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Border AM Station Flips HD Radio Switch in Sonora

XEEZ airs at 970 from the town of Caborca.

A new AM HD Radio station along the U.S./Mexico border is on the air.

Broadcast Electronics said XEEZ at 970 kHz is based in the town of Caborca, Sonora.

“The station 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,” BE stated.

The manufacturer’s Deb Huttenburg described CoFeTel’s support of HD Radio for border stations as “a huge step forward in radio’s worldwide digital conversion.” The company noted that two-thirds of stations in Mexico are AMs.

XEEZ 970 adapted a BE AM 6A solid-state transmitter for linear transmission and added a BE ASi 10 exciter. It purchased the gear through Distribuidora E Importadora de Radiofusion, S.A. (DIRSA).