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The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society
is the
ALTERNATIVE Amateur Radio Enthusiast's Club
for radio amateurs, radio enthusiasts and radio hams

Advancing Amateur Radio since 1978

9th March 2015 saw the ordination of one of our longer standing members, he actually joined the club in 1985.
We are proud to have the Reverend in our midst, our first member who is also a serving minister of the Church!

Escaping the notice of everyone except our lawyer, was the death of the BR68 and the introduction of the Terms & Conditions.
For UK based licensed operators there is almost complete relaxation of the rules, no more Log Books and subsequently no need to close your station down, no more /M suffix for mobile stations, and no /A and location requirement for an address other than the main station. Also there is now a complete relaxation of the rules on conversation content - no more ban on political or religious content, and now you CAN have a pecuniary interest.
For reasons unknown, the ban on transmitting music has been completely lifted!
It's very hard to break the rules now, however as no one bothers to read them, most people still think we are outside the law when the fact is that it is usually them not identifying themselves with the station's call sign, that are the actual law breakers. AROS and OFCOM also seem to have not familiarised themselves with the new relaxed rules.

5th December 2014 has seen even more rules relaxed or abolished!         No more call signs every 15 minutes, now the rule is only as frequently as is practicable. PLUS No more regional locators added to call signs (GM or GW for example). There are other minor changes applying to obscure areas of licensing but the new rules come into force in 2015.

DTMF tone generator

Remember DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) tones are also legal!

The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society is proud to announce our association with Kunt & The Gang and as of 8th July 2014 Mr.Kunt kindly has given his permission for members to download and transmit any of the tracks from his alter ego's album Kuntrarian by Little Kunt.
Possibly the only avenue for prosecution, now the ban on transmitting music has been lifted, would have been copyright. So we have negotiated on your behalf to remove this obstacle. We greatly appreciate his kind offer and wish him all the best on his current tour of the UK. Please click on the picture of Mr.Kunt to visit his website, and browse the many humorous things there, don't forget to check out the tour dates too!

Free MP3 Download from Kunt & The Gang's alter ego, Little Kunt

Click the album cover   -   Great repeater songs!
All the tracks in mp3 in one Zip file are
HERE for free download
COPYRIGHT FREE for transmission by LPWS members.   


LPWS Membership is FREE  This is open to anyone, in fact, you may already be a member and not know it. Contravene any of the current regulations, and you are automatically accepted. You may have said more that 8 syllables or three words before your call-sign, or followed the RSGB Limited advice and said "Is this frequency in use" without first giving the call-sign. The most usual method of acceptance is to respond in any way to an existing LPWS member and therefore be guilty of addressing remarks to other than the station of a licensed amateur, or simply key your mike to check a repeater is working - you have then established your station without giving the call sign at the commencement of transmission, welcome new member!

Since we changed the membership requirements we probably have many more members than RSGB Limited have magazine subscribers!

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The LPWS Official G2 Moaning Stick

We are sorry to say that these are now completely out of stock, in 1992 a kind member from the Southern Branch, dropped off a box of 144 which have all been  distributed FREE, we are forever grateful to the (G7) donor! The one in the clubhouse must be 22 years old and still going strong!

Great for repeater work, we have attempted to buy some more, but the only ones we can find are a pale replica and barely make any noise at all, so upon the suggestion of a member, we have made an MP3 recording available that you can download onto a phone etc. for endless fun on your local repeater, download HERE

Also available as both iPhone and Android apps. Search for Groan Stick.


We think the moaning stick can be legitimately used on amateur radio as it is nothing more than an external tone generating device, if DTMF, CTCSS, SSTV, Packet, AMTOR, 1750KHz, analogue data, and Morse etc., are all OK, then why not the tones of a moaning stick? We will probably get someone to write in and ask, it would be very hard to ban a moaning stick and still allow the use of all the other various tones encountered.

This is a 100% genuine quotation:-

"Their intelligence network is uncanny and up to now they have kept one step ahead of us."
Mohan Dhamrait, a Radiocommunications Agency investigator
, speaking about the LPWS
NOTE:- We don't, didn't, and never have had an intelligence network, staying one step ahead of a DTI man didn't require any great skill and judgment!

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Airline pilots, long regarded as sensible upstanding people, so much so that they get serious discounts on their car insurance etc. and are seemingly able to walk into high earning jobs, now proved to be not that sensible after all!


Expletive-ridden Insults

Airline pilots are being investigated after emergency radio channels were jammed with expletive-ridden insults.The abuse was aimed at the RAF’s Distress and Diversion (D&D) Unit, the ‘999 service’ for airmen which responds to mayday calls. The Civil Aviation Authority is attempting to identify the offending pilots.

"There have been comments with plenty of expletives," an RAF source said. "I’m sure these pilots wouldn’t want an emergency line tied up with that sort of infantile chat if they were trying to send a mayday message." "There have also been reports of music being played down the emergency channels."
Another RAF source added: "One German* pilot used to belch over the microphone every day at the same time, which he found amusing."
London-based Civil Aviation Authority is investigating pilots who block the UK's emergency airline "Using our equipment we tracked him and on the third day his transmission was met with the response: “This is London centre. If you continue to abuse this frequency in such a manner then you will be reported.”

The CAA said: "We are investigating allegations of the misuse of the frequency and if we can identify the planes involved we will contact the airline operators and ask them to take action."  An LPWS spokesman declined to comment.

* We are interested to know the difference between a German belch, and any other! Full story HERE

It has come to our attention that our theme tune, The Laughing Policeman (Billie Grey), sung by Charles Penrose, may be the subject of copyright infringement, and what may well be one of the earliest examples!
We have been sent a recording of The Laughing Song sung by George W Johnson (An American negro, self styled "Whistling Coon & Laughing Darkie") from a wax cylinder recorded between 1894 & 1898, which we believe predates The Laughing Policeman by some 25+ years!
Whilst not exactly the same song, it is remarkably similar to such an extent that it can barely be a coincidence.

The complete NOT! The Penrose Gazette Vol.1 Issue 2 now available for download as a  PDF file HERE

Almost the complete Penrose Gazette Vol.5 Issue 12 now available for download as a  PDF file HERE

Squeak International Explosive Christmas Edition now available for download as a  PDF file HERE

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Squeak International Best Of 1994 now available for download as a  PDF file HERE

Buffoon now available for download as a  PDF file HERE

For those few people out there without a free copy of Adobe PDF Reader, download it free HERE

   G2, G3, or G5 call? Important information for you CLICK HERE

Please note that since this website was designed many of the agencies and departments have been replaced by Original artwork by LPWS ©.
Parts of the website remain as an historical record of what happened at the time.

The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society, is a club for radio amateurs, run by radio amateurs. It is nothing whatsoever to do with the Police in any way, they actually made quite a decent noise for just three members! The name is derived from our theme tune, The Laughing Policeman by Charles Penrose. Any similarities between persons mentioned or depicted and anyone either living or dead is purely coincidental. The opinions expressed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the club/society as a whole. We do not encourage or condone any contravention of laws applicable in whatever country you are from, any action you take is matter for your own conscience, we are not in a position to condone or condemn. Construction advice, circuits, and information are provided for entertainment purposes only. Images and content are believed to be non-copyright, if you supply proof of ownership of anything reproduced on this site, it will be immediately withdrawn without question. We acknowledge all trademarks and think Microsoft is great. G8ASO & Rodger "Diddley" Dipole WEBMASTER September 2014

      "Wicked" Willy Bodwen ex Sgt. 3116 (forced to retire & not a laughing policeman!)

The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society is a non-profit organisation for the furtherance of amateur radio.
With annual turnover of less then GBP £1000, LPWS qualifies for UK Charitable Status.
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