What's New at the WTFDA FM Database?

Just because there wasn't much Dx happening over the winter of 2016-2017, that didn't mean that there was nothing for your editors to do. The winter turned out to be extremely busy for us.

Over the winter we turned our attentions to Central America. We completely added the countries of Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. We also added the country of Aruba and that includes current RDS information obtained from a vacation there in December.

At the same time we were working with Central America, we found a very capable person to help us with upgrades and changes to the database itself. We added a much needed country field with a drop down menu and we made the // field searchable. We expanded the remarks field so we could add more information if needed. We also expanded the callsign field to completely accommodate those long Canadian callsigns. This work was finished in January.

To make Central America more complete, we've added local counties/departments to the state/province field where previously they have been left empty.

Our South of the Border editor, Jim Thomas, is in contact with officials of various Central American countries and they are working with him to give us the most up-to-date information they have on FM stations in their countries. Technical data entry for  Honduras is about 80% complete (4-13-17). Work is progressing on obtaining current FM station data from Guatemala. We appreciate the help we are receiving from officials in those countries.

On the US and Canada databases, we update them daily using the FCC's Daily Digests. LPFMs are updated daily. Formats and slogans are regularly updated from StationIntel. And every weekend we double check everything to make sure nothing got left out!

Jim Thomas is our editor for Mexico, Central America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries.

November 2016 | Panama and Guatemala added to the database.

December 2016 | Nicaragua and Belize added to the database.

January 2017 | Costa Rica and El Salvador added to the database.

February 2017 | Honduras added to the database. Aruba added to the database.

February 2017 | Changed the official province designation for Newfoundland and Labrador to NL.

April 13 2017 | Finished updating RDS info for WI, IL, OH, IN with info supplied by Chris Kadlec. RDS info was added to many stations who previously never had it. Chris' RDS Database.

April 15, 2017 | Updated some RDS data and LPFM/xltr formats for GA and TN supplied by Bill Nollman.

April 19, 2017 | Modified the "contact us" page. Changed Mexico City FM stations from DF to CDMX.

April 31, 2017 | Costa Rica completely updated with latest powers, HAAT and co-ordinates. Ongoing USA format tweeking with new StationIntel format listings.

May 1, 2017 | All Guatemala City FMs updated with correct HAAT and co-ordinates, also some name and format changes.

May 3, 2017 | Over 452 Mexican FMs updated with exact co-ordinates.

May 5, 2017 | Guatemala is officially completely and updated. Updates will be added when received. Work continuing on Honduras.

May 26, 2017 | Many RDS updates for parts of AL/FL/MS supplied by Zach from the Alabama Broadcast Media Page.

June 28, 2017 | Honduras has been completely updated (callsigns, COL, xmtr power and polarization, HAAT, Latitude and Longitude, station name and hours of operation, where known.)  Thank you to Erica Speers at CONATEL in Tegucigalpa for her help.

June 30,2017 | Added a format table to the database help page.

July 4, 2017 | The Dominican Republic has been completely updated with information from INDOTEL. Jamaica has been completely updated with data from JIS.

July 16, 2017 | Cuba has been updated to show exact transmitter co-ordinates for 90% of Cuban stations thanks to new information received from Radiocuba.

July 29, 2017 | Honduras updated with additional information.

August 17, 2017 | Updated RDS info for Phoenix, AZ, San Diego and Tijuana.

September 20, 2017 | Huge amount of updates and edits done to the Mexican FM database.

October 2, 2017 | Updated RDS PI codes for many stations in New Mexico and Northern New Hampshire and PI codes for Los Angeles area stations.

November 20, 2017 | Updated the Aruba listings. Add stations authorized in the past 12 months.

November 25, 2017 | Added new Contact Us page on the bottom right side of the database.

November 29, 2017 | ALL of the Managua, Nicaragua FM transmitter locations have been updated to EXACT locations.

December 10 2017 |  A complete update in the FM station listing for Haiti, with information received from Jean David Rodney at Conatel, as the country works to rid itself of hundreds of illegal broadcasters.

January 15, 2018 |  Panama has been updated. Technical changes have been made and some station names have been changed.

May 2, 2018 | Belize and Nicaragua have been recently. Tower co-ordinates have been added to stations in Belize, Jamaica and Nicaragua. Mexico is also in the process of adding many new stations which means the Mexico database is being updated multiple times per week!

May 10, 2018 | Updated silent stations on the US database from the current FCC list of silent stations.

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Last updated May 10, 2018