FRS History 1980-1989
At 09.45 CET the 10W rig was switched on and 4 hours and 15 minutes later FRS-H. closed down. It was decided that 6250 would become the fixed 48 mb frequency, not only a good choice but also an easy one because in those days none of the colleague hobby pirates used 6250 on a regular basis. As already previously mentioned: FRSH provided an International flavour of music and information, presented in English, German and Dutch. The introduction of a German Service was an appropriate choice because in the course of the years it became more than obvious that the majority of FRS listeners was to be found in East and West Germany although the UK also brought a good number of listeners. The following programme schedule was to be heard in the first months of FRS-Holland's broadcasting life:
A good signal was noted in large areas resulting in more than 40 letters from a total of 7 European countries. What a start !This gave a good indication of the transmitting range. The 4th Sunday of each month was chosen as FRS-Holland's fixed broadcasting day. More 4th Sun broadcasts were to be heard Sept. 28th, Oct. 26th and Nov. 23rd of 1980. Oct. 19th was a sad day because of the raid on FRS-Holland's sister-station E.M.R. Here's a programme-extract of ‘FRS Goes DX’ on Sunday October 26th in which the news about E.M.R.'s raid is read out ....
Move to third Sunday, 41 mb test
In October 1980 FRS improved the service to its listeners with the introduction of a written info package containing no less than 6 pages, supplying them with all kind of valuable info about the station. As a direct result of E.M.R. 's raid, the programme schedule was slightly adjusted as from November onwards: FRS started with E.M.R. relays between 09.30- 10.30 CET. At the same time a move was made to the 3rd Sunday. That same month FRS headed the cover of the German Köln-Dusseldorfer Kurzwelle Club (KDKC). In those days a very popular magazine among German (free radio) DXers. A good promotion! The month of December brought another very important change. Peter V. was visited by Barry Stephens and together with Bobby Speed, the FRS transmitter engineer, they tested two new 10W rigs which were sent from the UK the previous month. December 14th 1980 it was the first time that two transmitters were running in parallel from the secret FRS location. Frequencies which were used were 6250 & 7325 kHz in the 41 metre band. The FRS crew felt it would be much more efficient to add a second frequency in the 41 mb. If one frequency would suffer from interference, there was always the possibility for the listeners to switch to the second one. Besides: the 41 mb provided better possibilities for medium and long distance reception, for example in Scandinavia, France and the northern part of the UK and Scotland. The decision to use a second frequency proved to be a bull’s eye: satisfactory reception reports were received for the 14th December test broadcast, much to the satisfaction of the FRS team.