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Welcome to Rodger's LPWS
Greetings folks, since I took over
editing the website, I had a vast amount of material to sift through, I
thought I'd start an archive page rather than keep all this stuff in a
box where no one can see it!
Starting off with a rare LPWS cassette case, sadly no
cassette. 100 of these were produced and I haven't seen one in years, an
LPWS member from Oxford posted this one to me, many thanks
I wish I still had a copy as we have lost "The Wheelchair Song", "Leslie
Jones (Flying Through The Air)", and Are You Loathsome Tonight".
Supplied by George, an old unused cassette
There seems to be some problem with the track numbering!
Before my time, not sure what Thames House Radio was....................
[Ha, I have been told that Thames House
was where our founder, Nigel Hopkins, used to live.]
From back in the days when we used to produce our
own Christmas Cards
Sadly there are no more of these Laughing Policeman enamel badges
When they sold out, we replaced them with a run of these small lapel
From a long time ago, the famous LPWS "Brummie"
Filter, designed to remove the annoying whining Brummies on GB3BM "I
can't hear you, I've got my Brummie Filter on". No more
conversations with idiots saying "It's like y'know, innit our kid
Some people thought it was a real item and wanted to buy one to go
along with their SWR paint!
This was in an old magazine, I found the artwork
when searching for some of the other stuff, so I added it to this
archive, this was used in a report about GB3CF, the Leicester Repeater,
the one that fell over when someone removed the bolts from the guy wires
on the mast.
The publication coincided with the repeater
group AGM at Granby Halls.
One of the curious things about the 1980's
and our relationship with the DTI & The Radiocommunications
Agency, was the odd message to warn us of impending activity, and 3
"presents" in the post sent to 142A HQ.
The best one was a 12'' single of "Keep This
Frequency Clear'' by the DTI, that came in a large DTI
printed envelope, and postmarked London.
We also got at least 2 further gifts, one was the coaster.
below, from the local branch of the DTI:-
We also got a few of these in the post:-
But no one seems to know where from...................
This one still in use!
I visited George G1MTT in August 2014, and I noticed a box file named "
Radio Related". We had a search through things not touched for 20 years,
amongst the contents were several letters of support, a few begging
letters, and the following, obviously some kind of joke, but it is on
genuine embossed House Of Commons notepaper. Click on the image for a
More from George's box file:-
LPWS and the BBC:-
The whole programme, which is quite amusing, is available on our
page, LPWS input starts at about 23 minutes in!
Before we had Charitable Status, there was money in the bank!
Looking at some of the items on our website, it may
appear as if we are obsessed with this buffoon, but the truth was
quite the reverse. Apart from following people around and even
standing in a field all day looking at an LPWS member in his
workshop (now illegal and called "stalking"), he made frequent
assaults both physical, by throwing a dictionary and by kicking a
briefcase. Although he "got off" with misuse of the Police National
Computer, how else could he have visited LPWS HQ and be seen taking
car registration numbers, then the next day be able to transmit
everyone's names and addresses?
George used to drive a Ferrari and he was threatened
with having it stolen by "Bodwen's" underworld connections and
subsequently, and probably even more sinister was the threat to
implicate George in drug dealing and have him arrested by members of
the team that were investigating the case of Birmingham teenage
girls Patricia Cahill and Karen Smith, just because George had been
The facts are that we have had to tone down his many
escapades to make what he did seem barely credible for a serving
Police Sergeant, far from being obsessed with him, it is quite the
reverse and we only report a mere 10% or so of his antics. HOWEVER,
in various ways, we retaliated and he was eventually given the
option of demotion to Constable, or retirement for medical reasons
(round the twist?). As stated elsewhere, this is a get out clause
offered so wayward officers can retain their pension entitlement at
their last rank, rather than at the demoted rank.
There remain one or two unreported pranks, but we
need some tangible evidence before I can publish details here.
Meanwhile, here are some of the documents etc. we have been able to
round up, sincere thanks to everyone for finding these long lost
documents for us to share below:-
This is an item I haven't seen for a very long time,
from about 1991 I think, it is a car sticker and came about after a
misprint in the Birmingham Evening Mail referred to our arch enemy
Sergeant 3116 as an "amateur radio buffoon" (should have been
"buff" we think)!
From the same chap:-
This was a really funny
incident, we learnt that Sergeant 3116 was to give evidence at
Dudley Magistrates Court, so we despatched a team armed with loads
of these posters and Solvite wallpaper adhesive.
These posters were put up all around the court, and the plywood
barriers on an adjacent building site - just to wind him up a bit.
Unknown to us it seems (or so
the story goes) that he had put on his uniform whilst off duty, and
gone to harass a fellow radio amateur, who had then made an official
complaint against him.
It transpired, or so I am told, that as he was off duty, he wasn't
allowed to wear the uniform and technically this was "impersonating a
police officer", we understand that he was suspended over this -
HOWEVER - it was a pure fluke and everyone, especially him, thought
we had inside information!
Just been sent a couple of
things I haven't seen in ages, when there was a falling out amongst
LPWS members in the early 1990's a couple of splinter groups were
out there doing their own thing, mainly printing their own
magazines, The Club for Unlicensed Naughty Telephony Stations
C.U.N.T.S. & Not! The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society. You may
notice that some of the magazines were called Not! The Penrose
Gazette etc., I edited a couple of these but the typesetter left the
'D' out of my name, anyway, around the same time The Thin Blue Line
appeared, all issues were specifically about their/our favourite ex
policeman, who had assaulted at least 2 of us!
I am not sure how many issues
there were, or how many on each print run, but I know these are very
rare and I am grateful to the contributor.:-
As usual, click on the images for full sized scans
coming soon, all the best Rodger "Diddley" Dipole. 16.10.2015