibility to pick up them from the walls in plastic material.... I only captured after some big efforts a little STICKER printed by OYE 88,7 MHz a radio station located in Mexico DF. The archives of the audio of the transmissions of Radio Educacion are stored in a room underground level ..... and the station plan to transfere all them in a digital archive who will be possible to look at via internet in the planet....look like the TECHE RAI in Italy. We got some souvenirs.... little block notes...lightners... no stickers available... we also got the weekly schedule. We also do some photos and we saw some prerecording of programs. The station claims to be the most cultural voice from Mexico to the world .. and it is true.....
We had lot of pleasure to visit a so friendly station.

Second to be seen in a BOLGIA traffic......is Radio  Formula... quite famous in Italy and Europe cause is one of the most easy and reported stations on MW : 103.3 & 970 kHz Radio Formula 3 , 1470 Radio Formula Canal 2 , 1500 & 104,1 MHz Radio Formula Cadena Radio Uno.  But our efforts did not obteined good results....they have no printed materials....

Next GRUPO ACIR located in periferic Avenida PIRINEOS 770 .... they have great equipments : all digitalized STUDER system and a master sounds control of DIGIDESIGN ....we met ALBERTO MORENO and he took us in a complete tour of the studios : Radio Felicidad 1180 + Noticias 88.9 + LA 12-60 on 1260 + Radio Reloj 1590 giving time every minute (Ex R. BONITA) + MIX 106 + DIGITAL FM 99.3 + AMOR 95.3 ..... Alberto Morenois controlling the RADIO AMOR quality.... we talked a lot and even we familiarized with the staff ....we got stickers and some funny materials.... we also do some photos with a digital camera ...so may be if I will get them they will be in the official story.

We restarted very pleased for this good meeting ....but unfortunatly started a black serial ....this is also due to the fact the time was yet 1400 hours and staff people goeas to lunch for 2 hours....

GRUPO IMAGEN ......has moved the offices 3 mounths ago ....new address is : MARIANO ESCOBEDO 700 JUNTO HOTEL CAMINO REAL  ......stations IMAGEN FM 90.5 and REPORTE 98.5 .... in reality they are where existed a big discoteca annexed to Hotel Camino Real....but at new address we found the guard man explining too early (1530) to find the lady in charge for public informations and visit to the station.....so we needed to comeback again later ....

Same happened to Radio Capital...so we decided to  visit them tomorrow morning.

Around 1630 we arrived at the address of RADIO 13 of RADIO SA GROUP...... located at RODOLFO EMERSON 408,COLONIA CHAPULTEPEC MORALES 11570.....but at number 408 nothing outside the big door... we controlled 412 and ...yes the station is there ..... but nothing outside ....to identify them..... Guadalupe tryied all of her efforts to may force "the bunker" ....and after some reluctant moments the giant guard said "un momento por favor" .... so we waited patiently.... at a moment arrived a super MERCEDES CORAZZATO... with the Gerente .... LIC. MANUEL MOTA ....and after 15 minutes we finally had permission to visit RADIO 13 operating on 1290 kHz with power 45 to 50 kW. ALBERTO GARCIA a very kind co-worker at the station and in charge of the reception reports arriving to the radio... very friendly offered is time to see the station....  his email if you want to contact him is : radioc_alberto@hotmail.com.mx 

So we tried ...a bit later 1830 to visit Radio EXA 104.90 and MVS 102.50 of MVS Radio Group....but unfortunatly too late .... the Gerente unfortunatly yet gone ... we tried 3 enters ..main is : MARIANO ESCOBEDO 532  COLONIA ANZURES 11590 MEXICO DF..... and after 30 minutes of dancing in the street we got ONE !!!!!!

Traffic becomed a real follia .... so we even did not had time to visit TRANSCONTINENTAL 4810 kHz ......yet closed at 1930.... we will try tomorrow afternoon....

So we said good evening to Guadalupe and many thanks for her precious help  during the whole day.....

Tomorrow thursday we will have our second round with the MEXICO DF radio stations..... I hope it will be better the final results....

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Hola Saludos desde la pujante CHILPANCINGO !!
Greetings from CHILPANCINGO !

18 August it has been our second day in Mexico City, details will follow !!! We are now in CHILPANCINGO a little town in the Guerrero state on the street Mexico DF - Acapulco ...we wanted to see a normal town ....and in fact it is very interesting ... no such big skyscrapers as in other towns... the 4 local stations (one moved to TUXLA town) are very open ...no problem to visit them ... no Guardia Gorilla .... all very friendly and quite surprised to see 2 Italians visiting them ... I am at OASIS Cafe bar internet in Guerrero Avenida 10 ....
the service is OK.... details of CHILPANCINGO visit will follow... our BUS to Acapulco will start at 1720 hours....

See you later ...hasta muy pronto !!!!

 

QUE VIVA MEXICO !!!!!!
WELCOME TO THE SECOND DAY IN MEXICO CITY DF .

Wednesday 17 August at 0845 hours arrived our friend Pablo Angel Cardenas at Hotel Majestic ...and he wake up  us ... still sleeping after the hard tuesday first day of visit in Mexico DF .... but in 15 minutes we were ready for our breakfast at 7 floor of the Hotel restaurante terrazza on the main square of ciudad de Mexico ... this morning it was possible to see the Volcano POOPO at north east direction ..... just a bit covered by the giant BANDERON floating in the Zocalo plaza.... the Zocalo is so large it may contain 1 million of people ... and the 14-15 september the NATIONAL DAY of MEXICO a lot of people arrive here for the celebrations ... to dance and to drink rivers of CORONA BEER and TEQUILA ......hi
In the Zocalo also usually are the protests of the people .... and the most importants happenings of the last century has been starting from this point.

Pablo Angel is an international listener and he collect pennants and stickers of international services.... he kindly offered to help us in our visit of the Radio stations of the city ....

We started with Nucleo Radio Mil located in AVENIDA PROLONGACION PASEO DE LA REFORMA 115, COLONIA PASEO de las LOMAS SANTA FE,MEXICO 01330 DF.

The traffic at 0945 is yet very crawled ...so we need by taxi 45 minutes to arrive .... it is quite far from the center area ... the station moved here about 6 monthes ago ....

Stations : 89.7 OYE 89.7 Siempre Hits + 100.1 Stereo Cien La emisora del Delfin + 100.9 BEAT 100.9 (POP MUSIC - DISCO MUSIC) (Ex La Sabrosita) + 590 LA SABROSITA (Musica Romantica) + 1000 Radio MIL (in // 6010 kHz 24 hours) + 1410 LA MAS PERRONA (Musica Ranchera) (Ex Radio Sinfonola)

We enter in the big crystal building of 11 floors and the giant hall reception we asked to the guard service "somos oyentes de la onda internacional de Radio Mil" soon the guard replued "welcome to Nucleo Radio mil, please go to 5floor to the reception for the registration" really surprised ...first time a commercial group welcomed us to a visit without an appointment CITA.... So at 5th floor we registered and we met Ing. Daniel Martinez quite young and very friendly .... so we went to the Ingenieria office at second floor .... We explained the reasons of our visit and he replied we will show you our stations.... great !!!

I showed to him a report from my friend Jim Solatie who heard in winter 2004 on 590 kHz LA SABROSITA he sent report but no replies....Ing.Daniel explained cause the group has many office the letters with reception reports must be directed to : Ingenieria NRM Comunucaciones, atencion Ing. JUAN ITURRIA Jefe Ingeniero ..... or unfortunatly they are lost in other offices....his e-mail is : ingenieria@nrm.com.mx

We visited the main control room, the relay satellite links room... the studios...the offices ...and we got lot of souvenirs : stickers,Pen,Lightners,even Mouse Pad ... only missing the Radio Mil cause the secretary was in a meeting.... Radio Oye Gerente Rene Rojas Gudino is a stickers collectionist ...so I offered many of my duplicated Italian decalcomanias and he geave to me many of Radio Oye .... only missing Radio Beat 100,9 A real good starting with also some good photos .....Back to main office Ingenieria we met Jefe Ingeniero Ing. Juan Iturria (his relatives are coming from BILBAO) so we talked about 6010 kHz explaing we in Europe have problems tolog them cause Colombian Station La Voz de Tu conciencia ...he replied Radio Mil is many years is operating on 6010 kHz with 1 kW ... so it is their fault to utilize 6010 kHz and they need to move to another frequency... in fact they use also 5910 kHz (waiting for authorization from Colombian Govern) ...but in fact they are still active 24 hours on 6010 kHz .... so the conflict is still running .........and I guess unfortunatly with no apparently solutions ... cause the manager of La Voz de Tu Conciencia doesn't intend move from 6010 kHz.... Reports to Radio Mil 6010 kHz are welcomed also via Internet : ingenieria@nrm.com.mx

After this good start we took another Taxi...very young driver ...good driver ... and in the travel from NRM to RADIO CENTRO GROUPwe familiarized and I asked how much to rent a taxi from 1300 hours till 1900 hours ???¿¿¿¿ 100 $$$ MEX per hour...even less than in Monterrey....so we agree to rent his taxi till 1900 hours...a good idea...you will understand later why ....hi

RADIO CENTRO GROUP is located at AVENIDA CONSTITUYENTES 1154,COLONIA LOMAS ALTAS 11950 MEXICO DF.
Stations belonging to the group are :
88.1 LA RED (in //1110 kHz) + 91.3 ALFA RADIO + 92.1 UNIVERSAL STEREO + 93.7 STEREO JOYA + 97.7 STEREO 97.7 + 107.7 LA Z (MUSICA RANCHERA) + 790 FORMATO 21 + 1150 RADIO EL FONOGRAFO (MUSICA DEL PASADO) + 1030 RADIO CENTRO + 690 RADIO 69 (NOTICIAS) ...not sexy sounds hi!

So we enter in the mega hall with 12th floors internally balconies.... all full of flowers and green plants .... really unicum to see it... and we met first with a copy of SARGEANT GARCIA (of the Zorro moovie) ...and second a nice looking secretary receptionist .... after some problems to explain the reason of our visit ... the radio Vatican sticker open the minds and the doors...hi!!!

So after 20 minutes wait on comfortables chears ....and relax....talking with our friend Pablo Angel of many topics of the present life problems in Mexico ... arrived Super Giant (180 kilos) MARTIN ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ productor of RADIO 69 es noticia ...We explained our visit reason and he said ...yes ..I will bring you the souvenirs available of the stations belonging to Radio grupo Centro ...GREAT !!!! in fact in 30 minutes he kindly offered to us many souvenirs ... with no need to move from the big chairs ... So if you have reports or requests for these stations pls contact Martin at e-mail :  esteban@grc.com.mx
At present there are stickers from Stereo JOYA, Radio Centro , and pens and lightners of the others.....

After this positive stop... we arrived with our personal Taxi to GRUPO RASA operating only one station on MW : RADIO 6-20 informativa 24 horas .... on 620 kHz indeed... located at DURANGO 341 ,COLONIA ROMA,06700 MEXICO DF.
Taxist explained Colonia Roma has been founded at the end of XIX beginning of XX century by Italian inmigrants .... so this is why there are many Hotels with Italian names "HOTEL SAN MARINO" "HOTEL VIA VENETO" or restaurants "LA PORTA PESACARA " "RISTORANTE PASCUALE" .....
So no surprise if Radio 620 has been one of the 7 stations on 22 attempted by Pavanello with a written letter in April ... only 7 replies ...but you know Italian visitors are not so common in these areas of our planet....hi

So the manager of RADIO 620 Dr. ANTONIO MORALES BLUMENKRON is a lover of Italy and every year he vist Italy ...so he invited us to visit his station ...but ...but...unfortunatly cause the MONSTER traffic jam (you must test seems to be in a giant autocrash running) did not allowed to arrive at the station in time...we arrived at 1410 ...just 10 minutes he went out for lunch ...a real pity...However the news men at the station ...very kindly showed us the station studios...all equipped with computer system and satellite connection to make possible to the station reporters located in all the country main towns ...to report live if important national happenings.... we even got 2 old stickers (10 years old!!! a real rarity) and I saw under the glass table top of the director office an old pennant RED and triangular of RADIO 620 ...another rarity ...but sorry only one exist ...souvenir of the 70's ....If you want contact them e-mail : antoniom@rasa.com.mx

After this good meeting ....especially friendly meeting ... we arrived to RADIO RAMA GROUP ...in reality this group is going to disappear ...cause MVS is eating stations of the group... at present in MEXICO DF is only ONE : 1580 kHz called RADIO MEXICANA (ex FREQUENCIA POSITIVA) .... while 1380 kHz ROMANTICA is no more at RADIO RAMA GROUP .....

Located in PASEO DE LA REFORMA 56 , COLONIA JUAREZ , MEXICO DF.we had the possibility to see the best AVENIDA of the MEXICO city is very large ...look like the PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA in MADRID or the PASEO DE GRACIA in BARCELONA .... luxury hotels ..luxury shops ....and many green plants...not so much traffic jam at 1500 hours...yes again the same problem ...if you try to visit a radio station at 1400-1600 hours ...you may have problems to find people in the office ...and if you meet an IDIOT GUARD..or a recepcionista thinking to drink LEMONADEPESPICOLA .... the results are poor ...so we lost 35 minutes waiting for the secretary of gerente publicidad .... and finally we said BYE BYE to the "MORITURI TE SALUTAM" people working for a phantom group called RADIO RAMA (almost in MEXICO DF)
However according to the IDIOT GUARD man ...the ROMANTICA radio had stickers .... but is no more there .... I wonder where is gone ???? BOOOOHHHHHHHH....

We let this "strange" radio ...and on the street to go to ABC RADIO we saw the building where is located RADIO CHAPULTEPEC 560 kHz covering the area of CHAPULTEPEC quarter ...(1000000 habitants!!!!!) but no time to stop ...sorrrryyyyyyy...snif snifff.

So we arrived at ABC RADIO address and .... OHHHHH MY GOD ... they have moved !!!!! from GOMEZ FARIAS 51 COLONIA SAN RAFAEL ...to BASILIO BADILLO 29 ,COLONIA TABACALERA 06470 ,MEXICO DF. They operate on 760 kHz and I had another unanswered report compiled by JIM SOLATIE ..... We meet a very young guard controlled .... he tried his best to move the people in the office at 9th floor of the building ... yes need to explain..no outside identifications of the ABC RADIO in the building ... nothing in the reception ... the building on the other side is the same as the UNIVERSAL newspaper .... so ABC RADIO is owned by NEWSPAPER groups in differents cities....

Finally after 30 minutes quite ennerving me and Roberto ... (Pablo Angel was yet gone to his working place..he works from 1600 hours till midnight...) finally I talked by phoneline at guard control pass first with a stupid woman ...no ideas of his name of his activity in the station ... she naturally doesn't undersood almost nothing of my requests... and she pretented I told her the name of the of the speaker and name of the program my friend J9m Solatielisted in Finland in December 2004.....OHH JESSUSSSSSS... luckly finally I talked to Sr. MILTON PARTIDA jefe tecnico ... and after some efforts I convinced him to come down from his 9 th floor to thereception hall ...may be he supposed I was a terrorist of alkaida ??? I don't know... however finally I explained the reasonsof our visit ... and strange he understood why we visited ABC RADIO ... well cause no Gerente at Afternoon in ABC RADIO ... only morning at 1000-1005 and 1200-1205 (he works very very hardlyindeed) ...Milton kindly suggested to send another report to his personal email address : milton.partida@abcradio.com.mx the http://www.abcradio.com.mx
Surely not a total unuseful meeting ...but PORCO D..... we lost 50 minutes for almost nothing of constructive ....

We remarked out side the weather was changing .....and dark...black clouds ...was going to arrive.... so in 10 minutes in another BOLGIAIOTIC traffic jam ... it started the hurricane ...a bit earlier ...1800 hours .... we do a desesperate attempt to TELE VISA (CHAPULTEPEC) area where TELE VISA run TV studios ...it is a iper giant area of 10 buildings all of TELE VISA TV .... but the Roberto tentative failed ..."sorry we have no contacts with our sister stations radio) located in CALZADA de TLALPAN 3000 COLONIA ESPARTACO 04870 MEXICO DF .... well almost confirmed the address ....located at ...30 kM from Televisa TV ...ha ha ha ...may be in elicopter ...????¿¿¿¿¿ but Taxi driver said ... not yet allowed elicopter service in MEXICO DF...ha ha ha ....so bye bye RADIO of TELEVISA group...

The Rain started to be very strong .... streets avenidas started to be look like rivers .... so we opeted to try to visit Radio Transcontinental operating on SW ..4810 kHz drifting up and down according to the temperature of their active TX .... but even if our young TAXI driver do all of his best ...we arrived at PLAZA DE SAN JUAN 5, colonia centro,MEXICO DF ...AT 1825 HOURS .... the people of RADIO TRANSCONTINENTAL ...yet let the house... THE ENTER is very look like a CAVE ....with some people doing some straneworks ..cleaning shoes ... cleaning the enter from flood of the rainfalls... they kindly said "Los Senores de XERTA se fuiron 10 minutos antes ..por las lluvias..." .... nice end of a sunny day ...finished in a tempest day...

So at 1845 we said ...pls go to Hotel Majestic... in fact distant 800 meters ....from XERTA macilent building.... another SFIGA ...traffic JAM ...RAINFALLS....and even a demonstration in the ZOCALO of the party of the campesinos calientes ...... did not allowed to our good... epic... taxi driver to arrive to our final meta... EVEN an EXALTED GUARD man (16 years old ???) who wanted put a TAX of 40 salarios to our poor TAXI driver ... tryied to break our balls (palle!!)
Well luckly the taxi driver did escaped the tax...but we did not escaped to do 500 meters under the rainfalls .....

At 1915 ..quite ...destroyed we ended our EPIC second day in MEXICO DF.... ohh yes you wander ..howmany CAMPESINOS were protesting in the ZOCALO ????¡¡¡¡¿¿¿¿ 52 !!!!!!!! FIFTY TWO .... yes.... with 350 TIN SOLDIERS GUARD looking them and ofcorse stopping the traffic ...the guards not the poor campesinos....

We will continue soon with the next story message ...more relaxing ... going to eat at BELLINI restourant at 43 floor atop the WORLD TRADE CENTER ..of MEXICO DF (not NYC luckly)

 

HOLA a los QUE nos estan siguendo !!!
HI !!!
After so convulsioned day ... we had a relaxing meeting at the most high ristorante of MEXICO DF ... called BELLINI ..cause a PIANO player is every night doing his best to play famous lirics songs and ballads with a piano ...age is about 90 years but he his really good player...
We reserveed a mesa for 6 : Miguel Angel, his wife Guadalupe, Hector Bojorge collaborator of XERTA , and Julian Santiago Diez de Bonilla(very active Dxer and first to start a Dx program over Radio Mil 6010 kHz) at 2100 hour we arrived to the WTC tower ..a black stone glass iper giant building of 47 floors ... after some problem to find the right elevator to go atop ...NO OUTSIDE informations on the elevator ..no informations in the iper giant hall ... but we are used of such problems...we got the correct information from a cleaning woman..she kindly took us till the elevator ... so we went up at a speedy of 100 kM per second atop ... the ristorante reception is look like the one of the CN Tower of Toronto ...but not514 meters ..

The glitteting view of the city is really PHANTASTIC !!!! if you will visit MEXICO DF you MUST !!!! go on this great place ....the price is not so high ...for 4 people we paid 1200 $$$ MEX Dr.Julian Santiago arrived with his super car and put it in the downstair parking ... he arrived with Hector Bojorge...

So wev started to talk a lot ...and to eat a bit later ...hi!!!Very good Spaghetti alla Carbonara ..and very good spaghetti arrabbiati ...(very arrabiati like me and Roberto after ABC RADIO)

We talked of all topics ... may be I may write a book ...the items not only related to broadcasting radio hobby ...also culturals (Guadalupe works as voluntieer at the Museum of Antropoligic of MEXICO DF) also politics and world planet problems (Julian Santiago is a real expert of everything on our planet ..not mars luckly) He is CIRUJANO OTORRINOLARINGOLOGO ....so his work needs lot of quiet and attention) in fact he his very careful in all aspects ofour planet... Hector Bojorge neverthless my efforts to talk about Radio Transcontinental unfortunatly tell us very little about them ... but almost he admitted they do not use the tower on the building LATINO AMERICA torre ..located 300 meters from the macilent house...

OK a great evening meeting and a great food...and a great view of the city ..cause the ristorante Bellini is turning slowly and permit to see all the great lights of MEXICO DF....

More will come about our travel MEXICO-CHILPANCINGO-ACAPULCO in next message .....
see you later ...yepale yepale ...

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Hollallahhhh ....QUE RUMBA por encuentrar un internet point abierto en la grande ciudad de Mexico .... alfin lo consegui'

Hi ! we are the friday 19 of August !!! and we wake up a bit earlier cause our reserved bus to go to CHILPANCINGO first and to ACAPULCO later  started at 0920 .... and you know the traffic in the morning is a very hard incognita .... we reserved our 3 busses at the TURISMO MAJESTIC at the lobby of the good Hotel... operated by a "canuto" man said doing this service in the past 70 years !!!! probably he is 94 years old...but very careful and very informed about all the turistic service ...so if you utilize HOTEL MAJESTIC BEST WESTERN (from April 2005 they are again BEST WESTERN) you may reserve...busses or flights.

Naturally the traffic jam very strong but we moved at 0820 and at 0900 we arrived at the BUS STATION SUR (not the giant TAPO BUS STATION the main bus station of the city) it is quite caotic bus station but almost we had the bus at time .... the ESTRELLA DE ORO has direct service MEXICO DF - CHILPANCINGO .... 3 hours .... via the HIGH WAY 59 , this is a very good highway ... you may compare to the Italian high way !!! but it cost quite a lot ...and it is for this reason it is not so much full of traffic.... The travel offered panoramic view of the sierra ...very nice bridges on rivers .... so relaxing ...we fall dawn soon in a good sleeping... and we wake up in CHILPANCINGO ...by the voice of the bus driver who said "BIENVENIDOS in CHILPANCINGO" .....may be to wake up us ...hi!

We choose to visit CHILPANCINGO to have an imagine how is a normal town in Mexico ....and in fact it is more "campesina" ...for exemple (after having rent a young taxi driver...18 years old???¿¿¿ for 3 hours ...300 MEX $$$) we saw in a street ...2 BURROS !!!! walking apparently with no ideas where to go ...in the meaddle of the traffic .... ha ha ha ..... first we visited RADIORAMA GROUP, address is OK : AVENIDA DEL SUR 14 , COLONIA MARGARITA VIGURI',39060 CHILPANCINGO.... the kind nice receptionist explained the radio stations had some changes recently : KE BUENA 107.1 (EX 97.9 ) , 94.7 POP RADIO ( EX EX FIESTA MEXICANA , EX COMBO FM) , 1580 XELI COMBO FM (EX LA KALIENTE) I geave her some Italian decals and she kindly found for us the OLD sticker of FIESTA MEXICANA a rarity ..... !!!!!!

Second to visit LA CONSENTIDA XEPI 1250 kHz ....but surprise they closed their office in CHILPANCHINGO ...so please delete the address : MIGUEL ALEMAN 24/4 CENTRO...... there is a shop selling clothes.... they are now only in TIXLA main office ....

Third we visited RADIO FORMULA XEZUM RADIO PODER operating on 1050 kHz , address is Ok : MORELOS 6, 3Piso, CENTRO,39000 CHILPANCINGO. but sorry no stickers...nothing at all...just a MIXER of the 60's with manopular control..... like to be visiting a radio of the past century ...hi

The streets of Chilpancingo (55000 habitants) are very little ...same as the ones of MAZARA del VALLO in Italy ...just to geave an idea....but CHILPANCINGO is the CAPITAL !! of GUERRERO state.
There is a lot of traffic in the center of the city ...and we needed to cross it 3 times.... but finally we arrived at 1300 to our last station to visit ... RADIO TV DE GUERRERO , address is ok: FRANCISCO I* MADERO 1, 39000 CHILPANCINGO....they operate TV state TV GUERRERO and radio station 870 kHz RADIO GUERRERO. Very friendly the Gerente JESUS MARQUES LEYVA.... he show us the studios ...but said "no tenemos dinero por hacer calcomanias...lo siento"... he has no email address ..... The building is 200 meters from TRIBUNAL de GUERRERO....

Last to be seen Radio LA EXPLOSIVA 97.1 & 650 kHz but surprise ...they have becomed part of RADIO CAPITAL network in 2005....so new name is "RADIO CAPITAL LA EXPLOSIVA" address is ok : AVENIDA GUERRERO 10/B, 1*piso, 39000 CHILPANCINGO. We arrived at 1405 ...but luckly ...this time ...we met the operador de control Pablo who kindly show us the studio...very old indeed ..and offered many service labels of RADIO CAPITAL ...he said they sent to us from MEXICO DF ...but we don't use them.... we are still LA EXPLOSIVA .....

So finally not so bad visit .... I stopped to a local internet shop service called OASI CYBER ...in same street GUERRERO at 12 number.1 hour service just 5 $$$ MEX ...very very cheap !!!!and ADSL line!!!!

At 1545 I wanted to come back to the BUS station ...Roberto yet went back at 1400 hours .... so I need to find a TAXI in the central CHILPANCINGO , and only after 45 MINUTES !!!!!! I found one by chanche ....... MADRE DE DIOS que esperamiento....

So no problem to wait at SAUNA ROOM for bus ESTRELLA DE ORO to go to ACAPULCO....at 1720 hours ....scheduled to arrive in 2 hours in ACAPULCO .... but some dark clouds at east annonced some hurricane coming ..... and in fact 10 Km before the end of good HIGH WAY 59 ....the rain look like a cascade started ... in few minutes the streets becomed like rivers.... and so we had a special free show ... to see the desaster in the villages before to enter in the gold ACAPULCO ..... but you can see these rural areas 15 Km before ACAPULCO only if you utilize the BUS ... by AIR JET you arrive in another area northern and the ...panorama is very very different !!!! So we may see in a 50 cm streets flooded ...cars totally submerged ... people doing ..swimming to cross the streets ...lterals streets look like litlle rivers ...doing the main street to enter to the MAXI TUNNEL (cost 100 $$$ MEX !!! for 3 Km) like a big lake .... we lost 90 minutes in this nightmare ....I m sorry to say ...this TRUE view of the life stile of Periferic Acapulco is really ..... depressing ....most of the people who works in the hundreds luxury hotels of the shining ACAPULCO are living inthese areas periferic....

At 2020 we arrived in our Hotel AVALON EXCALIBUR .... perfect room 1605 at 16 floor .....view of the gulf ...with relampagos .... and usual BUFFET restourant dinner ..... we eat look like "pigs" hi!!!

Next final message will follow almost soon !

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Vamos muy adelntados por la conclusion de nuestra gran vuelta Radial de Mexico !!!!

Naturally after so many adventures on friday 19 august ...we sleeped look like stones for 10 hours .... 20 August saturday ...we had breakfast buffet 120 $$$ MEX each one .... and after this Roberto wanted to go to the HOTEL beach for his last bath in the OCEAN PACIFIC I relaxed in the balcony of the room at 16 th  floor ..... may be you have no ideas ...of the impression to be sit on the most great view of a golf ... like to be atop the gulf .... listening the local FM-MW stations of ACAPULCO.....

At 1300 we transferred at the internet point of the HOTEL with temperature 13*C !!!! like to be in the freezer .... perfecto for my taste ...not for Roberto ...who went for a little PASEO ..discovering an Italian BAR offering a real ESPRESSO COFFEE...may the only one.. in the whole MEXICO ....hi! 5 hours internet costed 300 $$$ MEX ....high...but high quality ..

At 1800 hours we took our ESTRELLA DE ORO BUS DIAMANTE !!! this is the most luxury class.... the bus has large chairs...the bus assistent offer drinks every 60 minutes... no stop travel ACAPULCO-MEXICO DF soft airconditioned ....soft TV moovie .... perfect service... also great driver ... arrived at BUS STATION SUR TAXQUEÑA ....2250 ..10 minutes before the schedule ....neverthless the rain in the last part of the travel from TOLUCA (50 Km).... and Mexico DF strats soon after Toluca .... really impressive to arrive on HIGH WAY and to see the view of the thousands lights of the city ...from the promontory ...

We got a TAXI prepagado in 5 minutes and in 11 minutes we arrived to the WORLD TRADE CENTER at Ristorante BELLINI ...for my banquet to celebrate my 55 wires.... great TAXI driver ...we passed on 260 green semafores ...and even 3 totally red !!!!!

Cloudy sky but no problems to see the phantastic view of the town at night ..... you must visit it and test it if you will come to MEXICO DF

At 0130 we arrived at Hotel Majestic to get our reserved room at 4th floor looking at the Zocalo ...naturally...

Sunday 21 august we met at 0900 our friends GUADALUPE, JESUS LIRA, and PABLO ANGEL .... Roberto went to visit the Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (who assisted us during our adventues) and I went with Pablo and Jesus to see a real SUNDAY FREE MARKET ... located in SAN FELIPE DE JESUS , DELEGACION GUSTAVO A. MADERO .... is it 5 Kmq ...and you can't see all ....it is same as LAS GLORIETAS MERCADO de las pulgas of BARCELONA in CATALUNYA !!!!...... I found some stickers windows of TELE VISA, TV ATZECA, MTV.....

Well at 1300 hours we make free our room in Hotel MAJESTIC BEST WESTERN .... and with "paciente" Pablo Angel ..we started to search an internet point open ..... but on SUNDAY all all all ALL ALL !!!!! internet points in the center of the city are closed .... so POR VERDADERA INTERCESION DE LA NUESTRA PROTECTORA SEÑORA de GUADALUPE ..por fin despues de varios intentos...we arrived to one OPEN and working...to send my messages ....  INTERNET SISTEMAS JL ..JOSES ESQUINA GRANATA, COLONIA ESTRELLA...... about 15 km from center.

Our flight will leave at 2000 so ....next message will be from Milano ...si DIOS QUIERES .... y si no quieres ...AMEN

 

Hola ! Hallo ! Hello !

We arrived safe monday late afternoon in time at Malpensa Airport.....but quite tired for the back travel....

No problem to get a Taxi of Hotel Majestic for ONLY 140 MEX $$$ we arrived at the giant MEXICO DF airport in 60 minutes in a total caotic traffic ...even if it was sunday afternoon..... thousands of people sells everything on the streets around the city center and this makes hard to go out the center....

No problems to get our tickect for our flight at Iberia cheak-in with other 600 people..... about 45 minutes wait ..... the baggages controls and passport controls are done by Iberia .... so no chanche to get a SEAL souvenir of Mexico on my passport .... no traces of my visit to Mexico ..... Roberto was very depressed for this matter... me not too much...hi!

The wait for the EMBARQUE at the Terminal Intercontinental Flights was not so speedy .... some Mexicana Air travellers has been put in the Iberia flight ...apparently without informations ....so we lost 60 minutes to wait their arrival ..... strange organisation .... I guess IBERIA has ....bought a part of MEXICANA AIR ....hi!

So we saw other flight's people going to LAS VEGAS in time ....to London in time ..to CHICAGO in time !!!!!!!

Finally the call to start the EMBARQUE ..... a real assault ....ha ha ha ..... but luckly the Hostess called by seats numbers ...solved the matter .... we got mid seats ....within 4 NUNS (MONGAS)!!!!!! ha ha ha .... interesting to remark they do the SIGNO DE LA CRUZ al rumbo del avion ...... con la protecion de SS Senor .... no problems in the flight ....but my position next to corridor ....produced the almost total unpossibility to sleep...cause a real procession to the WC ...

We arrived in time at Madrid Airport .... landing at T-1 box 2 ..... and the Iberia Hostess ....informed us ..."you need to move to Terminal T-2 section E .... box 67 " "you may use the outdoor bus for connection" ..... but WHAT BUS ??? where the stop of this bus ??? We had 55 minutes times to arrive at T-2 .....

So we started to walk ....walk ...walk .... guess 1,5 Km distance ...... the T-2 is at the opposite respect T-1 in the Airport .... and GATE E is the last one ..... OHHHHHHH  JESUSSSSS..... a real competition ..... we even needed to pass two police controls ....

Finally at 1525 hours we still where walking to E gate 67 .... and the official EMBARQUE of IBERIA flight to Milano at 1515 .....

Some moments of PANICS ..... but luckly for us the EMBARQUE not yet started ....with lot of ITALIANS .... standing the order of EMBARQUE.......PPPPPPPUUUFFFFF  PPPUUUUFFFFF PPPUUUUFFFFF ...... we has been able to wait 20 minutes .....and I drinked 2 bottles of SPRITE ..in a few seconds.........hi

We get seats next the window ...so in the clear sky we has been ableto see first Zaragoza .....and after Monserrat Mountain (1 year ago same day 22 august Pavanello was atop the Monastere of Monserrat!!!) and Barcelona by flight is always fashinating .... we also saw Nice and Genova sea ports .... but soon lot of dark clouds on the Padana plane....

We landed at 1750 hours in perfect time... and after some 15 minutes of THRILLING waiting ....our baggages arrived .... EWWWIWA IBERIA service is better than BRITISH AIR ....for baggages deliveries...

No DOUANE control .... just a LUPO DOG searching for KOKA .... but we had other items in our bags.... hi!!!

Bus MALPENSA-MILANO FS RAILWAYS cost 5 Euro per people and in 50 minutes landed us in the Central Railways Station of Milano.... so I kept a Taxi ...and Roberto went to take his train to Vercelli.

No doubts this travel has been look like a SWISS CLOCK .... no breaks in our itinerary ....no changes.... almost all OK ...apart the baggages later arrival in Acapulco (by Mexicana AIR) .... all Busses in time...even if some time later than expected cause the many works on the HIGH (LOW??)WAY on the Atlantic Ocean Coasts of Mexico....

Visit to the many stations .....guess around 200 we have seen !!!! in our 3 weeks ....almost all friendly .... lot of good friends helped us in our adventure.... thanks to JUAN JOSE MIROZ y RAFAEL AGREDA y MIGUEL ANGEL ROCHA in Tampico, IVAN LOPEZ in TEPIC y PUERTO VALLARTA ,  JESUS MANUEL LIRA y su Senora GUADALUPE (special thanks for the 80 years anniversary Book of Radio Educacion I got for my birthday) & PABLO ANGEL in MEXICO DF.

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Hola amigos

el nuestro viaje en Mexico ya acabò. Fuè el primero viaje para mi en un pais de Latino-America e puedo decir que Mexico es un pais de muchas contradiciones. Hay pueblos che parecen del tercero mundo y otro lugar que parecien de la Costa Azul. Tambien la radiofonia tienes muchissima contradiciones: hemos veido una emissora donde 7 mujeres trabajan escribiendo con la maquina de escribir como en Italia 30 anos antes y otra con un sistema compiuterizado de la creacion de la publicidad que tambien las emissoras italiana no tienes. El problema major por qiuen que hacen un viaje radiofonico como el nuestro es el tiempo: en todos las emissoras tienes que esperar minutos y minutos antes de poder hablar con algunos. Un disastre el trafico en Mexico D.F., alli no se perdien minutos, se pierden horas!!!! Pero todos son muy cordiales, y con esto comentario quiere decir " gracias " a todos lo que nos atendieron, a todos los amigos que hemos encontrado en Tampico y a los amigos de Tepic y Mexico D.F. Por acaber puedo solo decir " todo fuè fantastico !!!!!!"

Roberto Pavanello
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We have many nice souvenirs of our visit to a big country with many Radio stations and we hope to may do in the future another travel to see the missing towns we had no real time to see in this our first travel RADIAL of MEXICO.

Don't forget to order the PACKAGE SOUVENIR MEXICO RADIAL 2005 it costs ONLY 20 EURO .... sent by letter delivery ....worldwide.
DARIO MONFERINI,VIAV DAVANZATI 8, IT-20158 MILANO, ITALIA.

Now we are yet organizing our next international travel to ARGENTINA-URUGUAY-PARAGUAY next AUGUST 2007 !!!!!)

Hasta la vista .....yepale yepale ..... que le vaya bien Senor....

Dario and Roberto

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