FRS History 1980-1989
New lay out for 'FRS goes DX'
Not only the work on the station continued. 'FRS Goes DX' magazine was some kind of continuation of FRS-Holland and in the month of July the magazine got a fresh and new lay-out, new columns were introduced and the number of pages was increased from 16 to 20. Better print facilities enabled the makers to put photos in the magazine as well. In July FRS was off air. One of the highlights of 1988 was August 28th when the 8th birthday was celebrated. At the same moment it was the 80th regular FRS 3rd Sun broadcast. One must get confused of all those 'eights' ... Once in a few years FRS Birthday parties had been celebrated on air and 1988 was one of those occasions a great deal of time was spent to do something 'extra'. The FRS celebrations- including a 55 minute documentary- could be heard on no less than 3 frequencies - 7290 (18W), 6225 (200W) & 6286 (15W)- from three different broadcasting sites. The broadcast was a huge success with a good signal on 7290 and even better signals on the two 48 mb frequencies. Just over 65 letters was the finest birthday present the FRS team could think of.... (hear two audio files;click on the icon-arrow-down to make a choice)
From this month onwards FRS goes DX magazine was sent from Belgium, a dramatic cut in the P&P costs. For October it was decided to move to 6225 in order to avoid interference with Radio Fax. The latter's signal came from the Radio Rainbow transmitting location on the east coast of the Irish Republic. October 16th a superb signal was radiated during the first part of the broadcast, till 11.10 CET (once again during the Danny Kay Show...). Then suddenly the modulation disappeared and less than a minute later also the carrier. What were Peter V.'s thoughts at that moment?
“In one or another way I had an anxious foreboding. But of course I was hoping it would be a minor technical problem with the modulation or so. When the carrier disappeared I broke into a cold sweat. I called somebody who on his turn had already called our relay-station. So he was aware of the situation and reassured me that it was only a technical problem. A relief .... When I was walking back to my receiver, the phone rang again. It was the person himself relaying us and when asking him what went on his answer was quite explicit: he had been raided.”