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"Sunday October 16th...at 10.02 CET Peter Verbruggen kicked off and played the first record on 41 metres: 'The Spirit of Radio'. Could it be more appropriate?? At the same time the anniversary programming was already for a long time running on 48 metres. Before 48 metres was switched on from the UK, a number of problems had to be solved. It seems like reading an...adventure book.... The responsible persons turned up at the site (late Saturday afternoon October 15th) to find the aerial had fallen down at one end. So they had to fire a new line over the tree. The down heads had to be re-strung and the aerial was pulled up again. After turning on the transmitter, there was no HT (voltage): the choke had blown! In a hurry they raced to a second transmitter site where another one was put on the air (with their own programming). Then they had to look after another transmitter to replace the FRSH one on the first location. In the mean time it was starting to get dark and fog was coming down. On top of all the actual x-tal was lost. Darkness was almost upon them as they returned to the FRSH site with a back up 40W transmitter. Without a flash lamp the lost x-tal was found on the ground and within 5 minutes FRSH was on the air. It was intended to use 6280 but due to interference 6283 was chosen. It appeared to be a perfect choice! Programmes were running all Saturday night until the late Sunday afternoon when it was already dark. At 17.30 CET FRSH was still on. Almost 24 hours non-stop on 6283 with a perfect signal. That means our full programming was aired at least five times. Because of the time of the year it was not possible to hear anything during the night but just after 08.00 CET the first 6283 sounds were noted in Germany and Holland and as the morning progressed the signal got stronger and stronger. The second outlet on 7419 kHz/41 metres was put on the air from a location on the continent and would be running between 09.54 and 14.00 CET. We were convinced 41 metres would be an ideal supplement to 48 metres covering countries like Austria, Italy, Spain, Finland etc. QSL Series13-Oct1994-14thAnn_front_500QSL Series13-Oct1994-14thAnn_back_500Unfortunately at 12.00 hours a special message replaced the usual programming- it was in the middle of the DX-Show- announcing the unexpected close down for reasons beyond our control. Mind you: it was not the transmitter forcing us to go off air but security reasons. That same morning we had already received telephone calls from Germany assuring us that the 41 mb signal was very powerful. In particular at the beginning there was skip because at some locations the signal was being received with less strength compared with areas much further away. We learnt that at 11.00 CET the dead zone was much smaller although in certain areas still nothing, hardly nothing or only a modest signal was to be received. By the way: FRSH started on 7417.5 kHz and because the VFO-controlled transmitter had to warm up (this took nearly an hour), the transmitter drifted to 7419 kHz. But if using a wide filter on the receiver one could hardly have any troubles having no need to retune every now and then: the signal was very powerful. October once again offered excellent propagation conditions and these were greatly adding to the success of the 14th birthday programming. FRS-Holland was lucky.” End quote.
For the first time in 1994, FRS could be more than happy with the results: 65 letters. A special QSL was issued and the Birthday Listeners Competition’s solution was Magic Forest referring at the site once used in the first 2½ years.

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The X-Mas broadcast December 18th on 6284 was a success, at least: when looking at the number of reports. A part of that broadcast was ruled by long skip conditions. And because the Tony Mitchell tape didn’t arrive in time -although already 10 days underway! - the broadcast lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes from 10:00-13:15 CET. Programmes were aired with 120W via the same Dutch station whose relay had to be cancelled back in October.

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