Quincy, IL (June 20, 2008)–XEEZ 970 is one of the first AM stations in Mexico to broadcast with HD Radio technology since Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Commission (CoFeTel) announcement in May authorizing radio stations within about 200 miles of the Mexico/U.S. border to begin HD Radio broadcasting. XEEZ 970 Radio Palacios is located in the U.S./Mexico border town of Caborca, Sonora. The station is using a Broadcast Electronics (BE) transmission system.
“CoFeTel’s support of HD Radio for border stations is a huge step forward in radio’s worldwide digital conversion. It’s very rewarding for us to be a part of this country’s adoption of digital radio,” commented Deb Huttenburg, vice president of business development and marketing for BE, which participated in the introduction of HD Radio technology to Mexico in 2003.
With two-thirds of the radio stations in Mexico broadcasting on the AM band, the FM-like quality of AM HD Radio technology is of particular interest to these broadcasters. To convert to digital HD Radio technology, XEEZ 970 adapted its BE AM 6A solid-state transmitter for linear transmission and added BE’s ASi 10 exciter to generate the HD Radio signal. XEEZ 970 ordered the exciter and the transmitter through BE representative, Distribuidora E Importadora de Radiofusion, S.A. (DIRSA).