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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More Facts

  • Did you know that the FRS Listenersclub was founded in June 1982? Its main purpose was to strengthen the bond between station & listener. FRS Goes DX magazine was the perfect tool to fulfil this goal. In the 1990s FRS Goes DX FRSgoesDX covers110_111_400had turned into an informative, good‑looking and bi‑monthly radio magazine covering a wide range of subjects primarily linked with free radio.
  • That same year- 1982- the leading popular Dutch Free Radio Magazine, better known as FRM, produced a comprehensive two‑volume story about FRS‑Holland. Coincidence or not: shortly after part 2 was out, FRSH was raided!
  • In 1985 FRS‑Holland became the first‑ever SW pirate station to produce a video. Copies were sold all over Europe. The video showed the final FRS programme recordings in FRS' very first radio studio housed at Peter Verbruggen's attic. A second and definitive FRS video should have been produced when FRS celebrated its 20th birthday. The death of Joop ter Zee in the 2000 Summer put a spoke in our wheel and no attempts have been made since to produce a second video. By the way...there's also video footage from FRS' 10th Anniversary recording in Joop ter Zee's studio (October 1990). So far these recordings have never been published.
  • The first FRS T‑shirt must be a collector's item by now. The spot for that piece of cotton was one of the most weird and fast-moving promos ever produced by the people behind the station. Yes, you can still wear that T‑shirt, even in the church.... BTW: FRS now offers T-shirts with the official FRS logo.
  • FRS‑Holland's first address was that famous one in the United Kingdom. It was "the home" of many well‑known British stations and E.M.R.'s Barry Stephens helped us so that we too could make use of it. The address was operated by Michael Burden who was a SW enthusiast in those days. Michael was a very dedicated & reliable OP. Although it was a very long address, we must have been mentioning it hundreds of times in our programmes. Perhaps that's the reason some FRS people still can reel off that address, even in the middle of the night... Kent Place, Norwell, Newark, Nottinghamshire in the UK. We wonder how Michael Burden is doing these days.... When the Kent Place address closed down for all stations, a new Dutch address replaced it. A number of sources informed us that the P.O. Box 41, 7700 AA Dedemsvaart address was very reliable and so it was for many, many years to come. Until the moment arrived when the packages containing our letters became very irregular. That was the moment for Peter Verbruggen to decide to start looking for a brand new one. After looking around for a few months Peter came up with the P.O. Box 2727, 6049 ZG Herten address. After some 8 years, it was in July 1989 that the Dedemsvaart address was exchanged for the Herten maildrop. In February 2001 FRS was forced against its will to change 2727 into P.O. Box 2702. And this address is still used much to the satisfaction of the FRS crew (and a number of collague stations as well).

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