April 2020

Rickie Traeger: FT-450D Dial/Faceplate Issue & Warmer Weather




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Good morning everyone!  Hopefully everyone was able to go outside and enjoy some nice weather yesterday!  NWS said it got to 73 degrees.  I don’t know itif it actually got that high or not. It definitely felt nice though!  I was thinking it was lower 60’s, because it wasnt to hot or too cold.  Either way, it was pretty darn nice outside overall. Then some storms rolled through. I forgot to do some time lapse, grrrrrr.   This morning it is still raining out.  

I went and checked out my antennas and stuff while I was outside.  My coax is getting weather torn on my HF.  Soooooo I don’t know how much longer I have before I will have to replace it.  Speaking of ham radio. My FT-450D had an issue. When I go to turn the freq dial, it would skip around. So I asked some local hams if they had any ideas on how to fix it. They said take the faceplate off and tighten the dial down. Because it probably gotten loose.  Sooooooooooooooooo………….   I took the radio apart, then got to the faceplate and holy cow talk about frustrating! There was a tiny tiny tiny screw on the dial. I am talking probably the smallest screw ever I swear.  They had hidden it under the rubber of the dial. SMFH…..   So I finally get it off, thanks to William for lending me the tool to do it.  But guess what, lol.   Yeah, more issues!   So, I set it off to the side for a bit, so I can take a breather and try to evaluate the situation.    This FT-450D is all taken apart right now. It is a good radio overall, but holy cow a pain to work on!!!   I am to the point of probably just selling it off, instead of messing with it.  I dunno yet.  I am on the fence cuz it is a good radio. But very frustrating to mess with, lol.

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Where To By A Bandana Or Masks?




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Where To By A Bandana Or Masks?

Many people have asked me where can you buy a bandana or a mask locally?

Sounds like no one has either in stock at all, anywhere.

They are going to make everyone wear them, but how can you wear one if you can’t buy one?

So I am going to pose the question and hope that someone can provide an answer.

Where To By A Bandana Or Masks?

 








Rickie Traeger: Wednesday, April 22 Blog




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Good morning it is 4 AM on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. I thought it would make a quick blog and say hi to everybody.

I want to send a Happy birthday shout out to HEATHER EKSTROM! 

 

I went out a little bit ago to watch the meteor shower and unfortunately just like any other awesome event in the skies, it was cloudy. Go figure, anytime there is anything good in the skies such as eclipses and meteor showers it is always cloudy here. It is been a very long time since I’ve seen a meteor shower. I was looking forward to watching this one but apparently is not going to happen.

I reinstalled the Dragon software and it is getting use  to my voice so I apologize for any errors.

I’m going to pop off here shortly And play some IRacing. I hope everybody has a safe and wonderful Wednesday!

 








Rickie Traeger: Tuesday, April 21 blog




Good morning everybody.

I reinstalled the Dragon software, so bear with me if there are any grammar errors.

I want to sit there and say thank you to everyone who sent their prayers and positive vibes to my grandma. She is out of the hospital and doing well. I can’t sit there and say thank you enough for everyone who sent their prayers and positive vibes.

My FT – 450 D has an issue. When I go to turn the frequency dial, the frequency skips around or does not move at all when I twist the dial. The dial twist fine, so I’m confident that it is an electronic issue. A few people told me to open it up and see if the screws are loose. So I think after I get done writing this I will now open it up and see. Wish me luck!

Speaking of HF, band conditions have been all over the place lately. At times it’s almost all quieting an earlier today it was S9 plus. I haven’t made any contacts on HF in a while. I was trying to over the weekend but I didn’t have any luck. So hopefully band conditions improve and I can sit there and talk and HF.

Again I apologize for any grammar or typo errors. I just reinstalled the Dragon software and is trying to get used to my voice for the accuracy. I can clearly see that it is doing pretty good overall but there are some errors. I would go back and correct them but I will leave them as is. I know a few people out there are grammar Nazis so I will keep it up just for them, LOL.

Going tto pop off here I just wanted to make a quick blog and say thank you to everybody

 








Rickie Traeger: Saturday April 18th Blog




Hopefully everyone is having a good day. Well it is 6 am as I type this, so I guess I should re-phrase that and say GOOD MORNING! 

So as you know we are on the shelter in place until the end of the month.  So we are pretty much on lockdown, but they phrase it the other way to make it sound not so terrifying, lol   I just call it as it is, a lockdown. The reason why I bring this topic up right now, is because there is a topic I want to discuss in the next paragraph.

My grandma on my moms side is in the hospital.  They did an agiogram on her yesterday, and from what I understand everything went good. So that is good news! Bad news, no one is allowed to go see her. So she is going through this ordeal alone.  Yes, I understand safety first. It is just hard knowing she is alone going thru this ordeal alone, because the hospital won’t allow anyone in. Again, totally understandable.  But on our end, it sucks.

My grandma on my dads side is in a nursing home and they came out publicly yesterday that an employee there has covid-19.  So who knows who all it has spread too.

So I please ask from everyone to still keep my grandma’s in your thoughts and prayers and send them positive vibes.

I went to go to the pharmacy to grab some prescriptions for my mom yesterday. I found some masks there!  this is the first place I have saw, that has masks! I spent $40 for masks. I got 20 of them.  It was messed up, cuz they are making it mandatory for everyone to wear masks. but yet, you can’t find them anywhere!   Yesterday was the first I saw them in several months.

If you want to know which pharmacy, shoot me an email. I don’t want to post it publicly cuz I don’t want people swarming the business. Just shoot me an email.

Hope everyone has a good and safe weekend. It is about to be a windy one here!








Rickie Traeger: Keep My Grandma In Your Thoughts And Prayers.




Hope everyone is having a good week!  

Please keep my grandma in your thoughts and prayers. She had to go to the ER by ambulance yesterday.  With the pandemic going on, no one is allowed in the hospital right now. So we are unable to see her, or know what exactly is going on. So it is in God’s hands right now and we hope and we pray that she will be OK and have a speedy recovery.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Been a crazy week overall, lol.  From warmth to snow and ice all in just a few days!

We been self quarantining, so I haven’t been out much at all.

Someone asked why I been posting survival stuff.  To put a long story short, a person can never have enough knowledge. And quite frankly right now is one of the best times that people should be studying and learning survival stuff. We are going through a worldwide pandemic right now. And the economy has dropped and many are struggling to survive.  So, what better time to inform people, than now.

 

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