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Barmy Barry G0GGV
Amateur Radio Observation Service
Formerly run by walnut
impersonator, Geoff Griffiths G4STG, thankfully, the vile old bigot is no longer with us.
AROS were/are a bunch of
loonies loosely operating on behalf of magazine and book publishers, RSGB
Long thought to
have been disbanded, however there is a page on the current RSGB Ltd.
website you can take a look at
So it would appear
that either AROS has been resurrected, or that it never went away.
This is just the job for your general radio loony, and attracts the
people who are too stupid to wear a tabard and join
RAYNET, a sorry bunch of social
inadequates, and no mistake.
Just what has anything
going on in the hobby have to do with RSGB Ltd.?
You may well ask, some people
think the company is a real radio club and their "subscription" pays
for club membership - in fact it is nothing more than a
subscription for their magazine Radiocommunications. In fact on more
than one company information website RSGB Limited say one of their
objectives is the sale of Radiocommunications, which looks to the
uninitiated like a sensible pursuit until you discover it is a small
volume magazine circulated only by subscription within amateur radio
Basically these people
of AROS have set themselves up as unofficial policemen of the airwaves - to
understand their position, imagine the AA or the RAC getting
involved, via a volunteer force, who would go about privately advising people
about speeding, parking, and other motoring offences, and
threatening them that if they don't do as they're told, they will
gather a bunch of witnesses together and urge the authorities to
prosecute. But it doesn't actually end there, LPWS members have had
their lives threatened on several occasions, once in writing to a
Police Station - believe it or not. Threats have been made to
vandalise and steal cars, damage property, break fingers, force cars
off the road, and arson. One member actually had a lit marine
distress flare thrown through his window!
You can easily
see the preposterous nature of this group when you further consider
that this company (RSGB Ltd) make their entire income from within
the hobby, and as such, should really have an "arms length"
relationship with such matters. It appears to us that this type of
behaviour is nothing more than an exercise to protect their income.
Reproduced below is a
letter from RSGB Ltd. which may or may not be genuine. It was
supplied by a well known LPWS member and is on what appears to be
genuine RSGB Limited headed paper, where they admit their Limited
Company status in the small print at the bottom. RSGB Ltd's
registered office is in Bedford, but the envelope was postmarked
Nottingham Mail Centre, quite a considerable distance away.
Here is a copy of the
letter, click on it for a larger image.
Update, we have now
been forwarded a second letter, worded almost
exactly the same as the one above.
The mystery deepens as this second letter was
postmarked Nottingham Mail Centre, rather a long way
to go to post a letter purporting to come from a
company with its registered office in Bedford.
If you have had a
similar letter, please scan it and let us have a copy,
we will forward them all to the Police and start a case
against this twat Mark Jones under section 2 of The
Protection From Harassment Act 1997.
One of his letters has already caused considerably fear
and anguish to a blind, disabled, and housebound
There is no
justification whatsoever for RSGB Limited to employ
vigilantes in an attempt to intimidate people by quoting
obsolete, false, and non existent legislation. This
seems to be nothing more than "bully boy" tactics to
preserve their dwindling customer base, relying as they
do, on radio amateurs for almost the entire company's
Both letters refer
to "foul Language" and "threats" being "associated" with
specific call signs, which is preposterous as if any
LPWS member was to do this, they certainly wouldn't be
using a call sign, and if they did, it wouldn't be their
own. More likely there is a bit of mischief making going
on. If any threats are made, invariably it is towards
LPWS members and not the other way round.
The so called
"foul Language" is a little contentious now as OFCOM's own documents tell us that it has to
be proven that language used in any alleged offence is
worse than that encountered in everyday life.
When public domain
television broadcast a film or a TV show, the only
warning about the swearing is that
programme contains strong language", never
"grossly offensive" language, which is the only thing we are not
licensed to transmit, but we don't know what it is.
there are some new swearwords we are unfamiliar with,
every swearword we can think of is regularly in use in
the street, in the pub, at school, and on TV. Cunt* is
still not widely used on TV shows, but has certainly
been regularly broadcast, and encountered in everyday life.
Much more on swearing can be
The playing of
music has been quite legal on amateur radio for many
years now, the ban was removed when the new Terms &
Conditions were published. Dipstick Jones G0MGX would be
well advised to actually familiarise himself with the
rules he and his band of vigilantes are trying to
It is more likely
than not that any transmissions being attributed to LPWS
members are either edited recordings or made by some of
the many impersonators out there,
G1XYU and G1MTT are regularly imitated and
often third party recordings of both stations
can be heard. This has been the case since at least
Editors note, the use of the word cunt is in no way
associated with Mark Jones G0MGX, we would like to
apologise for any confusion this may have caused)
July 2014, nothing more heard from Dipstick Mark Jones
G0MGX, maybe he has now read the new rules and realised
what a twat he has made of himself!
August 2014, we
have been informed that
Mark Jones G0MGX has had an arsehole transplant, but
complications have set in when the arsehole rejected
will see that the letter is signed by a character called Mark Jones who
seems constrained to add his station's call sign G0MGX for some reason, he
used to be about radio rallies in short trousers, but now has covered
postcode on the envelope may be explained by the fact that Jones
lives in Belper, in fact he lives at 8 Stanton Avenue, Belper,
DE56 1EE, pictured below, so it makes sense that mail from his work in Derby, or
home, Belper, would pass through Nottingham.
This is him here on the left,
apparently not a shirt-lifter as he appears, surprisingly he is
married! We are unsure as to whether his threatening letters were
sent personally or not, but remember we
have a history with this company, RSGB Limited, making false allegations and
defamatory statements. It cost them "an undisclosed sum" in out of
court payments. Maybe payday number 2 is on the horizon.
Click on the picture
to read all about him, see his house, dog, and 2 cats - strangely
there are even pictures of his wife on his blog!
It seems a shame he bought the house at the bottom of
the incline, higher up the road would have significant propagation benefits
for radio use.
seem that RSGB Limited have a short memory, the last time they made
defamatory remarks and spread malicious falsehoods about an LPWS
member, they ended up paying a substantial sum in an out of court settlement. Embarking
again on a similar course of action would seem to
be, at best, rather unwise for the company and its shareholders:-
"In our bulletin
for Sunday the 4th of July, we ran a story concerning George Hitchcock,
G1MTT, who had been fined for a number of radio-related
offences. We stated incorrectly that the offences were related to
the transmission of abuse and obscenities. We unreservedly apologise to
Mr. Hitchcock for this and regret any embarrassment this may have caused
him. Mr. Hitchcock has asked us to point out that the charges were
as follows: eight counts of using apparatus for wireless telegraphy
without a licence and two counts of unlawful broadcasting. Four
charges were withdrawn, one was returned not guilty by direction of the
Judge and of the five counts on which he was found guilty, four charges
related to the playing of music and one related to not using a callsign
at the commencement of transmission. In all cases it was alleged
the same frequency was used, namely 145.025MHz, the input frequency of
the Malvern Hills repeater GB3MH. No charges were brought
concerning abuse or obscenities or the use of any other repeater or
frequency. The Society has
agreed to pay Mr. Hitchcock his legal costs and damages."
George G1MTT in November 2015 and asked him about this, he confirms
the story is 100% accurate. He also told me that the terms of the
settlement were to prevent scores of cases being brought against
each and every RSGB newsreader, and each and every Packet Radio BBS
licensee. He also told me that he is restricted from revealing the
actual amount of compensation by the terms of the settlement. We
make a guess that it was probably between £1000 and £20,000.