2020

Rickie Traeger: May 23rd 2020 Storm Chase

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May 23rd 2020 Storm Chase

The NWS predicted some severe weather was possible for our area later in the day. I honestly did not think much of it.
Because the last time I looked at the models, it did not impress me much.
So I did not think much was going to happen in our area.  I guess I was wrong………..

Bill (KC9OJP)  started up a Winnebago County SKYWARN activation net.

(Listen to the audio below!)

I might write up a detailed article about this chase, so look forward to that later on sometime.

Below are several videos and photos.  Wish I could recover my content from my cell phone.
My cell phone got soaked and ended up being fried. So I lost all my photos and videos from the storm.
I was able to recover some, but not the good footage 🙁

Watch the videos in HD if possible


Winnebago County SKYWARN activation net audio








Rickie Traeger: New SD Card Working Great!




So I tried to recover my data from that SD card from my previous post.  

I was hoping it had recorded some dash camera footage of some deer that were crossing the roadway.

Come to find out, I was able to recover the data that was on there. BUT…………

Literally about 10 seconds before seeing the deer, is when the sd card went corrupt.

So it did not even save that footage at all, so it ended up being nothing to recover.

But with all bad things, always comes good stuff.

I was able to buy bigger and better SD card for the camera now.  🙂

I put it to the test, and working great now!

I am using my SJ5000 camera as my dash camera now. 😉

 

 








Rickie Traeger: SD Card Error , grrrr




Good morning everyone!  

I was using my gopro as a dash camera to see how well it does.  Well I was traveling down the road and 3 deer jumped out in front of my vehicle.

I had to slam on the brakes, to avoid hitting them. I was doing 5 under. I never speed these days.  Thankfully I was doing my usual 5 under the speed limit!

3 Deer jumped out in front of me! Thankfully, I was able to stop and let them cross the road.  I was thinking damn that was pretty close.

Then i got to thinking I am recording with my gopro and thought that would be some cool footage.

So I get back home and the damn sd card is corrupt, grrrrrrrrr! And the messed up part about it all, the gopro had just stopped recording its last file not even 15 seconds before the deer crossed!

So I literally missed the deer, and literally missed the deer on the gopro, because the sd card got corrupt.

Now it is time to go looking for a new card.  Man, that sucks!

 








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…

 








New Kids On The Block – House Party




As many of you know I love  New Kids On the Block.  Huge fan of theirs for years.  I caught lots of heck from friends. But hey, oh well. I like the them!  I was browsing Youtube and saw they came out with a new song!  If you grew up in the 90’s you will recognize many people in the video.  🙂

 








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: May 11th Blog.. Jury Duty & Old Roots




Good morning everyone!
Well I dunno if it is morning or evening, because it is 12:30 am I write this up, LOL. 

I been doing a lot of stuff with Rockford Scanner.  My overall goal with Rockford Scanner is to bring the scanner hobby back. That has been my goal from day one.  So I am going to re-focus on that some.  Even though the police encrypted their radios, there is still a lot to listen too. See that is the thing, many people assume since it is called “police scanners” that you can only listen to police.  That is wrong. There are a lot of stuff you can listen too.  Police that are not encrypted, fire, medical, aircraft, race cars, fm radio, ham radio, satellites, plus much more!

Guess what I get to do soon, JURY DUTY!    Yup, they called me into jury duty in the near future.  I have already looked up the dockets of all the trials on the date. And I have done stories on several of the trials. So I know a lot of information already on some of these trials. And from what information that I have been told, these people are NOT guilty. So it be interesting if they choose me, because I already know alot about several of these trials already and my opinion based on the stuff that has been told to me already, they are not guilty.   I wonder if they will let me do jury duty anyways, since I am a well known local journalist that knows a lot of stuff?  Shall be interesting to see on jury duty day! LOL

 








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: 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?