Rickie Traeger Blog: Just A Quick 2 AM Blog. Rundown On My Day

So I figured I would blog a bit. I was trying to get some sleep tonight, but that is not happening. It is 2 am, and I am sitting here listening to Coast to Coast AM. One of my favorite radio shows I listen too almost religiously.

My brother and good friend were both in the ER earlier tonight.  I won’t go into details for privacy reasons. But I hope and pray they have a speedy recovery.  They were not related, different reasons.  If you pray, please pray for their recoveries.

Last night I went to Walmart.  I spun my vehicle once while turning a corner.  I was going slow as heck, so to put a long story short. It was slippery as heck out. There was ice under the snow!  I made a post about how slippery it was, and some people were saying go slow and you will be fine.  Um yeah, guess those people weren’t out driving in it!  Even going slow, it was slippery out.  Heck shortly after I posted that, there was an auto accident on Forest Hills,  and police shut down Forest Hills from Harlem to 173 because they said the road was a mess and also because of the accident. So to those people being keyboard warriors, the police were even saying how poor the roads were.

I was able to work some HF earlier today.  Band was poor though.   I was hoping to work this one specific special event station. I tried all day long and was not able to make the contact. Kinda bummed about that, but hey what can ya do.  I did work a few stations though. You can check out my logbook at CLICK HERE

2017/12/09 21:56 40 SSB CF3SZ 7.17800 Canada
2017/12/09 21:20 20 SSB KG4GAD 14.34000 USA FL


The KG4GAD was a nice ragchew with a guy down in Sanford, FL.  He was coming in strong. 5-9+, So I popped on and said hi. He was talking about how he could sit in his yard and see the peoples faces in the airplanes above him. That was how close he was to their airport. And also how warm it was down there. I was kinda jealous, lol.

The CF3SZ  I was hearing pretty strong as well. I heard him in the past but I wasn’t able to make that contact in the past. But earlier today I was able to finally make the contact. It was a quick exchange, typical HF stuff.  But he was a good 5-7 on my end.  It took me a few tries to contact him. He was working a special event of 90 years for his local club.  I thought to myself, 90 years in ham radio is a looong time. But cool to hear 🙂

Alright I am going to pop off here now.  Nite everyone





Rickie Traeger Blog: Today’s Goal, Working HF Special Stations

 Today’s goal is to play radio all day 🙂

I plan on working special events as much as I can on HF.

There is this one I am looking forward too: USS Midway aircraft carrier museum ship (NI6IW) in San Diego CA





Rickie Traeger Blog: Taking The Day Off, Another Certification, Net Control, UFC 3, Etc…

Tuesday December 5th 2017 Blog

I think I am going to take today off. Take a day off and kick back and get some stuff done. So do not expect much Rockford Scanner stuff today. I will resume on Wednesday.  Thanks for understanding.

It has been super windy outside the last 24 hours. Also the temps are dropping as well. Highs in the 20-30’s, yes the highs!   I guess winter is now officially here. At least I was able to get out and enjoy the warmer days while it lasted.

I will probably play on some HF today.  I doubt I will hear any special stations or dx, considering it is Tuesday.  But hey, ya never know!

I want to send a special shout out to everyone who has assisted me with Rockford Scanner. I can not say thank you enough!  Much appreciated!

I downloaded the UFC 3 beta game.  I was hoping that it would be different that UFC 2.  I own UFC 2, and playing the beta is pretty much the same. So I highly doubt I will buy UFC 3 when it comes out.

I am going to be the net control net opfor ARES next Thursday, so be sure to check in!  I always look forward to being the net op. Always fun! Won’t be long before we are doing the Skywarn nets also!

I will make another blog later today on the scenes I worked recently. So be sure to check back later on to read up on that.

I ended up getting another certification recently.  I always say, you can never learn too much.  As the saying goes “You can strip a man of his belonging, but you can never strip a man of his knowledge”

December 5




Rickie Traeger Blog: Ham Radio & Storm Spotter Recognition Day, ISS Passover, Sunset Photo

  December 2nd 2017 Blog 

Not a whole lot to add to today’s blog.

I was looking forward to watching the ISS pass overhead earlier tonight around 5 PM, well once again Mother Nature did not cooperate!  It was cloudy 🙁    So we did not get to see it.

Speaking of though, OMG the sunset was beautiful again tonight!  

I was able to work the Pearl Harbor memorial station on HF earlier today. I was looking forward to hearing and working them, and I was able too. Sounds like they were having some technical difficulties though.

Also I worked several NWS stations today for the Storm Spotter Recognition Day. That was super awesome as well!  I look forward to that every year.

My logging software for some reason has stopped uploading my logbook to my server. But as I was typing this, I had an idea and I was able to get it to work again!  Some reason it had stopped working and did not upload to my server. But I just had an idea and it is now back to normal again.  I was able to fix it.

Here is my HF Logbook ~CLICK HERE

My Ham Radio Page ~ CLICK HERE 


Rickie Traeger Blog: Van Dies, Anyone Know How To Fix It?, Drone Video Of The Sunset, Etc…

Snapshot of the video from tonight’s sunset

November 30th 2017 Blog 


I was able to get a quadcopter flight in earlier tonight.  I was able to catch the last of the sun as it was setting.  I did a video of it. I will upload that in 4K quality later on tonight.  It takes awhile to upload at that quality.

Speaking of,  Wow the temperature really drops quickly as the sun sets now!  I mean you can literally feel it dropping.

I will post it in a new post on my website.

I thought my HF rig blew up the other day. I was able to fix it!  Super excited.  So I am back on HF again!  And to top it off, i am running full power too. Before it did its thing, I was only putting out about half power. Then it went hay wire and stopped working.  Well now I was able to fix it, and it is back to normal!

So now some bad news.  My van is messing up. I will explain what is happening, and maybe someone knows how to fix it!  I tried to troubleshoot it, but have came down to a few problems. So hopefully someone reading this can help!

When i turn the wheel all the way to the left or right, it completely shuts the engine off. As in completely dies!  I would be going down the road and go to turn, and it dies.   I will be sitting there pulling out of a parking stall, or trying to park, it dies when I turn the wheel.

Anyone have any ideas what is wrong and how to fix it?


Rickie Traeger Blog: Santa Clause Net, Kids Can Talk To Santa Clause On Ham Radio

I wanted to share this awesome experience!

They have a Santa Net on 3.916  (Ham Radio)  at 7:30 pm CDT

Every Night until December 24th, so if you miss it tonight you have a chance every night until December 24th to try 🙂

My daughter was able to talk to Santa, and she was super excited!

I think everyone should be able to experience this great event.

The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz.

For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com

The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/


Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, “Christmastime is our favorite time of the year on 3.916 MHz. We really enjoy being able to help young people experience both the magic of Christmas and the magic of amateur radio.”

Youngsters can talk to “Santa at The North Pole” via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, “For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. With this amount of territory to cover, The Santa Net requires the efforts of a number or relay stations. Our relay stations do a super job and really enjoy bringing the spirit of Christmas to the amateur radio airwaves.”

For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Note:  Please remember to adhere to all FCC Rules & Regulations pertaining to 3rd Party Traffic. Thanks!

Prenet Check Ins Welcome

Reserve a spot with Santa by making a pre-net check in.  You can check in either on the air starting at 7 PM (Central) or by emailing KE5GGY@gmail.com

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas from The 3916 Nets!!!

Every year on 3916, we give good little boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole!   It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!   

The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 24th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central.  

To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.   




Rickie Traeger Blog: My HF rig blew up

Last night my daughter was super excited to check in to the Santa net on HF net on ham radio. We checked in and they were responding back to her and as soon as they were responding back to her my radio died. She was able to hear them call her name and then it died. I was really Bummed that that happened to her. We were all excited to talk to Santa and as soon as it was our turn my HF rig died on us.

I don’t know exactly what happened. The radio just completely went dead. I thought maybe it was a power supply or a fuse and I checked both and they are both good. We have to wait a while before I get enough extra cash to get another HF rig. I was hoping she was able to talk to Santa on the net last night.

It was a double blow to the gut. Seeing my daughter being disappointed Because as soon as she was going to talk to Santa the radio died and also losing a very expensive rig the YAESU FT-450D.

If anybody has an HF rig that they want to get rid of please contact me. I am looking for a YAESU FT-991A or a radio that does all bands including VHF.



Happy Thanksgiving! New Website Design, Music Playlist, Feedback

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

As you have noticed, I have decided to start my website from scratch. I have deleted the posts and contents and redesigned it a bit. I am not to fond of the new design, but wanted to give it a try. So we will see how it works out.

I like how I can start all over and do things from scratch.  I was going to add some stuff a few weeks back, but figured I would wait until now to experiment. Figured it be best to do it with the new design and see if they are compatible.  I do ask that you bear with me while I have some fun, LOL.

Now with the new website brings new changes and goals. My #1 goal is to blog daily. Even if it is just a quick post, lol.   Worst case every 2 days.   I plan on adding more photos, videos, content and being more open and candid.  I am going to be me.  I was kinda restricted before, but those chains have now been broken and I can freely express myself, so don’t say I didn’t warn ya 😛

I am going to be adding new pages to the site.  So plan to see those in the near future!  I might make a blog for each page, letting people know when they are up.   Or I might save everyone, and do one post when they are all done.  I have yet to decide.

I need to add a music playlist again.  I lost my last one.  I am going to change that up a bit. Mix of everything, literally! I have to figure out what site to be best to use.  I have to do a search online, or maybe you can refer me to one?

That was another thing, I want to be more interactive with my fans!  I want to interact with you,  hear your thoughts and feedback and just have a friendly conversation with you! I think I am going to add a thing to each post with an area where you can comment on.

Rickie Traeger Official Website

Rickie Traeger

Welcome to my personal website.  Please take a few minutes and scroll down to read my blog and also visit the pages on my website.

A lot of fun and interesting stuff. I will be posting open and candid dialogue that at times will be deep within and at times posting videos and photos and important updates on my websites.

I am currently in the process of redesigning my website and am open to feedback.  I decided to start from scratch and deleted all my previous posts and pages and everything else. 

Sometimes the best things in life, is starting over!  


Click the following to visit the pages on my website: