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Rickie Traeger: July 31st Blog: Got To Meet JB ONeill, Hiking, Ham Radio………………..

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1962 Volkswagon Bus Scale 1/32

 

Good morning everyone! 

Hopefully everyone is still staying safe and healthy!

My daughter and I went on a hike out at the park the other day.

She found a 1962 Volkswagon Bus scale 1/32 near the creek.    Looked like it had been in the creek for years.  She brought it home and I cleaned it up some.  I took this photo of it.  Pretty good photo, for being a cell phone photo.

We hiked a few trails for a bit.  I had to take a photo of this landscape. It reminded me of the movie “IT” with Pennywise.

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Rock Cut State Park

We went over by the dam area of the park.  While we were there we got to meet and watch some professional wakeboarders.  JB ONeill and some of his friends were in town doing a film and promo.  https://www.youtube.com/user/jboneill They were actually filming when we went down to meet them.  They were very friendly.  They explained they were in town doing a promo and filming.  I took a video of them wakeboarding down the dam.    It was pretty cool to watch them!  My daughter and I enjoyed watching them wakeboard, and was cool seeing them wakeboard down the dam. Did I also mention they were using a drone to film 🙂   I asked them how deep the water was there, they said they could touch the bottom.  I had always thought it was way deeper than that.

I was able to get my 2 meter ham radio back on the air yesterday. I am back on the air again! 🙂

I haven’t checked the SWR on it yet, so I am not going to be on it much until I get the SWR checked on my antenna.  But I am back on the air, thats is the main thing.  It will probably be awhile before I get back on HF though 🙁    But hey, at least I am back on 2m 🙂








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: 520, Mortal Kombat & Payday 2, Charleston Chew!




Good evening everyone! 

Hope everyone had a warm and safe weekend!

I got some Christmas shopping done over the weekend. And kicked back to relax for the most part.  I been playing Payday 2 and Mortal Kombat XL over the weekend.  I so am not good at Mortal Kombat, LOL.   Got beaten many times. I thought I was good, guess I was wrong, lol.   I used to be very good at it on the snes. Darn good at it.  Not these days i guess, LOL.

I talked on the radio awhile on Saturday. Was able to talk to some on the 520.  It is usually hit or miss with that freq.  On the weekends, it is better to make contacts on there than on the weekday. I think cuz many more people are near the radio on the weekends.  I was able to rx pretty far though, I think the band might have been open some 🙂

My wife bought me a charelston chew candybar 🙂    I have been looking all over for one, for awhile now and no one sells them anymore. Or at least every place I have been to, to buy one. And I have been to many places, lol.  They sell the boxed small chews, and not the actual candy bars. But somehow she found me one! 🙂

I am going to pop off here and work on the website some. I am trying to learn a few things, reading up on the documentations of some stuff. Before I actually make some changes. I used to never look at instructions or the documentation stuff. But as I get older, I am doing it more and more. And kinda kicking myself in the rear for not doing so earlier, lol. You learn a ton from it 🙂