The Tales of Flashover House – The Rebel

There was a cry of discontent from a distant corner of Flashover House and a small posse of the inmates led by G2 went along the corridor to investigate. They discovered G3 who was normally quiet and docile, in a towering rage. “What’s up?” said G2.

“What’s up, what’s up. I’ll tell you what’s up.” spluttered the G3. “All I ask of life these days is a nice QSO three times a week with my friend in Florida but just lately all I seem to get is a chap in Barcelona who thinks he is a blasted bull-frog.”

“There, there,” said (G2 who thought that some words of comfort were called for. “It’s the sun spots you know, but never mind, they will be back all bright and shiny in about eleven years’ time.”

“Eleven years’ time!” exploded the G3, “That’s great that is. By that time I will be 97 and my friend will be 106. Some QSO that will be. What do you propose we do? Send Morse to one another by tapping on our coffin lids?”

“Unfortunately, the sun is a great big thing and it does tend to suit itself in these matters and there is nothing we can do about it.” said G2.

“Oh yes there is.” said the G3. “I’ll tell you what I am going to do. As soon as I have had my breakfast, I am going to ask Matron for a black sack, put all this radio stuff in it and sling it in the canal.”

“Tut-tut-tut”, said G2 who disliked sacrilege at the best of times.

“You mustn’t do that, it will warp the printed circuit boards and anyway, if you give up radio you will need another hobby.”

“I am ahead of you there.” said the G3 “I am considering flower arranging, cactus growing, tropical fish keeping, and chasing young women, but I haven’t decided yet.”

“Don’t go chasing Jill Dando.” said Rees Morgan. “Remember I saw her first.”

“Chasing women is all very well.” chipped in Weasel. “But the real trouble starts when you actually catch one. Take my word for it.”

“My old aunt used to knit balaclava helmets for the troops.” muttered Angus for no apparent reason.

“The troops didn’t like them very much though. She put all the eyeholes in the wrong places. ‘They couldn’t see where they were going most of the time and they kept falling off the lorry.”

Things cooled down slightly when the G3 accepted wise counselling from G2 and decided to give Ham radio a rest for a while and turned to other things. A few days later, a big fish tank arrived followed by a glittering assortment of tropical fish. There was also a thick instruction book which G3 found fascinating reading, especially the chapter on fin-rot and all the diseases to which fishes are prone.

All went well until a few weeks later when G3 came home from the aquarium shop with what he claimed was a “special” fish. To be honest the other hams didn’t think it was all that special. It was brightly coloured but it had a malevolent eye. It was the sort of fish which would have worn a baseball cap backwards.

Anyway, G3 shovelled it into the tank with the others, and a few minutes later there were loud shrieks from the direction of his shack. The posse regrouped and set off to deal with the latest crisis. They found G3 standing by the open door, pointing at the empty fish tank. Perhaps “empty” is not quite the right word as, lurking in the weeds in one corner was the “special” fish, and the steady stream of bubbles breaking the surface led the onlookers to the conclusion that it was suffering from severe indigestion.

The expressions of condolence were interrupted by a more joyful cry from along the corridor. “TEN METRES IS WIDE OPEN!” The fish tank was forgotten in the ensuing stampede as rigs were being switched on in all directions. G3 removed his rig from its place of exile on top of the wardrobe, and it was just like old times.

Fish are not very intelligent creatures but the one skulking in the sediment at the bottom of the tank must have realised that it had been short-listed for a one way trip to the canal.

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