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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The Beginning (part 2)

Sunday August 31st 1980 marked FRS‑Holland's debut on SW. At 09:45 CET the 10W rig was switched on and 4 hours and 15 minutes later FRSH closed down. The first official 48 mb frequency was 6250 kHz in the 48 mb. FRS provided an international flavour of music & information presented in English, German & Dutch. The first‑ever programme schedule was as follows:

  • 10.00 English Service ‑ Barry Stephens
  • 10.30 German Service ‑ Chris
  • 11.00  Musical Express ‑ Fred van Es
  • 11.45  FRS Goes DX ‑ Peter Verbruggen
  • 12.15  Album Show ‑ Frankie Fanatic
  • 12.45  FRS Golden Show ‑ Joop ter Zee
  • 13.15  ILLS‑ Joop & Peter
  • 14.00  Close down.

FRSH continued with 4th Sunday of the month broadcasts but that changed in December 1980 as a result of the raid on sister station European Music Radio: FRSH moved to the 3rd Sunday.

December 1980 brought another very important improvement. Barry Stephens came to Holland and with him two 10W short wave transmitters. On Sunday December 14th 1980 FRS‑Holland tested on 7325, running in parallel with 6250. 41 metres did very well and one week later FRS made its first a 3rd Sunday transmission, it was also the first time that two frequencies were used for a scheduled transmission. Both transmitters were built‑in in a wooden suitcase. Already at 07:30 GMT that morning a special 60 minute test to North America was carried out but problems with the car battery meant the test had to be cancelled after only 15 minutes. At 08:30 GMT EMR was relayed for 60 minutes followed by a 4 hour FRS X‑Mas special, the birth of a long tradition.

Most X‑Mas transmissions were recorded with several FRS jocks together in the main studio adding something extra to the programmes.
For the technical minded among you: the first two transmitters had an output of 10W, consisting of a self oscillating 807, a 6L6 and an ECC86 valve for the modulation part. You could achieve a loud and crystal clear modulation with these tiny X‑tal controlled units.

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