FRS History 1990-1999
Early 1992 FRS offered a new big size red & blue car sticker.
Slow start of the year & collector's items
Apart from an USA test, it would take no less than four months before the first 1992 broadcast would be made. First we look at the test: March 15th it went out on 6283 with presenters Joop ter Zee, JB and Peter Verbruggen. The actual output was no less than 700W from a transmitter purchased a few weeks earlier. Four USA reports came in. Looking at the comprehensive FRS programme library, only very few original programme tapes are missing. Reasons for missing are the raids or in the case of February 27th 1983 not being returned to the FRS headquarters. There must be at least one example of tapes which were recorded but never went on air. A proposed two hour relay on Sunday March 15th had to be cancelled because the package with programmes arrived after the weekend. Miscommunication meant that the next two weekends no further attempts were made to put them on air and in the end it was decided to leave it that way. In some way those programme cassettes have become true ‘collector’s items…
Easter Sunday April 19th things went smoothly and via the same OP who would relay us in March, another two hour broadcast went out on 6200 kHz. As from Easter onwards FRSH offered new T-shirts ánd sweat shirts and a large colour A5 size sticker.
“Bobby Speed and I drove already early that Sun morning to Belgium. Arriving at the site, we found out it couldn’t be used because of FM tests. Luckily we could use an alternative one very close to it, still in the direct vicinity of the Belgian-German border. We had to erect the aerial on the roof of a hotel. We tested at 09:25 CET and our monitoring post in Hoogeveen received a fine 6275 kHz signal despite a relatively low hanging aerial some 2 metres above the hotel roof.”
However: conditions that day were poor and response was very disappointing. Certainly when looking of all the efforts being made for this 6 hour broadcast. It were the best FRS Shows since a long time with the perhaps one of the best ever FRS presenting team consisting of Tony Mitchell, JB, Stefan Kramer, Peter Verbruggen and Joop ter Zee… JB would be doing his final FRS show as he explains in the first of the next two sound clips...
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