R.I.S. In Action
Amateurs In Court
Pirates In Court
CB Court Cases
Other Court Cases
Spot The Loony
History Of Swearing
The Dirty Tricks Brigade
Please note that the Radiocommunications
Agency no longer exists, its activities are now carried out by Ofcom.
This page is retained to illustrate how the agency used to behave
towards, not only LPWS members, but radio amateurs in general.
Radiocommunications Agency is an executive agency of the DTI, The Department of
Trade & Industry of the UK Government. This is the same department that was
involved in questionable transactions over Westland Helicopters, that resulted
in the resignation of a cabinet Minister, and the very same department involved
in questionable activities over the "Iraqi Super Gun" export licences
episode, and countless further incidents.
Bear these facts in mind before assuming we are making this up, WE ARE
NOTE Many, if not all, Radio Amateurs
in the UK regard themselves as a "cut above" their fellow citizens
by the mere fact that they have some kind of qualification. The more
demented section of these misguided simpletons take a further step
towards stupidity, and buy an old ambulance, a Dayglo tabbard, and
join an organisation called
Raynet. Much criticised during
the Lockerbie disaster, Raynet members prance about at public
events, trying to look important, whilst brandishing all manner of
outdated radio equipment, which is the core requirement.
Sadly, this organisation attracts the dregs of the amateur
community, which (in the UK at least), appears to be made up, almost
entirely, of people too stupid to be a Traffic Warden, a Special
Constable or Trading Standards Officer.
Over the years, some unusual
and questionable practices have been employed to discredit the LPWS and its
It's hardly surprising when you consider that an anagram of
INVESTIGATION SERVICE is:-
EVIDENCE ORIGINATORS - A VISIT!
In the past, the usual tactic has been to
suggest to both Magistrates and Judges that the activities of those prosecuted
could have repercussions for the radio communications of the emergency
services. This is a particular tactic when dealing with UBRs when it is many
years since all Police, Fire, and Ambulance services vacated the 88-108MHz
broadcast band. Sadly, this is still suggested as a possible consequence of
unlicenced broadcasting, when quite the reverse is the case, and it is vitally
important to find a clear slot to get your signal out! This completely false
claim of interference with emergency services still persists into 2003!
Tampering With The Evidence
As detailed in one of our
magazines, either the RIS or the prosecuting counsel's staff deliberately obscured the LPWS office
address from the top of a Penrose Gazette which was produced in court as evidence
against G1MTT. It was alleged that G1MTT was the publisher of the magazine and
not the LPWS, when G1MTT pointed out that the publisher's office address was clearly
printed on the magazine cover, the Judge stopped the proceedings as it had
been obliterated from his copy. It transpired that all the copies produced in
court and those given to the jurors as part of the evidence, were
tampered with. The
copy G1MTT was using was sent to him in a bundle of evidence, and was a copy
of the original BEFORE the dirty tricks brigade got hold of it
and obliterated the address.
The judge halted the proceedings whilst court staff duplicated copies of
George's original magazine for distribution to the jury and court
The Great LPWS Post Theft
Another strange but true story! At the height of the LPWS
popularity, we had a whip-round at one of our meetings and placed a small
advertisement in a weekly local magazine. The advert invited people to contact
us, and gave a box number. Imagine our surprise, when we went
to collect our post, we were told that it had been "confiscated" by
a police officer. We made enquiries, and the local police knew nothing of it,
one LPWS member was a shareholder in Goodhead Publishing Plc. the magazine
company, and wrote to them demanding an explanation. In the meantime, a
complaint was made to The Post Office National Users Council, but as the post
had "been delivered as addressed" they were unable to help.
Eventually, the publishers told us the officer's name, and we
were able to make an official complaint regarding the theft of our post. It
transpired that this was the same officer who had already
"threatened violence" towards an LPWS member within earshot of his solicitor.
This officer later visited an LPWS member to ask, or indeed. plead that we
drop the complaint as he feared for the loss of his pension as he was due to
retire. (Surprisingly, this wasn't our
old friend Sgt. 3116 Bodwen, but an officer from a different force, West
Mercia Constabulary, and NOT a radio amateur)
Not being inclined to drop the case,
we were warned by our solicitors of police persecution to other
parties who had the audacity to make justified complaints, and after a visit from the Complaints and Discipline
Department of The West Mercia Police, we decided to let the silly old sod retire in
relative peace. What a nice bunch of people we are!
Laughing Policeman Could Kill Hundreds
This was the heading on a 2 page feature
in the Sun newspaper, it seems that Manchester Airport was suffering from a fake air
traffic controller, and the authorities had suggested that the LPWS were
involved. We were not, in fact the only involvement anyone had with this
person was that an LPWS sympathiser tracked him down and gave him a cassette
of the Laughing Policeman Song to play, quite an achievement really as the RIS
never did find him!
LPWS damage RIS Property?
Again, a story put out to discredit the club,
was that our members were in the habit of damaging the cars of RIS staff,
apparently all over the United Kingdom!
Is it not more probable that
the operators of many of the pirate broadcast stations (UBRs) that suffer repeated visits from the
usually at a cost of
several thousand Pounds in seized records and equipment, would be more likely
to vent their anger in this way? Just check out the statistics for visits to
pirate broadcasters against those to radio amateurs and make up your own
I suppose as we are
"visible" targets, it's easier for the RIS to blame us rather
than the real culprits.
The Aylesbury Repeater Bomb [GB3VA]
Again, we were blamed for this daft incident, and far from being a
"Booby Trapped Bomb", I have it on good authority that the device in
question was either a theatrical smoke effect or a marine distress flare. The
constructors of this device were concerned that their previous effort had been
stolen by cretins from the local repeater group, and it seems that the only
intention of the
so called "bomb" was to deter more thieves. The device was not constructed by LPWS
members and although along similar lines, had nothing whatsoever to do with
the club, but as usual, the LPWS got the blame again in the press reports.
Listen to the TV news report