The thrill of my early days on shortwave are gone but I got a feeling of how it was, when I went through my files to pull out all the stuff I got from FRSH over the years. Today I sometimes do hamradio experiments with very low power in digital modes on SW and very occassionally I dial through the pirate bands. Like during Christmas, New Year or Easter. Probably I have been listening to parts of most of your transmissions at these festives in the past decades (but didn't sent a report or letter, a shame I know ). I don't ask for paper QSL-cards anymore. Even on hamradio I just sent e-QSLs.
Good programmes are rare on radio nowadays. Not only the free radios are declining. The quality of the official stations has gone down as well. Just mainstream everywhere. FRSH on a regular basis (every third Sunday perhaps) as a webradio? I will listen!
Well this is more an overlook about development of radio as a media (and my personal media history) and my early FRSH memories. If you want you can just use parts of it for your homepage ( by the way: a really interesting one). All the best to you and yours - keep on doing real free radio!
Ralph W. Perry/ USA
I first heard FRSH back in about 1980 or 1981, while I was in graduate school and living on the USA East Coast, in Philadelphia. During those days, I often listened for free radio stations from Europe late on Saturday nights, early your Sunday mornings. One of the most enjoyable receptions I had, back then, was FRSH! I may have had one of the first receptions in the USA, in fact.
Anyway, it is now 40 years later, and I am a recent retiree and living in the Chicago area. I pursued an international career and lived in many countries in Asia, from the 1980s till 2010, and did very little shortwave radio hobby activity then, as I was very busy with my career. But now that I have retired, I have resumed DXing on shortwave! So, imagine the thrill it was for me to hear your station once again, four decades later (November 2nd 2014). I no longer have my FRSH QSL card from the 1980s, so I hope you will be able to send me a new one, by airmail or email.
I now reside in Wheaton, Illinois, a village in the Central USA that is near the major metropolitan area of Chicago, Illinois. Being so far inland in the USA, it is quite rare that I get reception of low-powered free radio stations from Europe, so this was a most enjoyable reception for me!
Friends, I just happened to be sleepless that night and so was up at 02:00 in the morning, and tuned around a bit. I was quite surprised to hear a decent signal on a frequency, 7700 kHz, that is usually empty. I stopped to listen to this unidentified station and did some quick research and realized I was hearing FRSH, once again, forty years later than my first receptions! Although your signal never became very strong at all, it was still fairly decent reception -- especially when considering that it is very rare, indeed, for European free radio stations to propagate all the way here to the Central USA. I hear only a handful of Europirate stations each year . . . so this was a thrilling reception for me! Congratulations for your success in this transAtlantic transmission!!!
I am a recent retiree, after a career which led me to reside in various countries in Asia for the past 25 years: Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea and Thailand. It would be an honor to receive your QSL card along with any further information about FRSH . . . to add to my collection! Please accept my fond wishes for your station future success! With kind regards, Ralph W. Perry, Wheaton, Illinois/ United States of America.