Sunday, August 21, 2016

Free Radio Service Holland (via The Netherlands)

Free Radio Service Holland, in their 36th Anniversary broadcast, was logged on 21 August 2016 -- for the FIRST TIME -- directly here in Malaysia, not from a remote receiver in Europe. While reception was less than ideal on 9.300 kHz, I did manage to catch their transmission of rock music, including a Rolling Stones opening track.  What else I heard from 19.00 till 19.30 UTC was quite frankly poor, but THERE...on my Tecsun S-2000! Songs and spoken word faded in and out under noise, occasionally peaking with faint bursts of audio. Pretty amazing, actually, when one thinks about it! That is, Free Radio Service Holland REALLY DID radiate far beyond Europe to South East Asia, despite a puny SINPO of 15421.

God knows how much TXer output power was used. And God knows which country in Europe this transmission originated from. I'm guessing Holland -- as their namesake suggests -- and with approximately 500 watts or less. Hopefully Peter Verbruggen will shed some light on these details and, more importantly, will QSL my report in coming days.

Reception report was emailed on the same day to FRS. An eQSL with letter from verisigner, Peter Verbruggen was received on 15 October 2016. A paper QSL carrived arrived in the mail in early January 2017. Mighty pleased to have this QSL. Thanks a million, Peter.

Postal Address:
P. O. Box 2702
6049 ZG Herten


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