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The cover of  'FRS Goes DX’ issue number 91 being published February 2nd 1990 spoke volumes:

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 Disappointing 1990 start 
"Several problems Prevented FRS-Holland from introducing its brand new programme schedule January 21st. In the mean time preparations are continuing to bring back the station on air as soon as possible. The new jingle package is almost finished.
A new German deejay, Johnny Best, will replace Danny Kay who was forced to leave the station because of personal circumstances. In contrast with what some people suggest, FRS-Holland is still looking for a suitable and reliable transmitting location to secure monthly 3rd Sunday transmissions."  FRSgoesDX 91_Jan1990_cover_50

Also February would be a FRS-less month as far as the 3rd Sunday broadcast was concerned. A second test was conducted to reach the land of Uncle Sam on February 11th. Between 06.00 and 07.50 CET a 150W signal went out on 6240. Unfortunately also this test was without the results the FRS people were hoping for. Looking back the main reason could have been the fact the aerials were hanging too low badly affecting the radiation pattern. Listeners had to wait till March 18th before hearing the first 1990 transmission, aimed at listeners in Central & Western QSL series6-Oct1990_10thAnn_front_500Europe. It was a brief 60 minute test with the 150W FRS transmitter tuned to 7307 kHz. Joop ter Zee presented the show which was received in good quality- speaking in FRS terms- from Oslo to Munich and London to Berlin .... In his show he informed the listeners about FRS' upcoming re-commencement of scheduled transmissions. And: there was something special to celebrate. It was one of the very rare- perhaps the only- occasion(s) that Joop ter Zee started up a broadcast.

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Finally on the air..
Sunday April 22nd DXers all over Europe could hear Peace from Peter loud and clear at 09.54 CET. It was the first regular FRS transmission into the 1990's and FRS was happy it could keep its promise made in FRS goes DX magazine #92: “In April we will be defenitly a FRS transmisson.” A new set of jingles was finally introduced. And: Joop ter Zee came up with a new show. No more Sound Alternatives after almost 8 years ...

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A new and most welcome voice in the FRS family was that of Johnny Best better known as 'JB'. Many German listeners knew him already from a couple of other SW stations and looking at the April mail a lot of faithful FRS listeners were quite happy knowing he had joined the FRS-Holland ranks! In his very first Show Johnny introduced a couple of new items such as Free Radio News in brief, a Free Radio Spot and a listeners' corner.
[JB contribution; extracts from his debut show on FRS April 22nd 1990--> will follow]

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