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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Programme Philosophy

The success of FRS‑Holland is certainly closely connected to the programme philosophy of the station. Even before any regular Sunday broadcasts began, Peter Verbruggen and the others realized that it was of great importance to develop a strong programme formula to entertain the listeners in the best possible way. Because of the international character of Short Wave transmissions, we felt it was a must to present multilingual programmes enabling listeners to hear their own language or an easy understandable language. Of course the staple diet of most SW pirates was in those days music. It's difficult to give a guideline but a purely top 40 or hard rock format could only satisfy a part of the audience. Therefore FRS chose to play different styles including top 40, new wave, oldies, rock album tracks etc.
And of course it is not only the music which makes short wave interesting. There's an ingredient which is thought to be equally or even more important: information. A DX show would fulfil the needs of many radio listeners simply because most of them are true radio enthusiasts and love to hear radio news. Peter Verbruggen succeeded in getting an informative show off the ground, with the help of numerous contributors. Preparing a serious & informative DX‑show is an enormously time‑consuming exercise and it's up to the presenter/producer to find ways to collect all that news. In those 30+ years a solid web of correspondents & contributors has been shaped guaranteeing the listeners a 45 or even 60 minute show packed with the latest info from the wonderful world of wireless. A mailbag show is also a potential information show and right from the very first transmission a mailbag show was part of FRS' programming. Nowadays letters are spread among the different shows rather than putting out a specific mailbag show. All ingredients are mixed up to one acceptable, well considered programme format offering the listening audience true Sunday entertainment in the best possible way. The many letters we've been receiving indicate we have been and still are on the right track!

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