Akai DB4000 tape recorder

Akai DB4000 tape recorder

This one was used for producing our first jingle sets

FRS 40th Anniversary CD

FRS 40th Anniversary CD

Front of 2020 FRS Souvenir CD 

Joop ter Zee

Joop ter Zee

Joop ter Zee in first FRS studio August 1980

Dateq mixing desk

Dateq mixing desk

The 8-channel mixing desk  in PV's studio

7700 tx

7700 tx

Part of the 7700 tx

Cassette Player

Cassette Player

Hanging in tree to avoid RF feedback (in Magic Forest 1981)

Peace

Peace

Cover 'Peace' CD (original station tune since 1980)

FRS Logo

FRS Logo

The FRS logo (with headphone)

Patch & DBX

Patch & DBX

Part of the Patchbay & DBX mic processor

FRS Booklet

FRS Booklet

Cover 40th Anniversary booklet

FRS 10W txs

FRS 10W txs

The original trunk on location with two 10W txs

40W rig

40W rig

40W tx never used (confiscated in Jan. 1983)

8-track Jingle machine

8-track Jingle machine

Used in the early years

Rode mic

Rode mic

Rode broadcaster (studio mic)

SRS Award

SRS Award

SRS  (Sweden) Award 1997

QSL 40th Anniversary

QSL 40th Anniversary

This special QSL was issued in Nov. 2020

FRS goes DX scripts

FRS goes DX scripts

Handwritten scripts were commom inthe 1980s

Pams Jingle Master

Pams Jingle Master

Original tape master from Pams (1987)

Magic Forest

Magic Forest

Between Aug.1980- Jan.1983 all broadcasts emanated from the Magic Forest

Optimod

Optimod

The Optimod is used for the audio processing

QSL Febr. 2007

QSL Febr. 2007

Special QSL issued for broadcast #153

Antennas

Antennas

Antennas for different freqs

QSL July 1980

QSL July 1980

First QSL issued for first successful test 

Valves in 10W tx

Valves in 10W tx

807, L6L & ECC82

Mail

Mail

Many letters from many countries

Studio Dave Scott

Studio Dave Scott

Dave Scott's studio

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FRS goes DX

If there's one show we have to mention surviving all those 30 years, the answer is quite easy: FRS Goes DX. The first edition went out as part of FRS-Holland's debut broadcast on Sunday August 31st 1980. Ever since the programme has been part of FRS-Holland’s programming, looking at regular Sunday broadcasts. FRS Goes DX started as a 30 minute show being a mix up of information & music. It would take just over 2 years before the programme was extended to 45 minutes. That was in  November 1983. The programme now focused entirely on news and music wasn't played anymore. In the late 1990s and 2000s a number of editions lasted 60 minutes although 45 minutes remained the common length. But: just before and after 2010 several editions were split into two separate 30 minute editions rather than a 60 minute one. All in all there are very few regular broadcasts without FRS Goes DX. One example is December 1993 when FRS Goes DX was lacking... Certainly there will be a few more Sundays but you may take it for granted that more than 170 editions of FRS Goes DX have been aired. Handwritten scripts FRS goes DX 1

Unfortunately the Free Radio News share has dropped a bit over the years because of less activity. One example is that in the 80s the London Free Radio scene was part of FRS Goes DX. There were always enough interesting items regarding the many London AM & FM pirates like Radio Jackie, Radio Horizon, Thames Side Radio and Radio Invicta. Barry Stephens was our main London contributor. The current London scene isn't as lively as it was and isn't reported in FRS Goes DX anymore. Another major explanation is of course the lack of Offshore Radio stations. FRS Goes DX carried more than a handful of interesting report covering historic moments in the history of Offshore Radio. To mention a few: the raid on Radio Paradise in the summer of 1981; the new start of Radio Caroline from the Ross Revenge August 1983; the tests and start of Laser 558 in 1984; Laser's demise in November 1985; Laser Hot Hits' start in November 1986 and of course the end of Radio Caroline's broadcasts from the North Sea. No doubt the Free Radio items have been replaced by more so called 'News from around the World' items. Looking at the response from listeners, these items are much appreciated too! Apart from up-to-date items, FRS Goes DX also produces special reports about interesting radio related topics. Just think of for instance internet radio, the future of SW radio or DRM. Items which were covered in the past years.

In the early days the whole FRS Goes DX script was completely handwrittenFRSgoesDXmanuscript Dec1989_50, FRSgoesDXmanuscript May1987_50then replaced by using a type-writer and then by a computer. In the meantime the FRS Goes DX archive contains over 2,000 pages of radio news. Preparations for a 45 min. edition can easily take up to some 15 hours... realize that every item is completely put on paper. Apart from the aforementioned correspondent Barry Stephens, we made use of US citizen Al Muick who used to cover Free Radio news from the States. Al had his very own regular section in 1981. Sadly he could not continue for private reasons. Without bragging it is obvious that FRS Goes DX is one of the very few serious DX Shows within the current SW scene. And that for already more than three decades!

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