FRS History 1980-1989
On Sunday January 5th & 12th 1986 no Delmare signal was observed on 6205 making the FRS people rather suspicious.
Contacting Johan Rood learned that the transmitter was not operational due to technical problems. He added it would be very difficult to obtain some of the parts which were badly needed to repair the big transmitter. Direct result was there were no FRS activities in January and February (and March, April & May would see as well no Delmare relays). That didn't keep Joop ter Zee from producing a number of fresh jingles. In the mean time Peter V. had to show patience....he waited till March and when finding out there was no progress at all in Belgium, he decided to try and find a new relay station as long as Delmare would be off air. A number of stations were approached and this resulted in two serious contacts with the IRRS and Radio Rainbow, both from the Republic of Ireland. It was agreed that on every 2nd Sunday a one hour relay would emanate from the Rainbow outlet on 6240 while on the 3rd & 4th Sunday the IRRS would air the complete FRS programming, 3 hours for each Sunday. Spring 1986 a new info-sheet was produced.
The period between May 18th and June 15th must have been rather confusing, not only for the listener but even for the persons involved with FRSH. In 28 days no less than 7 transmissions were to be aired and that's to this very day a FRS-Holland record. A few things happened which need some explanation and weren't expected. Sunday May 18th and 25th the very first 1986 FRS programmes were put on the air, respectively via Radio Rainbow on 6240 (May 18th 10-11 CEST) and the IRRS (May 25th) on 6225 3 hours). The trouble with these transmissions was both were broadcasted one week too late. Not the stations were to be blamed but the postal services since the two parcels were sent by special messenger. Both were delivered more than a week after being sent. A big shame!
Sunday June 1st saw the unexpected return of the Delmare transmitter. As FRS-Holland could quickly anticipate to this new situation, the May programmes, which would go out via the IRRS, were copied and also sent to P.O.Box 36 in Antwerp. And so it happened that the May programmes not only went out via the IRRS but also via Delmare's 6205 outlet. Signal-strength was very good but the modulation left much to be desired.