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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Special moments (2)

The Free Radio Service Holland would perhaps have never made it onto the air without the indespensable help of Barry Stephens. In the late 70s British stations ruled the SW airwaves and European Music Radio, Barry's brainchild, was the most popular station of them all. Right from the beginning FRS-Holland had close bonds with EMR and Barry. No surprise then that Peter V. stepped into SW radio via EMR: he hosted the Dutch service on EMR in 1979 & 1980. When EMR was raided October 1980, FRSH started relaying EMR on a regular basis. As a result of the raid on FRSH in January 1983, it was impossible to continue the EMR relays. Barry Stephens decided to close down E.M.R. for good and Peter arranged a Dutch relay for E.M.R.'s very final SW broadcast which took place on May 29th 1983. However: the party was spoilt because the E.M.R. tapes didn't arrive in time at the location. The result was that the broadcast was moved to June 12th. One week earlier, on June 5th, FRSH was on the air with a repeat of the May 15th (don't get confused by all those dates...) broadcast which had badly been affected by poor conditions. But what happened? When FRSH started broadcasting on 7317 kHz via a British relay on June 5th , E.M.R. commenced broadcasting on the very same frequency via the aforementioned Dutch relay. It appeared the Dutch OP was mistaken and switched on his transmitter a week too early !! For some 10 minutes sister stations E.M.R. & FRS-Holland were interfering with each other, a rather unique but also funny incident!

The first time that strange propagation conditions seriously influenced a FRSH 3rd Sunday broadcast was on May 15th 1983. A strange phenemenon‑ something what was totally unknown to the station‑ happened that day:... long skip. The signal was totally inaudible for more than an hour although Peter Verbruggen listened at a 300 km distance from the FRS transmitting site. He was rather confused, so were quite a number of listeners who thought that the broadcast had been cancelled. That day the terms "dead zone" & "long skip" were added to Peter's vocabulary.
When FRS first started, the crew were hardly aware of things like propagation & 11 year sunspot cycle. It was only years later that it was realised that during and after the period of  FRS‑Holland's start, broadcasting, conditions were very favourable to say the least. No doubt that greatly contributed to the fact the 10,000 mW signal was doing so well all over the place. One of the best periods as far as listener's feedback is concerned was between October 1981 and March 1982.

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