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Rickie Traeger: We All Take Life For Granted…




First and foremost, my condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the double fatal accident a bit ago in Rockford. 

Please keep the family and friends and 1st responders in your thoughts and prayers.

There was a rollover accident in the 2100 block of 16th st a little bit ago.

2 people passed away and a 3rd victim was transported to a local ER.

I always hate working fatal scenes.   I can tell you every fatal scene I have ever worked over the years.

They are always heartbreaking to work.

We all go about our lives every day and do not realize or grasp the concept of how precious life really is, until it is too late.

Each and every time I work a fatal scene, it is sad. But it also reminds me of how lucky we are to be alive and to have those we love around us.

Also at the same time, I realize that some family is about to have the worst day in their life 🙁

I know doing what I do (Journalist) I have worked many fatals over the years.

And I can tell you I always dread working fatal scenes.  By far the most heartbreaking scenes to work.

This scene was a double fatal, possible triple. 2 Confirmed fatals.

Words cannot describe working a fatal scene.  My heart goes out to all those that are involved.

It is a grim reminder that we all take life for granted. The most cherished thing, and we don’t realize just how quick it can be gone.

Please take a second and hug those that you love, and tell them you love them.

And to keep all those involved in this horrific scene, in your thoughts and prayers








Rickie Traeger: Happy Sunday! Just Saying Hi




I was trying to get this posted before midnight, so it would be a Saturday blog. I am late, lol. So it is now Sunday, so Happy Sunday!  

Hopefully everyone is having a fun and safe weekend.  Mine is going good.  All except the snowblower decided not to start. So I had to shovel all that wet and heavy snow by hand. Free exercise I guess, lol.  This is by far one of the better winters I can recall, so a lil shoveling I don’t mind. 

I listen to spotify alot, but lately they been doing a ton of ads on there. It would freeze up and not play at all. So, I decided to go back to the Amazon Prime music.  Looks like Amazon upgraded their music stuff. So I guess I am done with spotify for awhile, and back to Amazon music 🙂 

Got our press credentials to work another worldwide event that is coming up. 
I won’t say much right now. But everything is set in stone now 🙂  Stay tuned! 

So I haven’t played my guitar in awhile.  I think after I write this up, I am going to play it. I am sure I will be rusty, lol.  As they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it lol.  We will see if I still have my guitar skillz.  LOL.   

Speaking of, i am going to pop off here.  I just wanted to say hi to everyone 🙂 

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Been a few days since I last posted

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Been a few days since I last posted. Hopefully everyone has been doing good.

I went to an Icehogs game the other night. That was fun. I don’t get into hockey much, but it was still fun. Got to go into the players tunnel and briefly meet them as they went onto the ice. Pretty cool experience. Got to see Jeff too 🙂

Sources sent information on a scene that happened last night in Winnebago. And we waited many hours before posting it, to see if police would release any information on it. They did not, so we posted the information that was provided to us.  People got mad as heck at us for posting it!  I can only post the information that IS provided to me. Plain and simple. Police did not release any information and are encrypted.  So I only had the information that was provided to me at the time, and posted it. Holy cow, tons of first responders got mad as heck at me. Was not my fault the police did not release any information on it, until after we posted it.  We waited and tried to get the info. confirmed before posting it. But as usual it was met with silence. Funny how quickly they responded though, after it was posted. Before it was posted, SILENCE. After it was posted, they were quick to release the information then. Funny how that works…  But the good news is, the people involved are reported to be OK. And RS got even more popular via all the haters, LOL.  As they say, keep on hating cuz all your doing is making RS famous.

I will keep saying it: The best advertisers are always going to be the haters, lol.  They scream loudly and peaks many peoples interest.  The traffic spikes were pretty sweet earlier, thanks to them, LOL.   I think haters are one track minded and don’t realize how much they help, when in their heads they think they are hurting, LOL.  The best free advertisers, are always going to be haters 🙂

Snow is on the way.  Guess we been spoiled long enough. Guess it is time for winter again 🙁  lol.

 








Rickie Traeger: Triple Shoe Mount, Photography Upgrades




Holy donkey balls is it cold outside!   

I will keep saying it, I hate winter, LOL.   On a serious note though it is cold out there. So please bundle up if you do plan on going outside.

I got a piece of equipment that will help me with working scenes. In the past, I was only able to use only 1 attachment at a time. Either a microphone or a light. This new piece of equipment is a triple shoe mount. I can add 3 items at one time, and use them all at once 🙂   So now the video and audio is going to be a lot better.  I am thinking about adding a cell mount to it, so I can put the cell on there while I do live videos and it be mounted.   So overall the quality of the videos are going to be way better 🙂

I plan on adding another piece of equipment that will also improve the quality of the videos and photos as well. I don’t plan on getting that for awhile though.  It is a gimbel. So I can be mobile and be steady. Instead of being steady only on a tripod.  I think it will greatly improve some content.  Being able to walk around and video, while being stable.  Instead of having to move and put down the tripod, move and put down the tripod, etc.. lol.

 








Rickie Traeger: Happy Monday! Messing Around On The Website, Police Scanner…




Good morning everyone!

Hopefully everyone had a safe weekend.  Hate to be the bearer of the bad news though. It is now Monday, and the weather is about to get cold 🙁

You have permission to hate me for a few minutes, for bringing you that bad news, LOL.

So I am about to experiment a bit on here with the design and stuff on the website.  I normally live by the motto if it is not broken then don’t try to fix it.  And I should do that now, lol.  But I am in an experimenting mood, so I am going to play around a bit on here and change the layouts and stuff.  See what I like and don’t like.  I am going to do that after I write this up.  So let’s see how my Monday starts off, LOL.

If anyone has a desktop police scanner, they want to get rid of. Let me know. I am looking for a desktop scanner.  Prefer a model that is similar in size to a Pro-197 if possible.

Speaking of scanners.  I saw Walmart was selling the Whistler 1010 for only $20.   And people are trying to sell them online for $120….WTF
EBAY~ CLICK HERE

Walmart- CLICK HERE

I understand people wanting to make money, but WTF…

I am popping off here. Everyone stay safe and stay dry and I should add Happy Monday!

 








Rickie Traeger: Happy Friday, Scanner Questions…




It is Friday!!!

Sorry I did not blog yesterday. I was not feeling the best at all. So I didn’t blog.

I checked into the ARES/SKYWARN and SATURN nets last night.

I been looking for a scanner with good RX for the airband. I been trying to research online as to which one has the best audio on the airbands.  I see a few that I like, but I don’t know if I will get one.  I also came across the SDS 200 scanner while researching online. Looks like a sweet scanner, but………. there appears to be many issues with it. And it is $700!   I like to keep up to date on scanners, because thats what I enjoy.  I won’t be buying any anytime soon.  Pointless, cuz the police encryption.  Why spend a lot of money for stuff you can’t listen too…   But I do want to keep up to date on scanners, so if anyone has a question I can can help them.  Man the SDS 200 looks sweet, but man so many issues with it, and a price tag of $700….SMH

I need to research which coax has the least db loss at 200 feet, for the HF bands.  Someone said the 213, I am leaning towards the lmr-400.  I have to research some online to compare the 2 to see which one is better.

Anyone have any experience with multicouplers?  If so, I would love to hear your feedback on them.

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Good afternoon everybody I hope everybody is enjoying their Friday afternoon




Good afternoon everybody I hope everybody is enjoying their Friday afternoon.

I’ve been going through and updating the Rockford Scanner Pages on the website. I updated the FOIA pages, the about me, and a few others. I still need to go through and update several more so that is my plans for today. Hoping to make it more professional looking and easier to access is my overall goal. So be sure to check those out!

I did not realize one of my favorite shows called supernatural was back on TV. It started back in October and this is the very last season of it. So as I’ve been updating the website I’ve been trying to catch up on supernatural. Hard to believe the show was about to and after the season. And again hard to believe I was unaware that it started up already, LOL. I am on the second episode and as usual it is an amazing show. Yes, I am biased because I love the show, LOL.

I was thinking about adding a few RSS feeds on the side of this website and also on the Rockford scanner website as well. But if I do so it slows the loading time down some so I am currently on the fence on doing so. I have a lot planned out for the future of the websites. But I’m not ggoing to say exactly what right now. I have to focus on one task at a time. In my main focus right now is updating the current content that is on the websites before adding any new content. Now that being said I have added a bunch of new content. Maybe I should added this paragraph to the first paragraph above, LOL.

Jimmy is doing His weekly Friday night Fun net on the 195 repeater at 8 PM tonight. So be sure to check in If you have your ham radio license or at least listen On the scanner.

I’m going to pop up here for now like I said currently updating the websites and watching supernatural. I hope everybody has a warm and safe Friday!








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Welcome to my personal website. Please take a few minutes and kick back and enjoy. This is my personal website where I express my 1st amendment and share photos and videos and opinions and experiences. I will say that you must be 18 years old or older to view this, because at times there might be some adult content such as language. Take a few minutes and explore the pages on here, you can view them at the top or on the right. And you can view my most recent blog posts by scrolling down!


NEW:  As you know, I been saying it for awhile now. Well now the time has come! I have redone my website from scratch. I figured it be best to start over from scratch so I can do everything the way I want it. Yes, all the posts from many years are now gone. But hey, everything happens for a reason.  So, I am in the process of redoing my site here. Be sure to bookmark this, and check back daily!  I am going to blog daily.