The Tales of Flashover House – The Man from Head Office

Flashover House is owned by a group who run about a dozen retirement homes in different parts of the country. The rest of them though are more traditional and do not cater for hobbies.

One morning, just after breakfast, Matron had a phone call which she took in the office. When she emerged she started to go berserk with the duster. The hams were quite perplexed by this as, being men, they regarded dust as an important part of the environment and something to be treasured. Someone had to ask what this excessive zeal was all about and it fell to Rees Morgan to ask the question. “That call was from Mr. Bradshaw the chairman of the board of directors.” said Matron.” “He is coming on a visit and he will be with us in about an hour.”

Sure enough, right on time, this important personage in a grey suit arrived and was taken by Matron into the office. Most of the hams viewed him with indifference but, for some reason, Big Angus seemed almost pleased to see him. When they returned to the lounge, Matron’s eyes were red as though she had been crying. “Mr.Bradshaw would like to speak to you all” she said.

They sat round the table, Bradshaw took a sip from a glass, which may or may not have been water, offered to him by Angus, and began his chat. “At a recent shareholders’ meeting some of our investors expressed disquiet about the way Flashover House is being run, and they have instructed me to visit you and straighten a few things out. You don’t seem to appreciate what retirement is all about.”

“The people in our other homes have it just about right. They have a light breakfast then they all sit in the lounge until lunch-time. Some take a little nap while others amuse themselves by doing jig-saw puzzles. They then sit looking at one another until dinner time, have their cocoa and off to bed. But you people don’t do that. You eat big expensive breakfasts, go gallivanting all over the place in the mini-bus and then go and play with your wireless sets. I can tell you now that the electricity bill for Flashover House is double the average for our other establishments and this is having a serious effect on the dividends we are able to pay our shareholders, some of whom are finding it difficult to sleep at nights.”

“Then there is the food. Our recommended diet is healthy sensible food with high fibre content, but I am shocked to find that you are having steak and chips three times a week and mixed grills for supper. I hold your Matron solely responsible for this and I am sorry to say that she will have to be replaced by someone a little more frugal. Now here are my proposals.”

Return to the index of Vital Spark articles.

G3MGQ’s Month on the Air

Prepared by the clubs RSGB trainer, G3MGQ, you will find the latest DX contests including the ones to shoot for as well as ones to give a wide berth. Why not download the latest edition of Month on the Air and enjoy your DX just that little bit more.

Become a member of HERC

Join the Hastings Electronics and Radio Club.

Why not join one of the largest and most established Radio clubs in the South East of England? Very low joining cost, and free for a year to new licencees.

Vital Spark Archive

Vital Spark newsletter articles

Take a look through a large selection of articles written by club members over the years which have been published in the monthly Vital Spark newsletter .

Used Ham Radio Equipment

View HERC's Used Ham Radio Equipment for sale list..

Every four weeks, HERC's Used Ham Radio Equipment for sale list is updated on the site. Bookmark the gear for sale page to re-visit easily and take advantage of the used equipment on sale through the club.

Club Photographs

HERC Image Galleries.

Here is the official HERC photograph archive which contains multiple image galleries spanning several decades since the club was formed many years ago. Enjoy the images!

UK Amateur Radio Repeaters

UK repeaters

Click button above for full list, or a local repeater callsign below for info.

GB3EB 2m in Uckfield- Active
MB6EB 2m DStar Node in Eastbourne - Active
MB6RY Wires-X DigiGate in Broad Oak - Active
GB3HE 70cm in Hastings - Active
GB7HE 70cm DStar in Hastings - Coming soon
GB3ZX 70cm in Eastbourne - Low Power
GB3JT 23cm ATV in Hastings - NoV cleared
GB7RY 70cm X-Wires Repeater Rye - Active
GB7ES Eastbourne - DSTAR Rpt. - Active
GB3ES 2m in Hastings - Active

For a complete list of repeaters, head over to
the UK Amateur Radio repeaters list.

Popular pages

Get your amateur radio licence - Find out more about amateur radio licence training.
Month on the Air - G3MGQ's popular monthly DX contest/expedition list.
Wilf Gaye Memorial Cup - The clubs annual operating event in the memory of Wilf Gaye M0GYE.
St. Richard's College Buildathon/STEM/ARISS - HERC attends St. Richard's Catholic College for their various events surrounding the Tim Peake ARISS contact.
G3BDQ - John Hey's Rare QSL Cards.
Sussex Electronics Radio Fair - SERF Sussex Electronics Radio Fair 2016.
Vital Spark - A selection of articles re-published from the Vital Spark.
RSGB News - Find out how to get RSGB news on your mobile or PC.
Experimenters Corner - A selection of Proteus projects by Bob Gornal (G7DME)
BBADL - Bath Based Distance Learning Course.
Conquest Hospital Radio - Presented by HERC member Antony (G4CUS).
Radio Rallies 2016 - An up to date list of radio rallies scheduled for 2016.
Club QSL Cards - A selection of QSL cards the club has received over the years.
Other Newsletters - Excellent newsletters and magazines from other clubs.
TX Factor episodes - Take a look at the TX Factors YouTube videos.
John Taplin - A bio of the late John Taplin.

Amateur Radio Resources

Other Radio Clubs & RAYNET

BSARS - Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society

RAYNET - The Hastings and Rother RAYNET Group.

HERC members sites

Sigord - Gordon Sweet
Hastings Radio Comms - Andrew Haas-Campbell
Hoofbags - Liz Costa

Categories