Laughing Policeman Wireless Society
for radio amateurs, radio enthusiasts and
Advancing the hobby for 37 years!
The news this October 2015
are going to start revoking licences that have not
been revalidated - we warned you about this a couple
of years ago, but they backed down in the end. Now
it seems they are going ahead, this will mean that
the 60,000 - 70,000 licencees RSGB Limited claim to
represent will now reflect the actual number of
active users, with the total dropping to something
more in the region of 30,000 or less. Revalidating
is an easy process, you can do it on line, by email,
or by post.
A side effect of this process, which we welcome,
is that all dormant licences will disappear, and now
the fee has been scrapped, that will include those
licences issued to people that have died in the last
10 years or so.
Hopefully, with the numbers of radio amateurs
reported more accurately, the "claimed" number of
people the despicable RSGB suggest they represent
will be much reduced as will their lobbying power.
Expect the loss of a few underused frequencies as
well, as these represent a valuable saleable
commodity for OFCOM who are primarily concerned with
After almost 40 years, we
have found a funny amateur radio joke:-
My mate told me that when masturbating to
Internet porn, you get a better orgasm if you put a rubber
band round your balls and the base of your cock.
I tried it but I didn't have enough
For reasons best known to themselves, since
the UK regulatory body, started to relax the rules governing the
First by dropping of the log book requirement, then we noticed that
the ban on transmitting music had been lifted, and now the 15 minute
station identification requirement has gone too!
are taking all the fun away, as it is now so difficult to
break the rules as even swearing isn't against current Terms &
Conditions. Instead of "winding up" the old duffers by ignoring the
rules, we can do exactly the same by adhering to the rules - what a
bizarre turn of events.
This is a 100%
intelligence network is uncanny and up to now
they have kept one step ahead of us."
Mohan Dhamrait, a RadiocommunicationsAgencyinvestigator,
speaking about the LPWS
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!
8th July 2014 we negotiated with Mr. Kunt, front man of
Kunt & The Gang,
and we have his support and approval to retransmit any track from his
album Kuntrarian by Little Kunt, absolutely copyright free.
Click the album cover
- Great repeater songs!
All the tracks in mp3 in one Zip file are
HERE for free download COPYRIGHT FREE
by LPWS members.
Under current UK copyright law, the original recorded
sound for a recording published prior to 1963 comes into the public
domain after 50 years. However, the underlying published song lyrics
and music remain in copyright for 70 years after the death of the
Talking about copyright:-
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.
Membership is now FREE This is
open to anyone, in fact, you may
already be a member and not know
Contravene any of the current
regulations, and you are
You may have said more that
8 syllables or three words before your
call-sign, or followed the RSGB
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
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Official G2 Moaning Stick
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
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,
Also available as both iPhone and
Android apps. Search for Groan Stick.
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.
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!
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.
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
* We are interested to know the difference between a German
belch, and any other!
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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.
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G8ASO & Rodger "Diddley" Dipole
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