Rickie Traeger Blog:: Worked Haiti On Ham Radio, UFC 3





 

 

Good evening everyone.

I been holding off on blogging this week.  I figured it be best to kick back and relax a bit.  Was enjoying the warm weather, but it is now freezing outside!  Joys of winter.  Today is Groundhogs Day, and 6 more weeks of winter lol.

I was able to make a DX contact this week on HF.  It was HH2AA in Haiti.  I was hearing him strong, 5/9 plus. I was lucky to have worked him when I did. Because moments afterwards, he decided to jump off the radio. Right in the middle of a pileup, lol.  

I bought UFC3 earlier today. So I plan on playing that a lot!  I think there is not much difference between 2 and 3. Well that I have saw so far. I am sure there is, lol. But it kinda feels as I am playing UFC2.   Speaking of UFC3, I am going to pop off here and play that.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Worked Switzerland on HF, Winter Field Day, Enjoying Time Off For Few Days





 

 

I thought I would pop onto HF Friday morning for a few minutes. I called out CQ a few times. Then KN4GBZ responded back to me.  I about dropped ot the floor when he told me he was working remotely in Switzerland!!!   He was there for a vacation ski trip. I was able to hold a QSO with him for a few minutes then propagation bottomed out on us.

Yesterday was Winter Field Day. I was able to attend the Northern Illinois ARES and Skywarn WFD.  But I was not able to make it to the RARA WFD.  I was hoping to make it to both.   At the ARES one, I was able to socialize and see some pretty neat setups.  Being the location it was held at,  I also was able to see a group of deer in the field and a beautiful sunset!   I didn’t work any of the equipment. I mainly went to socialize and have fun.  Which I did 🙂   It was good to see everyone.  It is good to see the Northern Illinois ARES and SKYWARN team ready to go for any situation.

I haven’t did too much RS stuff the last few days. I been taking time away to spend family time.  Later on tonight I am going to focus back on RS.  I was able to enjoy some quality time away.  Now its time to get back in the groove 🙂

I want everyone to still keep Raeanne, Brandon and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  They are going through such a difficult time.  Please send some positive vibes their way.   May Justin R.I.P.

I have missed the last few nights of Coast to Coast AM.  Been some good topics on there too!  Thank god I am a C2C Insider and can listen to them when I want too 🙂   I think my plans later on today, will go and listen to those archives.

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Rest In Peace Dolores O’Riordan, Meteor Explodes Over Michigan, Northern Illinois ARES and SKYWARN, Photography, X-Files Is On Tonight!





 

 

Good morning everyone!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Wednesday!

I just found out one of my favorite bands, the lead singer of The Cranberries (Dolores O’Riordan) has passed away 2 days ago!   This is sad, because she was awesome and a hell of an artist!  May she Rest In Peace!


I fell asleep last night, so I missed watching Curse Of Oak Island!  I was super tired though.  So I got some well needed rest.

Speaking of TV shows, my X-Files comes on tonight!   I am super excited!!!


Not too much happened yesterday.  Just kicked back and relaxed awhile.  I been hurting pretty bad lately. As you know I injured myself, and it has been hurting pretty bad. So I been trying to take it easy.


I went to the ARES meeting Monday night.  Driving there and back was a little fun with the road conditions. But I made it there and back in one piece.   I got to meet KV9E (Jerry)  in person. Was awesome meeting him.  I also got to talk to Dave. I haven’t seen him since hamfest.  And we were able to discuss the upcoming Winter Field Day at the end of the month.  And also SKYWARN stuff.  It was a good meeting overall.  Northern IL ARES and SKYWARN is a great group of people and I am proud of them and and proud to be a part of them.  Keep up the great work!


I am trying to work on something for my website here. I don’t want to spoil it yet. But it has been hard to figure out. I like challenges, but at the same time it is frustrating lol.   I will be happy once it is up and active 😉

That is the one cool thing about owning my own website. I can do what I want, when I want and how I want.  It is a part of me and I can express what i like and do not like. And say what I want thanks to the Freedom Of Speech. And speaking of, I need to finish up those questions on the About Me page on here.


I been wanting to do more photography in 2018.  I been thinking of a theme to do. I have several in mind. But I think I will leave it up to my fans (or haters lol)  What theme should I do for photography for 2018?

Speaking of photography, I been going through older photos I took and touching them up and messing around.  Below is just one of many. I been experimenting with HDR and also monochrome.

That photo is of Art Nalls Harrier Jet at the Rockford Airport 5 years ago. I was using my T2I camera back then.  I did a little HDR with this photo. It kind of makes it look “vintage” in a way.  What do you think of the photo?


I just found out a meteor exploded over the Michigan area a few hours ago. Check out this amazing video!


I will close this out for now. May Dolores O’Riordan Rest In Peace! You will be missed by many!  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Wednesday!

Do not forget the X-Files is on tonight at 7 PM pm Fox 🙂


 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Good Morning Everyone! Blog Updates On Draculaura, Quadcopter, Weather, SKYWARN & ARES, Etc…





 

Good morning everyone!

Shout out to the salt trucks crew, they did an awesome job yesterday as the weather came through.  They laid the salt down thick and was hardly an accidents that I am aware of. Many kudos!


Yesterday was warm and I was hoping to get a flight in. But the ceiling was low and it was wet out. So I did not get a flight in, as I was hoping for.


I bought a cheap VR setup. It was $9 at Walmart.  I was able to VR for the first time yesterday. Definitely an experience. I know everyone has probably experience Virtual Reality, besides me lol. But I was able to do it yesterday. I downloaded an app called Haunted House. I was hoping that it would scare me. But it did nit, but it was still a cool experience to do VR and walk around. It takes 15 hours, to recharge this thing, ouch!  But heck, for $9 you can’t beat it.


We had a good turn out for the Northern Illinois ARES and also SKYWARN nets last night. Had some new voices in there.  Definitely good to hear!  If you want to join in (Have to have your ham radio license) or if you want to listen in. It is Thursday nights on 147.195 repeater.  ARES is at 7 pm. SKYWARN is at 8 pm.  Be sure to catch them both!


Draculaura I think is getting ready to molt.  If you do not already know, Draculaura is my pet tarantula.  She has not been to active recently.  And been doing a couple of other key things, that gives me hints she is about to molt.  She has yet to do so, since I bought her.  So I kinda been waiting.  I keep her well fed, so it is just a matter of time. I will post updates on her as they become available.


 

January 12th
Kiss a Ginger Day
National Curried Chicken Day
National Marzipan Day
National Pharmacist Day

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Waze, Minecraft, Wishing Everyone Safe Travels This Weekend





I know many people will be traveling this weekend for the holidays. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. If you are traveling, please be safe.  If you plan on traveling,  I recommend the free app on your cell phone that will assist you with traffic alerts. It is called WAZE.   I mentioned it before, and I will again.  It is free and very useful!

My daughter and I played Minecraft for many hours earlier today.  We got alot accomplished on there. We were able to build several houses, mine a ton, and got alot done.  I like how it is split screen, even though it is smaller to see, lol.

I am hoping Santa brings a Weather station here to the house.   I can only wish, but I do not see that happening, lol.   It is about to get COLD out!  Lows down to 0 degrees, been awhile since we been that low.  It is that time of year though 🙁   I was hoping we would have gotten more snow last night. We only got maybe a .10 of an inch here.

Speaking of weather, I am almost done with my Weather/SKYWARN page on here. I am hoping to have that done here in the next few days.  I have the core done, but want to add more content to it before I make it public.  So be on the lookout for that page to come soon!


December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
Forefathers Day – December 22 (Unless on Sunday, Then Following Monday)

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Snow In The Forecast, Funny Photo, December 8th National Days





I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.   The weatherman is predicting some snow tonight.  I am excited!  I hate cold weather, but love the snow!

With that being said, usually the snow brings a ton of accidents.  I can sit here and tell people to slow down and drive safe and allow extra time.  But we all know, that even when being told that, people will still drive like maniacs and will crash. It is just the way it goes.

The weatherman has predicted 3 inches at one time, all the way down to less than an inch.  So in reality we really do not know what to expect for the amount.  The weather men and women do a good job at what they do. But Mother Nature is going to do what she wants.

I just hope and pray everyone uses caution if they plan on driving. And to allow extra time and drive slow.


A friend of mine posted the photo below on social media.  And it was too funny not to share.  But to be politically correct I should toss one of those disclaimers out there, lol. The photo is not mine. I am not responsible for anyone’s actions or behavior and their drinking problems. I am not liable for any injuries, mental, stress, and all that other stuff, lol. On a serious note,  its a funny photo. Do not try this at home, all though it does seem like a cool idea 😛

I do not drink, but if I did I would sooo do this.

Time for some treasure hunting!


December 8
National Salesperson Day – Second Friday in December
National Brownie Day
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day   ~  DR Who!

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Ham Radio & Storm Spotter Recognition Day, ISS Passover, Sunset Photo





  December 2nd 2017 Blog 

Not a whole lot to add to today’s blog.

I was looking forward to watching the ISS pass overhead earlier tonight around 5 PM, well once again Mother Nature did not cooperate!  It was cloudy 🙁    So we did not get to see it.

Speaking of though, OMG the sunset was beautiful again tonight!  

I was able to work the Pearl Harbor memorial station on HF earlier today. I was looking forward to hearing and working them, and I was able too. Sounds like they were having some technical difficulties though.

Also I worked several NWS stations today for the Storm Spotter Recognition Day. That was super awesome as well!  I look forward to that every year.

My logging software for some reason has stopped uploading my logbook to my server. But as I was typing this, I had an idea and I was able to get it to work again!  Some reason it had stopped working and did not upload to my server. But I just had an idea and it is now back to normal again.  I was able to fix it.

Here is my HF Logbook ~CLICK HERE

My Ham Radio Page ~ CLICK HERE 






 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Stroll On State, Thief Caught On Camera, Weekend, ADB-S





Saturday November 25th 2017 Blog

Good morning everyone!  I hope everyone had a safe Black Friday!

I went out to try to get some deals, that didn’t happen, LOL.   Did see a lot of people and fans. It was a pleasure meeting everyone yesterday.   I went out early afternoon. There was no way I was going to stand in those long lines, lol.  Probably why I didn’t get any deals.

I learned awhile back ago,  that stores advertise a product for Black Friday.  But they only have 1 or 2 actually in stock.  That way it draws people in to buy other things. And in reality they have 1 or 2 in stock, so they can legally say they had it in stock. And while all those people standing in those loooong lines, get screwed.  So there is no way in heck, I am ever standing in a line again, knowing what practices retail stores do these days.  

OMG, Yesterday was beautiful outside!  I did get to enjoy the weather a bit.  I know it is not going to last long. So enjoy it while it is here. Winter is nipping at our toes!  Hard to believe Christmas is a month away.  I always look at things in a positive note.  That is it is not long before New Years and then a few more months till spring!


Rockford Scanner Stuff:  

A Rockford Scanner fan sent me this video of a thief. This idiot decided to steal a package from their mailbox! Near Rockford Memorial Hospital

One thing I hate in life are Liars and Thieves. 

I guess this dude don’t realize he just committed a FEDERAL offense, so when he gets caught its full jail time. Messing with a mailbox or contents is a federal offense.  So when he is caught, is going to have to serve his full term.

If you know who this idiot is, call the RPD.  

Tonight is the “Stroll On State”  

I will not be attending this year, sorry.

So be sure to send your videos and photos to RockfordScanner@Gmail.com 

Information on it at https://www.gorockford.com/stroll-on-state/  2-9 P.M

Events and times: https://www.gorockford.com/stroll-on-state/events-attractions/

 


November 25th

  • National Parfait Day

  • Blase´Day

  • Shopping Reminder Day

  • Small Business Saturday – Saturday After Thanksgiving


On a last note, I hope everyone has a safe weekend!  I am going to be adding content to my website here, and trying to figure out how I can add my ADB-S to my website. If anyone knows how, let me know!  I think it be a great feature to add to my website.






 

Black Friday, Website Progress, National Holidays




Good afternoon everyone!  I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!

If you are out doing some Black Friday shopping, be safe.  Been a few reports of some disturbances, nothing severe just shoplifters and disorderly people.  Also a lot of traffic out on the roadways.  So be careful driving also.

As you noticed, I am in the process of redoing my website.  Kinda bear with me for awhile, while I get things back up and running. I am currently working on building the pages on here.  I have a brief “About Me” up now.  I still need to add to it, but it is a brief background.


I plan on doing my daily blogs on here and posting them to RS. Those blogs will include RS updates, the daily posts I do on there, I will now be doing on here.

Many were asking about me doing that.  I have listened to everyone’s feedback and am trying to do what people want 🙂


November 24th
National Sardines Day
National Day of Listening – Day After Thanksgiving
National Native American Heritage Day – Day After Thanksgiving
Black Friday – Day After Thanksgiving
Buy Nothing Day – Day After Thanksgiving
Flossing Day – Day After Thanksgiving
Maize Day – Day After Thanksgiving
You’re Welcomegiving Day – Day After Thanksgiving


I am going to being a blog post in a few hours, about my Thanksgiving 🙂 So be sure to check back later on, for my Thanksgiving blog!!!