FRS History 1990-1999
All was settled on Tuesday November 27th: the just finished new FRS documentary should be aired on Sunday December 2nd 10:00-14:30 CET on 6275 kHz. That Friday (November 30th) the tapes were forwarded by EMS (special messenger). A 'guarantee' that the package would be delivered next day before 09:00 CET! The next day we received a telephone call the tapes didn't arrive. And that meant 'Goodbye December 2nd broadcast'. And so it happened that the definitive FRS 10 years documentary went out on Sunday Decenber 9th 1990. What we did that Sunday was in FRS terms ‘Just a bit different’… The 4½ hours were aired over four different transmitters from 4 completely different sites. Output powers ranged from 100 to 200W. Every time another transmitter would take over, the responsible Ops called with each other to achieve smooth change overs. Afterwards there were hardly any remarks from listeners making remarks about varying signal strengths… On Sunday December 23rd FRS would ring out 1990 with a 4 hour broadcast on 7558 kHz. Response on this broadcast happened to be rather disappointing. Perhaps a bit too much following the previous festive broadcasts… That month German presenter Stefan Kramer made his debut show taking turns with the other German presenter Johnny Best.
How did Stefan Kramer got involved with FRS-Holland? He explains... [Stefan Kramer contribution--> will follow]
What kept FRS going...a few reflections
December1990 FRS-Holland had survived just over a decade in which many other stations disappeared. What kept FRS going despite several set-backs and, when will be the end was an interesting topic 20 years ago. What was PV’s opinion?
And what was Joop ter Zee's personal view in back in 1990?
Here’s some technical info relating to the situation in the late 80s and 1990: every FRS presenter recorded his programmes in his own private studio. These shows were re-recorded on the actual programme cassettes in Peter V.'s studio. Important is the use of an equalizer and a compressor/limiter. The equalizer cuts off parts of the frequency range which are unnecessary for SW broadcasts. The output of the equalizer runs through a limiter/compressor and the final result is an extremely compact sound. The original 10W rigs contained 3 valves: an ECC 82 & 6L6 for the modulation and a self -oscillating 807 for those 10W of power. It were transmitters meant for mobile use, running at a 400V high tension coming from a so-called inverter which was linked with a 12V DC car-battery. The 1990s FRS transmitter has a power of 150W as already mentioned. It had no built-in modulator like the little 10W rigs. A seperate modulator took care of a loud and clear sound which really was and is very important when broadcasting on SW. Coming back to the subject of the two 10W transmitters which were confiscated during the Jan. 1983 raid: the wooden suitcase, containing these first FRS transmitters, hasn't been destroyed but has found its niche in a building which is part of the HQ of the Dutch radio investigation service. In the eyes of the RCD officers that suitcase with the transmitters was very unique All equipment which is to be seen in a sort of pirate museum was being used to educate new officers being under training.