Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Warning, Everyone Please Be Safe


Good evening everyone!

I thought I would make a quick blog on the weather real quick. 

National Weather Service is now forecasting up to 12 inches of snow in the area now.  (7-12 inches) This will be the biggest snowfall of the season    😎

I am doing a time lapse video of the snow event, hopefully the video turns out good. My luck, probably not lol.  But going to give it a try. It be a cool video if it does work right.

Speaking of, if you have photos or videos of the snow, email them to me at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

Pretty much every jurisdiction has enforced the snow parking ordinance.  That means you can not park on the street, without having consequences. So get your vehicle off the roads. Or if you have too, they are doing the odd/even parking.  CLICK HERE

As I type this (just after 6 pm) the snow is starting to fall. The heaviest will be after midnight. 1-2 inches per hour is in the forecast. That is a lot of snow!  Friday morning commute is going to be very dangerous.  Officials have already made it clear to not drive, unless you absolutely have too.  At those amounts, the snowplows probably won’t come out until 3 am (like usual) and start their rounds then. Even at that, it will be hard for them to keep up.

Be prepared for possible power outages, being snowed in a day or two, etc…  This can be a life threatening event, if you do not prepare and use commonsense. Stock up on water, food, wood, charge your cell phones, battery backups, etc… The usual stuff.  Also if you need to travel, make sure you have a fully charged cell phone, extra clothing and blankets, flares, roadside emergency kits, etc… If you have a winch, that would be a good addition to add as well.

We have had worse storms in the past. So it is nothing new to our area. But this is the first “big” snowfall of this season. And you know how some people can act and also forget things.  So I wanted to remind everyone, to please use commonsense and be safe out there!

Hopefully the schools that do have school tomm. will cancel for a snow day. And the kids can go out and enjoy the snowday and go sledding and stuff like that.  I know some workplaces said come hell or high water they were staying open. My opinion, I feel that is the wrong thing to do.  Safety first.

Check on your neighbors and elderly.

Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service below


* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
impossible at times, including during the morning commute on
Friday. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches, with
localized higher amounts are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…While heavy snow is likely across much of
northern Illinois tonight, there is likely to be a sharp cutoff
in snowfall amounts to the south of Interstate 80.


A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an





Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Watch, X-Files, Website Updates, Etc…

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Good afternoon everyone! 

It is looking like via the forecast models that Thursday Night and Friday we are going to have the biggest snowfall yet of the season.  On the low end (as in the lowest possible) it appears to be around 5 inches.  On the high end it will be 13.5 inches.  So in all probability we will get somewhere in the middle.

The system has shifted to the North more, which means that we will be getting more snowfall than originally expected. We currently do have a Winter Storm Watch out for us. They said 6-9 inches. I think they are sitting on that 13.5 forecast right now and not making that public.

We all know it is Mother Nature, and she will do what she wants. And I think they are sitting on that forecast right now, because that sure is a lot of snow and they probably don’t want the public to panic.  But the latest models are showing an increase in snowfall amounts since the system has now shifted.

I would suggest everyone to start preparing for a lot of snow. And possibly being stuck home a day or two.  Go get extra food, water, salt, shovels, gas, etc…  The typical stuff.  Make sure your snowblowers are running.

Enough about the snow for now, I am sure I will be posting photos and videos of the event in the next few days


Guess what day it is?  It is X-Files tonight!   So heads up, do not bother me from 7-8 PM tonight, lol.  I turn off all my gadgets and don’t answer the phone or doors while the X-Files is on (also Walking Dead, which will be starting up soon too)   So kick back and watch the X-Files tonight 🙂

I have been updating my website here in the last few days. I been updating the pages. And messing around with stuff. I am going to be adding new fonts probably later on tonight or tomm.   I like to have a blog that has color and spice to it. Instead of the plain fonts. Yes, it is easier to read with it being plain. But I hate being plain, I like to be unique.  🙂  So be on the lookout for the new font styles in the near future!




Rickie Traeger Blog: Tuesday Blog, Cold and Snow, Ham Radio Meetings, Missing Those Who Passed


Good Morning! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying warm it is -8 right now as I type this and alot of snow on the ground now.

My cousin posted a thing on social media on songs that turned 30 in 2018.  And holy cow that brought back a lot of memories. Hard to believe its been that long ago.  Time flies by.  30 years already.

On that topic,  Been thinking about those I have lost over the years. As they say, gone but never forgotten. I really miss everyone that I lost over the years. My dad, both grandpa’s, aunts and uncles, best friends, etc… I really do feel blessed to still be around these days.  I plan on living to be 116 years old.  So you guys are stuck with me a few more years, lol.    But on a serious note,  I really miss everyone. And I really do hope that when we do pass away, its not the end but the start of a brand new adventure.

Reminder to my ham radio friends, the RARA meeting is Friday. The ARES and SKYWARN meeting is this upcoming Monday.






Rickie Traeger Blog: Svengoolie, Super Bowl, SKYWARN Training


Good afternoon!

Today is the Super Bowl.   Who are you going to be rooting for?

I am going to be rooting for the underdogs, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last I saw the Patriots were up by 5 points in the spread. I don’t know if that has changed since. But the Patriots were definitely the favorites.

We watched Svengoolie last night.  We didn’t watch much of the Godzilla ones. Last night he played the movie “ANTS”  which was pretty good. It was good to see something besides Godzilla. We love Svengoolie, but didn’t care much for the Godzilla marathon lol.  I never heard of the movie ANTS before. Was neat to see a “new” movie and it was pretty good. We all enjoyed it!

We got a little bit of snow outside now. Not much though. Maybe an inch or 2. They are talking about more snow tomm. they said “Possible significant amounts” that will be nice to see. I love snow, I just hate the cold, lol. I know ya can’t have one without the other, but hey 😛
Speaking of weather, below I posted the SKYWARN training information

To all those interested in storm spotting, the NWS has released their Winnebago County training schedule for our area.

Date: Wednesday, March 14
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Cherry Valley Fire Station 2, 4919 Blackhawk Rd. Rockford, Il 61109

Spotter training classes cover severe weather hazards including thunderstorms and tornadoes. This includes the general structure and movement of severe thunderstorms, identification of important storm features, and safety concerns.

Additional classes can be added. Please check back for updates.
All classes last about 2 hours.
They are free and open to the public.
Classes are appropriate for all ages. Ages 10 and up will likely get the most out of the training.
Pre-registration is NOT required unless specifically noted for a particular class.
Classes are scheduled in collaboration with local emergency management officials.
You may attend a class in any location, offered by any NWS office, regardless of where you live.




Rickie Traeger Blog:: Worked Haiti On Ham Radio, UFC 3



Good evening everyone.

I been holding off on blogging this week.  I figured it be best to kick back and relax a bit.  Was enjoying the warm weather, but it is now freezing outside!  Joys of winter.  Today is Groundhogs Day, and 6 more weeks of winter lol.

I was able to make a DX contact this week on HF.  It was HH2AA in Haiti.  I was hearing him strong, 5/9 plus. I was lucky to have worked him when I did. Because moments afterwards, he decided to jump off the radio. Right in the middle of a pileup, lol.  

I bought UFC3 earlier today. So I plan on playing that a lot!  I think there is not much difference between 2 and 3. Well that I have saw so far. I am sure there is, lol. But it kinda feels as I am playing UFC2.   Speaking of UFC3, I am going to pop off here and play that.





Rickie Traeger Blog: Total Eclipse, Super Blue Moon, Curse Of Oak Island. Happy Tuesday!


Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Tonight is Curse of Oak Island. The preview of tonights show looks pretty awesome.  I hope they do find some treasure!

I been listening to the Rockford Airport for awhile today. A lot of traffic for being daytime. Kinda nice to listen too.  I head a L-39 earlier. Also heard some military jet fly by the house fast as heck and heard on on the air. But no clue what it was. All I know it flew by fast, lol.

Tomm. night is supposed to be the total lunar eclipse! They call it the Super Blue Moon, the 2nd full moon of the month. Also a total lunar eclipse.  That will be a little before sunrise in the morning.  So be sure to get outside and watch.

On that note, I am pretty sure we will probably have clouds. It never fails that whenever something awesome in the sky happens, we have cloudy conditions!






Rickie Traeger Blog: Poem: “A Lifetime”



Once frozen in time, with the stuff we cherish.

Now gone but never forgotten.

We last a lifetime, only to live by the minute.

Up above looking down, Knowing that we protect the stuff we cherish.

When that darkness meets the light, our arms embrace for the everlasting hug

No more hurting or sorrow, We are now at one with that we cherish most.  ~ Rickie Traeger





Rickie Traeger Blog: Quick Monday Blog


Good afternoon!

I been researching on building a Faraday cage. As you know I am apart of ARES and figured it would be a good idea to build one.  It be a good experience to build one, and also just in case it is ever needed, i will have one.   It is always best to be prepared, than to not be.

I was listening to Coast to Coast AM and they were talking about how real the possibility of an EMP attack is now becoming a reality these days.  Which is flat out scary. Being 2018 and all our defense security, and the possibility of being attacked is scary.  Long story short, I hope it don’t ever happen!  But it is best to prepare, than to not be prepared.

I been eyeing the 3d printers.   I want one, but don’t want to bite the bullet to get one yet lol.  I think there is a lot of potential with one and can build alot of neat stuff. But I been hearing mixed reviews.  If anyone knows of a good one, that is decent priced that I can build bigger 3d projects, let me know.  I definitely want one. But I will probably wait awhile before I get one. When the prices really drop one them, lol.

I mainly want one to build stands for my scanners and ham radio equipment.  I have found a few neat websites that have 3d printing files and they have some pretty neat things to build.  So it be a good thing to try. I just don’t want to buy a 3d printer and have it not live up to my expectations of it lol.





Rickie Traeger Blog: Worked Switzerland on HF, Winter Field Day, Enjoying Time Off For Few Days



I thought I would pop onto HF Friday morning for a few minutes. I called out CQ a few times. Then KN4GBZ responded back to me.  I about dropped ot the floor when he told me he was working remotely in Switzerland!!!   He was there for a vacation ski trip. I was able to hold a QSO with him for a few minutes then propagation bottomed out on us.

Yesterday was Winter Field Day. I was able to attend the Northern Illinois ARES and Skywarn WFD.  But I was not able to make it to the RARA WFD.  I was hoping to make it to both.   At the ARES one, I was able to socialize and see some pretty neat setups.  Being the location it was held at,  I also was able to see a group of deer in the field and a beautiful sunset!   I didn’t work any of the equipment. I mainly went to socialize and have fun.  Which I did 🙂   It was good to see everyone.  It is good to see the Northern Illinois ARES and SKYWARN team ready to go for any situation.

I haven’t did too much RS stuff the last few days. I been taking time away to spend family time.  Later on tonight I am going to focus back on RS.  I was able to enjoy some quality time away.  Now its time to get back in the groove 🙂

I want everyone to still keep Raeanne, Brandon and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  They are going through such a difficult time.  Please send some positive vibes their way.   May Justin R.I.P.

I have missed the last few nights of Coast to Coast AM.  Been some good topics on there too!  Thank god I am a C2C Insider and can listen to them when I want too 🙂   I think my plans later on today, will go and listen to those archives.






Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Field Day, ARES, SKYWARN, Net Control, Justins Funeral



Good morning everyone!

Life: Last night I cut my foot pretty deep.  It was an accident, but holy cow it hurts!  It is a deep cut. I cut it o the side of an object.  Go figure huh, lol.  I know it needed stitches, but I just put peroxide on it and then put a band aid on it and went to bed. I woke up this morning, and it hurts!

But that is the least of my worries right now.  I ask that you keep Raeanne and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Today is the hardest day of her and her families life. Justin’s funeral is today.  My heart aches for her and her family.  Please, keep her and Brandon and Adam and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers!

I was driving down E State street last night and saw this amazing car!  It was a BMW I8.  Yes, someone was driving a BMW I8 here in town!  Amzing looking car!  But at the same time, I thought to myself I wouldn’t be driving that in this city because you prob get it stolen with all the crime lol.  I looked online and it is Starting MSRP $143,400.00  that is the bare minimum price for the car.  Click this link, to view it ~ https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/bmwi/bmw-i8.html

The photo below is an online photo of the BMW I8.  

As you can see its an amazing car!  I have photos of it on my cell phone, but I have yet to transfer it to the pc yet.  So I used the online stock photo above, to show you how amazing the car is.  Whoever owns that car, has a ton of money!

Weather: I looked outside this morning hoping to see grass. There is still snow on the ground. Guess what?  They are calling for 50 degrees this weekend!  Yeah, that is not a typo!  50 degrees! Snow will be gone, warmer temps. It is going to be great!

Ham Radio: I am going to be getting back into weather satellite stuff.  Also I plan on getting a soldering practice kit. I been pricing them online. I admit, my soldering needs a lot of practice, lol.  Hence why I am going to get a soldering practice kit. This weekend is Winter Field Day!   I am supposed to be net control for the ARES net tonight. But with Justin’s funeral, I do not know if I will be able too. Hopefully I will be able too, but we have a great ARES team and they got me covered if I am not able to be net control.  Also Skywarn net is at 8 pm tonight on 147.195 repeater.