FRS History 1990-1999
In September the preparations for the FRS Birthday transmission ánd the ‘10 years documentary’ started continuing till the end of October 1990. Peter produced the script for what would become a lively 4½ hour documentary entitled ’10 Years in the Life of FRS-Holland’. Joop and Peter did the voice-over work and several FRS deejays from past and present gave assistance to complete this fascinating story., the story you are listening to right now! Joop was responsible for the mixing and mastering part of the job. Many, many hours were spent to come up with the definitive FRS Story. The story starts in the late 70s guiding you- in chronicle order- through the 80s. Facts, background info, contributions from numerous FRS presenters, jingles and programme extracts from the large FRS programme library…these were the main ingredients. By the end of October 1990 the documentary was finished and a promo spot was recorded (sound clips: Promo plus the first part of the documentary).
10th Anniversary on air celebrations
The FRS 10th anniversary should have been celebrated in August 1990 but due to various circumstances it was decided to wait another two months. Looking back not a bad decision! Propagation conditions on October 21st happened to be superb. To secure a fine signal in the UK, FRS contacted a very reliable UK station. Much to our surprise the OP agreed, we knew that he usually wasn’t in for relays. A second relay would come from the European continent. The original idea was to include the 10 years documentary in the birthday programming. However, the documentary lasted no less than 270 minutes and together with the
presenters’ programmes that would be much too long. Therefore we decided to do put out the documentary on a different date. October 14th all former and current Dutch FRS deejays got together in Joop ter Zee’s studio and the FRS Birthday Party was recorded. Two video camcorders were shooting video footage. On Saturday October 20th at 17:00 hours, one day before the actual anniversary broadcast would go out, a familiar voice contacted Petrer Verbruggen via the phone making an offer Peter could not refuse. Less than 1½ hours later Speed & Verbruggen drove in a car loaded with transmitting equipment to a secret location. The person offered to do the complete 4½ hour broadcast from his location. At 19:00 hours FRS was testing on 7490 kHz. A few calls learnt that it was a powerful signal. That evening it was decided to use 7308 the following day. On Sunday October 21st the official start would be at 09.55 CET. As we were willing to occupy 6240, a popular frequency, that transmitter would already be switched on at 09.25 putting out non stop music. Bad enough 6240 was already occupied and the relay OP switched to 6245, much too close to Vatican Radio. At 09:40 CET there also was a FRS signal on 7310. For us a mystery! The signal had a two minute delay compared with 6245. At that moment we realized that if the unknown station would stay on 7310, there would be interference with the proposed 7308 outlet. To avoid any problems, a quick decision had to be taken and at 09:48, only 7 minutes before the programmes would commence, 7490 was decided to be the definitive 41 mb channel. At 09:55 CET FRS officially started with programmes on 6290 from the UK and in addition 6245, 7310 and 7490. Already 8 minutes later the 6245 signal moved to 6275. At 10:19 7310 went silent but the signal continued on 7290 till 13.00 hours. All other signals would sign off between 14:30 and 14:39. Our own transmitter on 7490 was putting out 90W, the 6275 outlet 120W, the 6290 UK based outlet 20W. And the mystery relay on 7310 & 7290? It happened to be a friend of the one relaying us on 6275 we found out that morning: he used 40W. As an extra Bobby Speed used the 7490 signal on his receiver as modulation input for carrying out an extra channel being 9985 kHz. Power was 40W. The favourable propagation that morning plus the use of several frequencies made that Sunday an unforgettable Sunday with more than 100 letters being received from 13 countries. Apart from the aforementioned FRS Birthday Show with Bert van Leer, Gerd, Frankie Fanatic, Bobby Speed, Fred van Es, Peter Verbruggen and Joop ter Zee, the voices of Mark Stafford & Johnny Best were heard.