FRS History 1980-1989

In Memory of Tom Taylor/ E.M.R.

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It was December 1980, not long after the raid, that Tom visted me taking with him two 10W SW rigs. Both of us went to the FRS site December 14th carrying out a very first test on two frequencies in parallel. From that moment, thanks to Tom, FRS could move on on two parallel frequencies: 6250 and 7315!

Sunday February 15th was a rather sad day for many dedicated SW listeners. European Music Radio, the legendary UK SW hobby pirate, made its final regular 3rd Sunday transmission. More than a 100 letters poured in! I was very happy that day E.M.R.'s signals got out very well on 6250//7315 kHz from our site.  And Tom was happy as well!  It would be the last time he used the Kent Place address. Since Tom had always been so helpful and cooperative, FRSH was more than happy to have been doing  something in return.

E.M.R. continued until June 12th 1983. That day saw the worthy end of one of the best Free Radio stations ever been on the SW bands. The end of a legend. For the time being… There’s an interesting anecdote  about this final broadcast originally planned on May 29th. .

Following E.M.R.’s closure Tom continued on FRS until July 1985. He then sent me a lot of E.M.R.’s original programme cassettes.

I was very honoured he asked me to be his ‘best man’ at his wedding in August 1983. Tom’s interest in SW free radio remained but in the later 1980s the level of our contacts reduced. My guess is that private circumstances were causing this. Time went on and it even seemed Tom had lost interest in radio (which I think was certainly nót the case).

In February 1996 Tom unexpectedly returned within the SW free radio scene with its own 180W transmitter, still being illegally! From that moment onwards our contact was intensified. Tom told me he was determined to bring back E.M.R. on a regular basis. And so he did  though mostly for a maximum of 3 hours per broadcast.

In 2001 Tom re-joined the FRS ranks for 9 months using the name Steven Reath. Early 2002 he told me he would fully concentrate on E.M.R. November 2002 marked the start of legal transmissions via numerous mainly European outlets including the IRRS, Ulbroka Latvia, WBCQ USA, Wertachtal, Channel 292 and MV Baltic Radio in Germany (among others). Tom was very proud with the celebration of E.M.R.’s 30th Anniversary in April 2006. E.M.R. continued on 3rd Sundays for most of the year- just like in the old days- with mostly two presenters being Tom, now using his real name on air (since E.M.R.’s legal broadcasts), Mike Taylor (until 2015) and Tony Curry (until 2017).

E.M.R.’s 40th Anniversary took place a few years ago in 2016. A milestone!

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