Rickie Traeger Blog: Quick blog for Friday. Happy Friday!



I missed Thursday’s blog, sorry.   I been under the weather a bit, so haven’t did much recently. So there is no new updates to blog about.

I am hoping Sunday is “warmer”  so I can take the girls out sledding. It has been too cold to go this winter. But it supposed to “warm up” to around 30 degrees on Sunday, which is going to be a heat wave, lol.  They were calling for snow, but sounds like the chances are becoming slimmer and slimmer each time I read the forecast. I was hoping for snow, but it is now not looking like much (if any) on Sunday.

I re-programmed my ham radio the other day.  I used to have all the repeaters in for a 100 mile range. But I was not able to it a lot of them, so I figured it was pointless to keep them programmed in the radio. I decided to re-program it for the local repeaters and also to work satellites.  Speaking of!  They are launching several ham satellites in 2018!!!  They also launched Fox-1B recently. I don’t think it is active yet though, but it is up in space now 🙂

Speaking of space, that China satellite that is coming back down to Earth out of control is supposed to come into our atmosphere around March. And the USA is in it’s path as of the recent predictions.  Kinda scary knowing this thing may crash in the USA, considering the size and also the chemicals on board it that will cause havoc when it crashes. Very dangerous chemicals that will be exposed when it crashes down to Earth. If by chance, this thing lands near you, do NOT touch it or breath in the air.

Winter Olympics are coming soon!  go Team USA!!!





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