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What is the LPWS?
The LAUGHING POLICEMAN WIRELESS SOCIETY is a non-profit, democratic
organisation for the furtherance of amateur radio. We are funded by donations
and do not seek subscriptions from members and associates. Our largest expense
is the upkeep of our web server, but compared with the previous costs of
magazine production and postage, it is a bargain!
A benefactor pays
for the web server in blocks of 5 years and has said he has
made provision in his will for the web site to continue.
To qualify for U.K.
charitable status, our turnover has to be less than £1000.00 GB Pounds per
Who are the LPWS Members?
The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society
has many members, both in the UK and now world wide, with latest
membership in 2002 from The Philippines, 2009 New Zealand, and 2011
Australia, and 2013 USA.
Started as an informal group in the Birmingham
and Kidderminster area of central England in the late 1970s, The Laughing
Policeman Club quickly became the more familiar Laughing Policeman Wireless
Society, and was firmly established in the 1980s as a force to be
reckoned with, on repeaters all over the country.
Our membership was once more formal, with subscriptions and
support for the
famous equipment fund. At LPWS headquarters in Kidderminster, an emergency
supply of radio equipment was held, so anyone being raided by the RIS (Radio
Investigation Service), and
suffering seizure of equipment, could quickly be put back on the air, much to
everyone's annoyance! This equipment has long since been distributed amongst
the founder members, and to former friend Mr Paul Dowie (G8PZT), the fund no longer exists. This is no great loss
however, as the cost of replacement equipment a fraction of what it was in the
In 1991, several break-away groups were formed
after an internal policy dispute, most notably C.U.N.T.S. The Club for Unlicenced Naughty Telephony Stations,
shortly afterwards they changed the name to The Club for Unlicenced Naughty TRANSMITTING
Stations in 1992.
1992 also saw the parallel group NOT! The
Laughing Policeman Wireless Society, who were mainly concerned with magazine
production. We are pleased to say that almost all former disagreements have
been resolved, and we have been able to welcome all former members and break
away groups "back to the fold".
Honourary Life President.
Founder member Nigel Hopkins (G1XYU) was voted president for
life in the AGM held at Trotter Hall, Droitwich, Worcestershire, Central England in June 1994,
and is still proud to hold this enduring honourary position.
Nigel has suffered very poor health of
late and is now disabled and completely blind, the radio being his main
source of contact with the world.
Other key administrative positions are held by members who are
democratically voted in at the yearly AGMs. Future AGMs will be held at
venues, following the sale of our usual pub, Trotter
Hall, which had the wonderful sign on the wall at the front "EGON RONAY - BUGGER
OFF!" Actually, the food was quite good!
Sadly, the new management are
not a patch on the former team so it has been decided to go elsewhere in
future, we now change areas each year so that members from different
districts have a chance to meet.
What Are We Up To?
The society has changed direction many times in
recent years, we are now more committed to providing an exchange of
information and advice for like minded people throughout the world, but
especially in the UK. Although we will never turn our backs on our core activities as
long as there are repeaters out there to abuse! A new direction has been the
provision of CTCSS tones on older radios for members and anyone who supports
us. The resurrection of some old radios has begun - thanks to our technical
This web site has useful links to equipment suppliers,
manufacturers, and other hard to find radio related sites as well as links to
the sites of organisations with similar aims and interests. We are committed
support and an exchange of information.
What Have We Done For The Hobby?
The LPWS have had more of an impact on
amateur radio in the United Kingdom than you may realise, here are just a
- At least 2 re-writes of the BR68 as a
direct response to actions undertaken by several LPWS members. (Possibly
as many as 5 re-writes!)
- Change in the rules on the use of
reciprocal licences in the UK.
- The time between licence revocation and
reinstatement changed from One Year to Five Years.
- Password access to Packet Radio bulletin
- Change in the law regarding repeater
keeper's responsibility for the content of re-transmitted messages.
- Provision for remote repeater closedowns
within a specified time period.
- Notification required for unattended
- Possible pending alteration of Amateur
Radio - Internet linking legislation.
- The complete re-writing of the BR68
has occurred, an undesignated document now comes with the license. We
are confident that we can claim responsibility for the removal of the
main use of the hobby as printed in the former BR68 - "Making Remarks Of
A Personal Character". G7GDR used this as defence in Dudley Magistrates
Court in 1993, where his solicitor suggested that calling another radio
amateur a CUNT was, in fact, a remark of a personal character and as
such specifically allowed under the terms of his license.
All in all, the LPWS have been responsible
for more fundamental changes in UK Amateur Radio legislation than any other
radio society, organisation, or club in the United Kingdom.
With the complete re-writing of the rules and
the abandonment of the BR68, we now are able to operate quite within the
law, but appear not to, as the average radio amateur never read the original
rules and legislation and certainly hasn't kept up with all the recent
relaxation of the rules.
What Do We Stand For?
We certainly 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.
What you do with the information we provide is entirely your business.
Contact us from the link
below or click on the envelope above, and our
publicity officer and Internet spokesmen, either G8ASO or Rodger "Diddley"
Dipole, will reply personally within a few days.
No auto responders, real personal service as it should be from the
largest independent, alternative, radio amateur club!
We are constantly altering
our web site to provide a compromise between design and fast loading
pages. Please report any page that does not appear to be displayed
correctly on your computer, spelling errors, and non-functioning links, and please forward
any audio clips repeater incidents etc.