FRS History 1990-1999
IRRS relays & 18th Anniversary
To give you a complete picture: in the period September- December 1998 several relays took place via the SWRS: September 6th, 19th, 20th, October 18th and December 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 25th,27th & 28th. All shows were recorded by Joop ter Zee & Peter Verbruggenand some of them went out more than one time.Back now to the festive 18th birthday broadcast in October. The full four hour programming went out on the 25th between 09.00-13.00 UTC on 6240 kHz/48 metres via two familiar relay stations; they already had relayed FRS in the late 80s and early 90s. Conditions that day were very good and apart from the first hour (fading) we provided strong signals in several European countries. Programme output consisted of music from the FRS era 1980-1998, blocks of programme extracts, information etc. Everything went fine until 14.50 CET when technical problems forced us to close down. At that moment some 10 minutes were left. Most encouraging were the great number of positive comments about our programme output. That’s what it is all about!
New logo; test new transmitter; X-Mas radio
In October a completely new FRS logo was introduced and as a result new stickers and QSLs with the logo were printed. The logo was designed by Joop ter Zee’s talented girl friend Willy. On the logo the station name, a globe, the colours red, white & blue and our slogan ‘Just a bit different.’ Up till today FRS uses this logo although in a slightly edited form on the website.
In December Joop ter Zee completed a package of new German & English jingles. Voice-overs came from good old Nolan from the U.S.A. and former FRS presenter Johnny Best who willingly helped out his ‘old’ mates. [Mix of new 1998 jingles from Nolan & JB]
On Sunday December13th FRSH tested a new transmitter on 6210 kHz. The test commenced at 11:15 UTC following the close down of sister-station E.M.R. putting out a regular 2½ hour show that morning. Signal-quality was satisfactory knowing it was only 50W we were putting out. The December 13th test was in preparation for the X-Mas Party which was planned for Sunday December 20th 09.00-13.30 UTC on a frequency within the 48 mb. Part of the programming would be two 30 minute ‘FRS Goes DX-Mas’ editions, great music (covering 4 decades) and reading out many of the letters we had been receiving for our October 25th broadcast. FRS was be heard in German & English with Mark Jones, Peter Verbruggen & Joop ter Zee. But what happened on Sunday the 20th? At 09.52 CET nothing but silence was to be heard on 6240 kHz. Serious and unexpected technical problems prevented FRS to start up the broadcast. Via our friends in Hoogeveen, the new transmitter was repaired already one day later and December 27th FRS radiated the spirit of X-Mas radio with 50W on 6240. Signal quality however was
relatively poor compared with the test on December 13th. It was already mentioned that a number of relays went out via the SWRS. Over the X-Mas 1998 period between December 18th and January 6th FRSH took part in the Second Contest Euro pirate “Memorial Michel Ravigneaux”. During this period FRS was to be heard (among a great number of colleguer stations) on 7590 and 11470 kHz (in USB). Looking back at 1998 we could sincerely say it was quite an active year for FRS-Holland with a total of 7 regular 3rd/4th Sunday broadcasts. The most active year for a long time…
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