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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Broadcast information

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.

Times, frequencies
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).

Programme items
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'.

Streaming
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)!

QSL/letter policy
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!

 

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