Rickie Traeger Blog: Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale





This is going to be a quick blog.   Tonight is the mid-season finale of the Walking Dead.  I have a feeling that it will be another cliffhanger ending.

I think Gabriel might pass away.  His condition in recent episodes was pretty bad. So I think he will be a character they will probably kill off. I hate for em to do so, cuz I like him.  But they have killed off characters in the past who are favorites.  Another thing I like about the show, unpredictable.

I guess in a few more hours I will probably be blogging about the episode, and prob in shock and awe and probably mad cuz a cliffhanger ending, LOL.

 

 

 

 





 

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

 

 

 





 

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: Quick Blog About Rockford Scanner, Volunteers, Scene Videos, Etc..





December 7th 2017 Blog

Well I did not have the chance to take off for a day on Rockford Scanner like I was hoping too.  So, I am hoping that I can today.  I need a few days off actually. I don’t even remember the last time I literally took a day off. A few months back at least.  I really want a vacation, somewhere warm!

Will and I went to go work some scenes earlier tonight.  We worked a fire scene and 2 rollover accidents.  It was cold outside, but I made sure I was bundled up.  He was bundled up also.  Even though it’s cold out, we had fun.  It is fun, when ya enjoy doing what ya do.  That is documenting what’s going on and reporting it to the citizens so they are informed and safer.

Check out the videos below.


It is snowing outside.  Yes, Snow!  It is not much but it is sticking to the ground, grass, streets.  It is very pretty to see.  As I write this, it sounds like thunder outside. Wonder if we have thunder snow?  Doubt it, cuz the temps outside are in the middle teens.  I know I just heard what sounded like thunder a few seconds ago. But its way too cold for thunder snow. Weird.  Anyways, its very cold outside and it is snowing. So please dress warm and allow some extra time to scrape off your vehicles this morning and drive to work.  It is the dry snow, so it is easy to remove. But the roadways were getting a lil slippery.


My cousin told me to watch this show on Netflix called “Shot in the dark”  she said it is exactly what I do and I would like it.  So I popped it on and began watching it.  Pretty interesting stuff.  The only difference is, they sell their content to the media. And well, I am media. But everything they say and do, is dam near what I do overall.  Was pretty interesting to watch it.  It was like a mirror image really.  They are more intense though.  They take things to the extreme. I just kick back at a distance and use a zoom lens.  So that part I did see a difference between them and I.  They get up in the scenes, I respect the1st responders and keep back at a distance.  But the show is a good one for sure, be sure to check it out! Kudos to my cousin for turning me onto it.

 


Alright I am getting tired. I wanted to make a quick log real quick.

Before I go, I am looking for volunteers at Rockford Scanner.  If your interested http://rockfordscanner.com/volunteer-for-rockford-scanner/





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Tonight’s Supermoon, Skywarn Training, Walking Dead Tonight, Rock Music!





 

Supermoon

December 3rd 2017 Blog 

Today is Sunday December 3rd 2017 and guess what that means?!?  Yup, Supermoon!  Tonight is the supermoon.  I am excited.  Now if only the weather will hold off so we can all watch it! According to the weather man, it is supposed to be partly cloudy which is good!  Last night we missed the ISS sighting, but hey we can see the Supermoon tonight!  Well let’s keep our fingers crossed! LOL   I plan on taking photos of it.

Share your photos with me at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

I will be posting your photos on Rockford Scanner!

Read about the supermoon at http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/12/rockford-scanner-tonight-is-the-supermoon-send-us-your-supermoon-photos/


Walking Dead is on tonight!  Super excited about that also.  Sad that there is only 2 episodes left before the mid-season finale.  But it looks like it is going to be a good episode.  As you know I watch that show religiously!  So I cannot wait to watch it tonight!


I am currently chilling to Music Choice ROCK music station.  It is nice to hear some new rock music.  I really am bummed that the WXRX plays the older rock. Don’t get me wrong, the older music is good and what I grew up on, but I want NEW rock music.  The WXRX 104.9 is definitely not like what it used to be, that is for sure. It sucks these days. It be much better if they went back to their roots and played NEW ROCK MUSIC!  I don’t get to listen to music much these days. But when I do it is my “getaway” and I want to listen to the new stuff and see what’s out there these days.


I retook a refresher course in storm chasing. Not like I needed it. But I always like to keep up to date on things.  Heck I been storm chasing and spotting for numerous years and the course was a breeze.  But the reason why I am bringing it up, is because many people out there want to become storm spotters.  And I wanted to share the info with you.

It is always best to become a spotter, before a chaser!

Go here ~ https://www.meted.ucar.edu

Signup, its free.  Then search for Skywarn.

Enjoy!





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Santa Clause Net, Kids Can Talk To Santa Clause On Ham Radio





I wanted to share this awesome experience!

They have a Santa Net on 3.916  (Ham Radio)  at 7:30 pm CDT

Every Night until December 24th, so if you miss it tonight you have a chance every night until December 24th to try 🙂

My daughter was able to talk to Santa, and she was super excited!

I think everyone should be able to experience this great event.


The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz.

For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com

The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/

 

Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, “Christmastime is our favorite time of the year on 3.916 MHz. We really enjoy being able to help young people experience both the magic of Christmas and the magic of amateur radio.”

Youngsters can talk to “Santa at The North Pole” via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, “For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. With this amount of territory to cover, The Santa Net requires the efforts of a number or relay stations. Our relay stations do a super job and really enjoy bringing the spirit of Christmas to the amateur radio airwaves.”

For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.

Note:  Please remember to adhere to all FCC Rules & Regulations pertaining to 3rd Party Traffic. Thanks!

Prenet Check Ins Welcome

Reserve a spot with Santa by making a pre-net check in.  You can check in either on the air starting at 7 PM (Central) or by emailing KE5GGY@gmail.com

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas from The 3916 Nets!!!

Every year on 3916, we give good little boys and girls a chance to talk to Santa Claus at the North Pole!   It is indeed a magical experience to experience kids talking with Santa through the magic of Amateur Radio!   

The Santa Net is on the air every night, November 24th through December 24th at 7:30 PM Central.  

To participate in The Santa Net, just have your kids prepared to tell Santa their top 2-3 gift wishes.   

http://www.tailgatersnet.com/santa-net.html

http://ke5ggy.blogspot.com/2016/11/kids-talk-to-santa-on-ham-radio.html