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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Statistics & more...

If we talk about 35 years FRS‑Holland, all kind of figures can be found in the archives of the station. Here are just a few:

  • So far almost 183 regular Sunday transmissions have been aired (tests and special broadcasts are not included);
  • Approximately 7,000 listener's letters (including e-mails) were received between 1980 and 2014;
  • Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall most of those letters came from Western Germany and the GDR (German Democratic Republic), nowadays most mail is coming from Germany;
  • All these letters came from a total of just over 50 countries covering four continents. You want to know what countries?? Here we go: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belorussia, Brasil, Canada, Chili, China, Czechia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, the GDR, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, the USA, Venezuela, West Germany & Wales;
  • And then the subject of QSL‑cards: the very first one was issued in August 1980 and ever since 35+ different cards (including a number of series) with different logos have been issued including various special QSLs for X‑Mas and Birthday purposes. Among the more unique QSLs is the one containing a colour photo of the two 10W FRS transmitters in that wooden trunk and the one which was issued on the occasion of FRS‑Holland's 10th birthday back in 1990. Quite unique are also the millennium QSL, the one issued for the Joop ter Zee memorial back in October 2000 and the FRS Studio, FRS Transmitter and FRS Through the Years Series. 
  • In October 1994 ‘FRS Goes DX’ magazine published the results of a comprehensive survey covering the SW listening audience. The questions were all about 'listeners’ habits. At that time most listeners used a Sony ICF 2001D receiverSony ICF-2001D and 67% an external antenna. Most listeners could be found in the 20‑45 year age category. Some 60% of the SW free radio listeners tuned in each weekend, 48 metres was the most popular band. We were interested to know why were people tuning in to the SW free radio stations: 50% were trying to catch as many stations as possible while just over 35% listened as long as to one station as possible. The conclusion was that zapping (aka band scanning) was the most common way of listening. And then the proof that the majority of listeners cared about the programme output: only 8% listened to QSO‑ing contrasting sharply with the 50% preferring informative programmes and 40% preferring musical shows. Luckily over 90% of the listeners responded to the stations: 49% now and then and 45% regularly.

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