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Laughing Policeman Wireless Society
for radio amateurs, wireless amateurs, short wave listeners,
pirate broadcasters and fans of exquisite radio buffoonery.
Dedicated to advancing the hobby since 1978!
Thanks to BBC Manchester,
Radio amateurs walk right into a trap and make themselves sound
utterly ridiculous, in their own words!, no prompting whatsoever.
When we were planning this programme, we couldn't have imagined how
well this would work out, they talked themselves right up the creek
with no paddle. There was great anticipation throughout the hobby
that the BBC were doing a documentary on the hobby, that was until
23 minutes in! Initially we were not happy with the vast amount of
time spent on amateur radio "in their own words", but upon
refection, the producer was dead right and it worked better that we
could have possibly imagined. Thanks BBC Manchester!
For reasons best known to themselves, since
the UK regulatory body, relaxed the rules governing the
hobby on 1st. December 2006.
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! 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 now wind them right up by just adhering to the rules - what a
bizarre turn of events.
This is quotation is
not only 100%
genuine, but supported by a press cutting. Mohan Dhamrait was
a former Radiocommunications Agency officer and
later an OFCOM Radio Spectrum Engineer, he was awarded an
OBE upon retirement, so the rest of his work must have been
of a higher standard than this ridiculous assumption:-
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
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
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 to automatically
include anyone breaking the rules,
we probably had many more members
than RSGB Limited have magazine
subscribers! However this
brainwave is no longer working since
December 1st 2006 when all the rules
were changed and breaking any of
them made almost impossible.
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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 a
recording available on Soundcloud.
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.
LPWS report in Shortwave America, G8ASO
Also in PDF
Honourary Membership October 2012
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
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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
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