Telemax (television network)

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Type Terrestrial television network
Country Mexico
Availability National
Owner Televisora de Hermosillo
(Government of the State of Sonora)
Launch date
15 (statewide virtual channel)
Official website

Telemax is a Mexican broadcast television network based in Hermosillo, Sonora. Its flagship station is XEWH-TDT in Hermosillo, and is available nationally through satellite and cable coverage. It is also available through a network of over-the-air repeaters, which extend its flagship station's coverage throughout Sonora. Telemax is owned by the State of Sonora and its stated mission is "to promote Sonoran culture and values, the works and programs of the government, and timely and truthful broadcast of information to various social segments of the population."


XEWH history[edit]

The history of television station XEWH precedes that of Telemax by over 30 years. Founded November 27, 1957 by the Azcarraga family, XEWH went on the air May 30, 1959 as part of Telesistema Mexicano, hence the callsign XEWH, from "XEW", the Telesistema Mexicano flagship station in Mexico City, and "H", for Hermosillo. As typical of Telesistema Mexicano stations, XEWH operated independently, but that changed in 1969. The station became a mere retransmitter of programs from Mexico City, likely from XEW-TV, and remained so until 1978, when it was acquired by local businessmen and broke away to resume producing local programming. In 1984, the station was sold to the Sonoran government. State government decree 369 on August 22, 1985 established XEWH as the official voice of the Sonoran government. Also in 1985, the government began building a network of low-power television stations throughout Sonora to rebroadcast XEWH.

XEWH is one of the few public television stations in Mexico to operate under a concession, or commercial license. Its transmitter is located on Cerro La Cementera in Hermosillo along with those for Hermosillo's other television stations.

In March 2018, in order to facilitate the repacking of TV services out of the 600 MHz band (channels 38-51), XEWH was assigned channel 19 for continued digital operations.

Telemax history[edit]

The year 1990 saw the launch of Telemax, a new identity for the state-run television station. The initial construction of the statewide network was coming to a close, but as Telemax, the number of stations in the network increased rapidly. Seven stations were added in 1996, and 26 more were added in 1997, bringing the number of stations to 58.

In 2015, Telemax changed its format radically to offer half-hour newscasts at the top of the hour on weekdays, as well as educational programming on weekends. The network relaunch included a new logo and slogan, #TuVozSeEscucha (Your Voice is Heard), as well as an emphasis on social media interaction. On September 8, 2015, Telemax went HD and launched 17 HD transmitters.


On weekdays Telemax's programming is heavy on news programming. The station's live shows begin at 6:30am with the morning program Despierta Sonora and for most of the day mix the half-hour newscasts (and some hour-long shows, at 2 and 8pm) with other shows focusing on topics including health and sports.

On the weekends Telemax produces no newscasts and carries large quantities of national educational programming, as well as some of its own productions like Conociendo Sonora and a Sunday Mass.


The following television transmitters, all owned by the Government of the State of Sonora, broadcast Telemax programming.[1]

RF VC Callsign Location ERP
14 15 XHADO-TDT Adivino .036 kW
22 15 XHAPS-TDT Agua Prieta 2.5 kW
22 15 XHALM-TDT Álamos .15 kW
22 15 XHACH-TDT Arivechi .267 kW
14 15 XHAZP-TDT Arizpe .13 kW
14 15 XHALS-TDT Atil
14 15 XHBNI-TDT Bacadehuachi
14 15 XHBCA-TDT Bacanora .023 kW
16 15 XHBAC-TDT Bacerac
14 15 XHBCI-TDT Bacoachi
30 15 XHBAS-TDT Banamichi
14 15 XHBVA-TDT Baviacora 0.7 kW
14 15 XHBVE-TDT Bavispe .3 kW
14 15 XHBNL-TDT Benjamin Hill
36 15 XHCAS-TDT Caborca 2.5 kW
43 15 XHCCS-TDT Cananea 25 kW
15 15 XHCRO-TDT Carbó
43 15 XHCOJ-TDT Ciudad Obregón 36 kW[2]
14 15 XHRPS-TDT Cucurpe
34 15 XHCPS-TDT Cumpas
16 15 XHDVS-TDT Divisaderos
19 15 XHFAS-TDT Fronteras
28 15 XHGDS-TDT Granados
18 15 XHSGU-TDT Guaymas 5 kW
40 15 XEWH-TDT Hermosillo 40 kW
14 15 XHHCH-TDT Huachinera
18 15 XHHAS-TDT Huasabas
19 15 XHIMS-TDT Imuris .05 kW
14 15 XHMDS-TDT Magdalena de Kino .05 kW
34 15 XHMZN-TDT Mazatan
31 15 XHMOS-TDT Moctezuma 0.7 kW
33 15 XHNAC-TDT Naco .036 kW
14 15 XHNCO-TDT Nácori Chico
14 15 XHNGE-TDT Nácori Grande
22 15 XHNCZ-TDT Nacozari 1 kW
14 15 XHONV-TDT Onavas
15 15 XHOQT-TDT Oquitoa
48 15 XHPES-TDT Puerto Peñasco 2.5 kW
16 15 XHQBI-TDT Querobabi .05 kW
15 15 XHRON-TDT Rayon
35 15 XHRSO-TDT Rosario .2 kW
20 15 XHSPA-TDT Sahuaripa 1 kW
18 15 XHSFS-TDT San Felipe de Jesús
14 15 XHSJR-TDT San Javier
30 15 XHRCS-TDT San Luis Río Colorado 10.2 kW
14 15 XHSPE-TDT San Pedro de la Cueva
15 15 XHSAS-TDT Santa Ana
14 15 XHSCZ-TDT Santa Cruz
14 15 XHSIC-TDT Saric
14 15 XHSSE-TDT Sásabe
17 15 XHSQP-TDT Sinoquipe
14 15 XHSYT-TDT Sonoyta
35 15 XHSYO-TDT Soyopa
34 15 XHSGE-TDT Suaqui Grande
14 15 XHTCE-TDT Tepache
14 15 XHUES-TDT Ures 1.9 kW
14 15 XHVHO-TDT Villa Hidalgo
31 15 XHVPA-TDT Villa Pesqueira
39 15 XHYES-TDT Yécora .132 kW

Telemax programming also airs on KPHE-LD channel 44.2 in Phoenix, Arizona and on KUDF-LD channel 14.2 in Tucson, Arizona.


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2015-03-22. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  2. ^ RPC: XHCOJ-TDT authorization

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