FRS Broadcasts (when, how many)
In the 1980s and 1990s FRS-Holland followed a regular ‘3rd Sunday of the month’ schedule. As an extra the station carried out so called ‘5th Sunday of the month’ broadcasts, primarily in the first decade of our broadcasting life.
As we entered the 2000s, the sequence changed from ‘9 to 12 times’ a year to ‘once in a while’. Main reason was that at that time (shortly after Joop ter Zee’s death) the FRS crew was reduced to only two presenters being Peter Verbruggen and Mark Jones (German Service). It was a difficult time and the enthusiasm was simmering. Slowly but surely the spirit returned and that resulted in more activity (read: broadcasts). Since quite a few years FRS operates 4 to 5 times a year on short wave.
Traditionally broadcasts do take place late October and on the final December Sunday ringing out the year. This is FRS’ long time Seasonal broadcasts in which we always empheticly try to have the listener’s participation (Seasonal greetings, musical requests). Apart from these broadcasts there’s always a broadcast in the early period of the year ( February – April). Since a few years a Summer’s evening broadcast is part of our yearly schedule as well.
One side of the picture is that we only broadcast a handful of times a year. The other side however is that any FRS broadcasts lasts 5+ hours. Usually a broadcast starts at 10 CET and ends in the afternoon at 15 or 16 CET. All shows last 60 minutes apart from FRS goes DX which is split into two 30 minute editions or one 45 minute one.
FRS tries to use fixed frequencies but because short wave is often unpredictable, things can change. Think of interference from other stations, utility etc.
At the moment (2016) FRS is using 7700 kHz (39 mb) and 9900 (32 mb).
FRS-Holland’smain slogan are “A Balance between Music & Information joint to one Format, the FRS concept tasts Different, Just a bit Different.”
We try to fulfil this within our programme philosophy. Focussing on quality pop music (rarely played/ unknown tracks), DX & (Free) Radio news but also various items within the separate shows: ‘Uplink’& ‘Forgotten Pirates’ in the German Show (Jan van Dijk), landbased pirate and offshore radio items in Radiowaves (Dave Scott), the 80s Show (Paul Graham) and the FRS Golden Show (Roger Davis). FRS Magazine (Peter Verbruggen) features the Day Calendar, a look back at what happened on this day in the past.
General items are ‘The Phrase that Pays’ in which names are mentoned of listeners. When hearing your name on air , drop us a line and tell us at what time you heard us mentioning your name. You can win yourself a studio recording. ‘The listener of the month’ title is awarded (also a prize) to the one writing a most interesting letter to our headquarters. That can either be via snail mail or e-mail.In the past we had a separate listeners’ letter show (ILLS), nowadays all snail mail/ e-mails from a previous broadcast are handled within the various shows (except for FRS goes DX). Every broadcastwe look back at a particular broadcast from the past. During that broadcast we play a number of sound bytes from our programme archives and provide some interesting backround information from that particular day in the FRS history. See also 'format'.
Choosing for ‘the best of both worlds’ FRS-Holland opts for broadcasting on short wave in good old AM and digital high quality web streaming. The latter means listeners can make their choice out of two streams: [http://laut.fm/jukebox] and [http://nednl.net:8000/frsh.m3u]. Usually a stream starts following the end of shortwave broadcast. And in some cases a stream is being repeated once or twice, up to a week after the broadcast.
Detailed info about streaming is always to be found on this website (Latest News section)!
Like any serious station, FRS is keen on receiving reception reports. Ordinarily the quality of reception reports is varying quite a bit. Below is a kind of guideline, with some general (unwritten) rules listeners have to comply with….
- You should be mentioning date + time of reception, the frequency & QTH (reception location). It’s common to also name your receiver and the kind of aerial you have been using during the broadcast;
- It regurlarly happens that listeners sent digital audio files. Much appreciated as these sound files give a clear indication of reception. But often they have very meaningless titles such as [FRSH.mp3]. For us it’s much easier if you add the date, time & frequency in your title like [FRSH_Dec28th2014_7700.mp3]. It’s not much effort to do that, for us it makes things much easier. Thanks for your help!
E-mail reports will be consequently replied by Email with our e-QSL.
In case you prefer a hard-copy of our QSL (which is much more desirable to many DXers), you should write to our Herten maildrop!!
Our large size (A5!) station QSLs are printed on glossy heavy weight paper, in full colour.
Correct reception reports along with 3 US dollars or 3 Euro will be verified with our QSL. In addition we include a personal reply & a sticker. Please no IRCs, they are hardly exchangable these days!