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1982

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Long skip, Listenersclub
During the April broadcast FRS was forced to leave 7315 because Radio Woodstock, a Scottish station, used 7315 too. This was, to say the least, strange knowing FRS already continuously used 7315 since January 1981. However, FRS still got a 7325 x-tal and so most of the broadcast took place on this channel. Coincident or not, just like May 1981, the May 1982 broadcast was aired on a 4th Sunday, this time for internal organizational reasons
. How difficult it sometimes was to get the aerials properly in the trees was proved by the fact work was finished only 2 minutes before the planned commencement on May 23rd. For the second time in succession 7325 had to be used, this time it was caused by a teleprinter. One week later the second 5th Sunday 1982 broadcast went by without incidents. June 20th could have been one of those normal 3rd Sundays, however a strange skip long-shortphenomenon called long skip surfaced making things rather confusing. It was in fact the very first time FRS-Holland experienced the effects of such strange conditions: a relatively low number of letters but on the other hand reports from remote countries as far away as Italy and Finland! For many faithful FRS listeners reception was impossible simply because they were living within the so called dead zone, an area which was skipped by the signal’s sky wave. Particularly in the summer period long skip conditions could greatly affecting a broadcast witness the fact that FRS could hardly be received in the Netherlands during the July 18th transmission. One thing may not be forgotten: it was June 1982 when the FRS Listenersclub was officially founded. Main idea behind this club was informing dedicated FRS listeners in detail about FRS by means of a monthly magazine entitled FRS Goes DX. Also the offshore scene and short wave free radio scene were covered in the mag. Through the years FRS Goes DX developed into a good-looking and very informative and up-to-date magazine, read by people spread around the world. July 1982, saw George Strong's farewell show only after having presented the German Show for only five months. Michael was his successor being the 3rd presenter of the German Service within two years.

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The fact that FRS-Holland was responsible for putting out its own programmes could result in funny, strange, unexpected but also risky situations as already having put forward earlier in this story. Hear P.V.'s story how he got out of a very tricky situation August 15th 1982 ....

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The reason for the curiosity of the police could be simply explained: they found my car unlocked on that rather strange spot near the road. Because of the hurry we were in, both FRS people forgot to lock Peter's car.

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