Rickie Traeger: July 15th


So I been sitting here thinking about a few random things. So instead of thinking about them inside my head, why not post them on my website and hear everyone elses thoughts and opinions on them

*  Years ago, I was going down the road and watched a small airplane go into a tiny cloud, and never came back out.  Yes, it sounds weird but thats exactly what happened. I dunno if I have ever said this experience publicly or not, I will probably write something up on it at a later date if I havent.  But back on topic… This still baffles me to this day.

* I have gained some weight, so I need to find a decent diet. Hopefully one that still lets me drink my sweet tea lol.

*  They are coming out with a new flight simulator. But not only is it for PC, it will be on the Xbox as well. So I am wondering if it is going to be realistic, or going to be “arcade” type of flying? If it was straight PC< I wouldn’t second guess it. But its coming out on a console and I dunno how realistic that is going to be on a console.

  • Speaking of Flight simulator. I am popping off to go do a few flights


Rickie Traeger: Sunday May 17th Blog

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Hopefully everyone has had a safe and wonderful weekend!  

Not to much going on over my way.  I got my fishing license the other day. 🙂

Went fishing I think on Friday for a few.  Was hoping to go more this weekend, but it has been raining.
Supposed to rain for a few more days then warm up to almost mid to upper 80’s. I will believe when I see it, LOL.

I sure hope it does, be some good fishing 🙂

We went to the following location (photo above)  It was very beautiful there. Trees were blooming, sun was setting. Scenery was just gorgeous!

Saw some turkey, birds, a beaver dam, etc…


Rickie Traeger: Friday May 15th 2020 Blog

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Good morning everyone.   It is now officially Friday!   Friday Night Fun Net is tonight 🙂  146.610 or 147.195

I am kicking back and I am watching the original Ghostbusters movie.

It is good to finally see warmer temps!

I cleaned out my tarantula cage earlier today. She now has 3 dozen crickets. So she is going to be well fed. I like to keep her well fed so she is not aggressive.  She is very skittish, but usually when shes well fed she does not move much.  She has made a new web in the terrarium. Up in the front left of the cage.  It took her awhile before she built another web. But when she did, she put it up fast.  I been tossing around the idea of selling her. There are a few people that are interested in buying her. But I don’t know if I can part with her, lol  I should post an updated photo of her soon, so you  can see how much she has grown!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!


Rickie Traeger: Jim Penniston On Fade 2 Black, Busy Work Night

I am about to listen to Jim Penniston on Fade 2 Black here in a second.  I missed the live show, so I have to watch the show archive on Youtube. Which I am about to listen too 🙂    I always look forward to listening to Jim when he does his shows.  

It has been a busy day in Rockford today and tonight.  Several shooting incidents and a few accident scenes.   So I been working all night long, and that is why I missed the F2B show.  

I did have a pleasant surprise at the one scene. I was filming and waiting for the crime scene units to process stuff. I was waiting for some good scene photos and videos, and was filming some b-film in the mean time waiting to film the crime scene units.  I noticed a vehicle approach me, and it ended up being Chief O’Shea.   Him and I chatted for a lil bit.   It was good to talk to him. And nice of him to stop and say hi.   He has always treated RS well.  Yes, I am against the encryption, lol.  But O’Shea has treated RS pretty well. It was a pleasant surprise for him to stop and say hi.  Since he was cool, I figured I show mutual respect and leave the scene. So, I was not able to film the crime scene units doing their thing. but it was by choice. O’Shea was nice and I left the scene out of respect.  As you know I work things a 2 way street. I lost out on some good footage, but the same time it was good to see and chat with him. 

Alright, I am popping off here. I am going to listen to the Jim Penniston on Fade 2 Black! 

Rickie Traeger: A Lot of United Airline Aircraft At The Rockford Airport (KRFD) (RFD)

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Recently several United Airline aircraft have been flying into the Rockford Airport (KRFD)  and staying.  

I was told they are here to be parked, since things are slow, since the Covid-19 pandemic.  And while they are here, they are being maintained at the AAR.

I went out by the airport earlier today, and saw EMBRAER EMB-550 Legacy 500 geting ready to take off on runway 1/19.  And the saw all the United Airline aircraft parked on the AAR ramp. And I also noticed they had runway 7/25 closed down. I did not see why. I just saw the X on the runway and several workers out on the field. If you get the chance, go out there and check it out. Probably a once in a lifetime thing.  🙂

Rickie Traeger: Cooler And Starlink-3

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Wow what a difference in temps in the last 24 hours.  Was beautiful out there yesterday, mid 70’s I think it was. Today, windy and way cooler. I think around 50 today.  Now with that being said, sure beats winter time!  I went and mowed the yard and got that done.  Did some activities with the family. And watched the Starlink-3 overhead last night. So that was really cool to see!  I heard there is a meteor shower from Haley’s Comet ongoing and will be peaking either tonight or tomm.  While out watching the Starlink-3 last night, I thought I saw a meteor to my North. But it was pretty quick, so I cant say 100% and say it was. But I am pretty confident (95%) it was.  Alright I am going to pop off here. Everyone please stay at home (I think its to the 31st now) and stay safe!


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?