FRS History 1980-1989
Early February Peter V. contacted the people of Radio Milano Int. in Italy to look into the possibilities of having regular 3rd Sunday relays via their powerful 7295 kHz outlet. Peter received a positive answer but had to reconcile himself to the facts: leasing airtime on Radio Milano turned out to be too expensive and thus other possibilities had to be looked after. It was Barry Stephens helping FRS-Holland out, at least as far as the February 1983 transmission was concerned. An UK relay put out a reduced two hour programme schedule on February 27th. The broadcast was planned for the 20th but the programme tapes didn't arrive in time, so it went out on the 4th Sunday. Contrary to the January 30th relay, the signal on 7325, which was altered to 7317 during the last part of the broadcast, was weak and undermodulated.By the way: this was not the same relay station as the one on Januray 30th: a new and very reliable relay station was found for the next few months. And so it happened that on March 20th, only two months after the raid, FRS-Holland could recommence full programming.
On 6240 an old-fashioned solid signal was radiated across Europe. From England the news was received FRS-Holland scored a 3rd position in the Airspec News pop poll. Winner was Radio Apollo and on the number 2 position Britain Radio Int. was to be found. The German KDKC magazine published an FRS feature in their March edition. An unexpected offer for a 4 hour relay for Easter Sun April 3rd came as a gift from the Gods. Between 10.00- 14.00 CET nothing but oldies were played on 7315 kHz. Unfortunately, due to the very long skip many listeners didn't hear us at all….
Due to the special oldies broadcast, it was decided to have no 3rd Sunday broadcast in April. A new QSL was available in May and something very special was organised: an FRS Jingle contest. Listeners got the chance to record their very own FRS-Holland jingle. Talking of jingles: Bert van Leer and Joop ter Zee produced a brand new jingle package which was introduced on May 15th. Programmes went out on 7315 and between 10 and 11 CET there was a total fade out on short wave even involving the legal powerhouses disappearing as if they weren't broadcasting at all! Apart from this, there was very long skip. Although reception outside the dead zones was excellent, it was decided to have a repeat of the May transmission on June 5th. On that date a rather unique incident took place which was, according to Peter V. one of the most peculiar moments in the history of the FRS-Holland.
Within a few minutes the problem was solved via a telephone call and only FRS' transmission carried on that morning,with a good signal. The following week it was EMR's turn and apart from the relatively long skip a fine signal was heard by thousands of EMR listeners. It was the worthy end of one of the best Free Radio stations ever been on the SW bands. The end of a legend. At the moment E.M.R. disappeared from the scene, there was something good in store for the FRSH people: for the second year in succession FRS was voted as the number 1 short wave Hobby pirate by the readers of the German KDKC all the more proving FRSH's popularity in the West-Germany. E.M.R.'s June 12th transmission reduced the chances of a 3rd Sunday transmission on the 19th because of security reasons. But after long talks the OP agreed to put out FRSH on Sunday June 26th. It was one of those times everything went in a big hurry and on Saturday evening, one day before the transmission, the programme tapes arrived on the location by special messenger....