Traeger Coat of Arms / Traeger Family Crest



Traeger Coat of Arms / Traeger Family Crest

MOTTO: To Preserve A Steady Mind

This surname of TRAEGER was a German and Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for someone who carried a load, a pedlar or porter. The name was originally derived from the German word TRAGER (to carry). The name has numerous variant spellings which include DRAGHI, TREGER, TRAGE, TREGERMAN, DRAGER and DREGER.

Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognize today.

A notable member of this name was GIOVANNI BATTISTA DRAGHI, (l7th century) Italian musician at the court of King Charles II in London. He wrote instrumental interludes for Shadwell’s PSYCHE (l674) and was organist to Queen Catherine of Braganza (l677). He took part in the celebrated organ-building competition between Renatus Harris and Bernard Smith (l674). The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized.

The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism.

Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania


My best HF contact yet



Last night I was messing around on my HF radio approximately two or 3 o’clock in the morning and I was able to get one of my best contacts yet. I was able to contact Michael Lopez the astronaut who spent 215 days and outer space. Needless to say I am very very very happy!

Updated blog

I been on the radio a bit lately.  I was able to work the FBI on 20 meters. That was pretty fun.  Their call sign was K3FBI.  I was searching the band and came across them calling out their call sign. I was like wow thats a pretty interesting call sign. Sure enough it was the FBI Amateur Radio.  I was able to break the pile up on my 2nd try.  Then listened to them for awhile afterwards. Pretty cool listening to them.

I had 19 check ins last night.  It went pretty good.  A lot of great people!   THANK YOU

I am currently listening to Coast to Coast AM.   They are talking about the “Weird hum” phenomenon. There was a caller that made a good point. He asked if it could be caused from the very large underground tunnel machinery.  I never thought of that theory until he said it. And now I am kind of leaning towards that. I was thinking it was probably the military with the communications with deep sea submarines.  Which I still believe.  But now I am kind of wondering if it is the machinery too.  Maybe one day they will find the cause of that.

I am about to watch the launch of the Delta IV rocket on the internet in a few hours.  As many of you know, I love space, NASA, astronomy, etc…  I am glad the internet we are able to watch live launches.   Very neat and educational things. NASA is awesome.

Speaking of space,  that dictator from N Korea is nuts.  He launched a rocket into space and lost control of it. So now there is a rocket tumbling who knows where in space!  hopefully it will not knock out things in space.  SMH………..

I am excited about this weekend!   NASCAR, WALKING DEAD, Valentines Day! 




You know what is funny.   People watching tv and see commercials and do not complain.  People listening to the radio and here commercials and do not complain.   People on the internet visiting sites, and see ads all over and do not complain.  But yet as soon as they go to Rockford Scanner and see a few ads, it is like the end of the world……..

Click blog for today

Just a quick blog keep everyone up to date. Not a whole lot is changed since the last time I blogged. Been enjoying the nice warm winter weather. They’re talking about a winter storm coming approximately Tuesday of next week. That is actually on groundhogs day be too much longer before spring time thank God.

That was sick for a bit with the flu or something like that. Then everybody else around me got it. So that was not a pleasant experience. Everyone around me is starting to feel better now. But it sucked there for a while.

I reset my phone and in doing so I lost all my contacts. I thought I had saved my contacts but come to find out it must not have worked. So now all my contacts are gone. So when people contact me I always have to ask who it is, LOL.

Quick Blog

I been battling the flu.  Been down and out for a bit now. I do know one thing, the flu sucks.

I want to send out a shout out to Justin.    A robber tried to rob Justin.  Justin was sliced during the event.  But Justin was able to kick the robber’s butt and stab the robbery and break the robber’s arm.   Glad you are ok and hope you have a speedy recovery.  Glad you kicked the robber’s butt.

I am now finally catching up on Chicago Fire.  And I am at season 6 on Supernatural.  And still on season 2 for American Horror Story.

I am SOOOOOO EXCITED about the X-Files starting up in a few days!!!

First Official Ham Radio Contest


I worked my first official contest today. I got a total of 12 contacts. A total score of 120.  I was able to hit the Cayman Islands.  I was trying to find the balloon rally in AZ.  They were working this weekend. I am hoping to get them tomm.  I love working special stations. That would be awesome for that one, because I love hot air balloons!!!   Below is a list of my NAQP log.   I had a lot of fun doing it 🙂


CREATED-BY: N3FJP’s NAQP Contest Log 3.9

QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 1807  K4HA Pat VA
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 1822  KC0W Tom ND
QSO: 21000 PH 2016-01-16 1832  ZF2PG Pete ZF2
QSO: 21000 PH 2016-01-16 1835 N2IC Steve NM
QSO: 21000 PH 2016-01-16 1857  NY7N Andy AZ
QSO: 28000 PH 2016-01-16 1858  N6ZFO Bill CA
QSO: 28000 PH 2016-01-16 1906  W6NL Dave CA
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 1917  W7RQ Bob UT
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 2011  NX6T Pat CA
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 2036  NE1C Puablo MA
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 2044  W1CTN Jerry CT
QSO: 14000 PH 2016-01-16 2110  N1IXF Rich CT

Emergency Communications, Ham Radio Operator Flipped His Vehicle In Colorado

I am currently listening to a live emergency communications on HF.  3.916

A ham radio operator near Colorado Springs has flipped his vehicle and is trapped in a ravine off highway 24.  Several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area and are currently searching for him.

They are doing a good job on the emergency communications.

His name is Mike.   From the sounds of it he broke in the net on 3.916 with the emergency comms.  and now everyone is trying to help him. They are dispatching a ton of resources to help locate him.  They are only getting mic clicks out of him now.  Last communication at the time of writing this was approx 11:38 pm (CDT)

I am recording the audio, but the band conditions are poor.

Hoping they find this guy soon!

Update: They heard 2 clicks from him approx 12:02 AM (CDT)    they are trying to communicate with him via voice but they are using mic clicks to communicate.  They still have yet to find him. This is still developing!


Winning The Powerball



So the Powerball lottery is now 1.4 billion dollars.   Holy cow that is a ton of money!   What would you do with all that cash?   I was asked this question, and here is my answer:    The first thing I would do is hire a lawyer who specializes with the lottery. I would first pay off any debt I owe.  I would then invest into my children’s education.   Buy a decent house for my family,  and those close to me as well.  I would invest into the city by building positive things for the children and citizens.  I would like to bring back the outdoor theaters. Those were fun back in the day, alot of good family memories. I would donate a lot of it to charities and “pay it forward”  as well.    When you think about it, 1 billion dollars!  You can do anything you want and then some.

If you win, don’t forget about me  😉    LOL

Curse Of Oak Island Thoughts…..

I was watching The Curse Of Oak Island earlier tonight and I got to thinking about something. If you have all that money, then why do they not buy a drill truck themselves? Instead of hiring that company to do it all the time.

This way they can drill their own holes whenever and where ever they like.

I would think by now they probably have invested enough money in hiring them to drill holes, that they could have probably bought their own drill truck by now.

I am going to google some stuff in a bit. I am going to see how much one of those trucks cost and how much it costs to hire someone to drill a hole.

Just out of curiosity.

This is one of my favorite shows on tv right now.  Pretty interesting.

I think it is a PR thing for the brothers to sell the island later on.  Basically do their thing then since having the tv show it attracts potential interested buyers for when they do sell and it will be easier to sell and raise the value. Good business strategy……………