FRS History 1990-1999
FRS goes DX bi monthly; nightly Transatlantic tests
As from May 1992 onwards ‘FRS Goes DX’ became a bi-monthly magazine and that would remain until the final edition in the second half of the 90s. In the mean time the magazine had developed from a simple newssheet to a serious magazine and...FRS goes DX became 10 years old! In the night of Saturday June 6th into Sunday June 7th FRS carried out a night time transmission via well known powerhouse LWR- Live Wire Radio from the UK. Between 01:15- 03:15 CEST the LWR signal went out on 6232, followed by another nearly 3 hours on 6224 from the FRS site. Looking at the early morning times, response was quite good with some 25 letters including reports from Newfoundland and New York, Lithuania and Russia (some 1500 km east of Moscow!). Saturday July 25th another 3 hour night time broadcast took place with the 150W FRS transmitter. Already after a few minutes technical problems – the modulator broke down- forced FRS to quit. Another transmitter with an built-in modulator was switched on but only after 20 minutes problems with the high voltage meant a definitive end of this nightly adventure. Apart from the first 20 minutes, these tapes have also become ‘collector’s tapes’. For the unofficialcelebration of the 12th anniversary, the FRS people had something special in mind: 4 hours of shows were recorded which would be aired from the magic forest: the site which was used until the raid during the period August 1980- January 1983. FRS used the 10W spare transmitter from the old days which in the mean time had been converted into a 20W rig. The broadcast took place on 6285 and was unsuccessful. Therefore a repeat was carried out on September 26th into the 27th, this time not a mobile one. That same day the broadcast was widely promoted during the annual Bürscheid meeting. However, skip made reception impossible in most parts of the usual FRS reception area. A lot of effort had been for nothing.
Following a relatively modest 11th birthday in 1991, FRS felt it was time to do something extra and the official 12th birthday celebrations took place on Sunday October 18th 1992. FRS decided to use 7425 kHz within the 41 mb and the idea was to have a second transmitter operating on 6200 kHz 48 metres. That transmitter would broadcast three times for 15 minutes a non-stop short message to make listeners aware of the 7425 programmes. During each session the message, inviting the listeners to retune to 7425, was repeated some 10 times. The messages were aired at approx. 09:25, 10:25 & 11:25 CET.