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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: 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: Spot The Space Station, Space-X Launch, Etc…




 Happy Tuesday! Quick shout out to everyone. Hopefully you have a good day today!

I get to go work on the vehicle today.  I hate working on vehicles. So that is my plans for the day, to fix the vehicle. Wish me luck! LOL.

As you know I love looking up at the stars at night time whenever I get the chance.  Lately it has been cold or cloudy. So, I have not had the chance to do that recently. But I been trying to keep up with the astronomy and space news

Space-X is doing a launch tomm!  If I recall, around 11:50 am. Watch it on Nasa TV.

https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

While on the Nasa website, I found a really cool thing. It is called Spot The Station. They have the dates and times that you can spot the station. Below is for the Rockford area. If you are wondering about the degrees, hold out your arm and make a fist. Put your fist at the horizon. The top of your fist is approx. 10 degrees 🙂

From Spot The Station website

Tue Dec 3, 4:50 PM 4 min 16° 11° above NW 10° above NE  
Tue Dec 3, 6:27 PM 1 min 17° 11° above NW 17° above NNW  
Wed Dec 4, 5:38 PM 3 min 19° 10° above NW 18° above NNE  
Thu Dec 5, 4:50 PM 4 min 17° 10° above NW 11° above NE  
Thu Dec 5, 6:26 PM 2 min 24° 10° above NW 24° above NNW  
Fri Dec 6, 5:38 PM 3 min 29° 11° above NW 27° above NE  
Fri Dec 6, 7:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WNW 10° above WNW  
Sat Dec 7, 4:50 PM 5 min 22° 11° above NW 11° above ENE  
Sat Dec 7, 6:26 PM 2 min 43° 10° above WNW 43° above WNW  
Sun Dec 8, 5:37 PM 5 min 59° 10° above NW 25° above ESE  
Mon Dec 9, 4:49 PM 6 min 38° 10° above NW 12° above E  
Mon Dec 9, 6:28 PM 2 min 29° 24° above WSW 24° above SSW  
Tue Dec 10, 5:37 PM 6 min 51° 10° above WNW 11° above SE  
Wed Dec 11, 4:49 PM 6 min 87° 10° above NW 12° above SE  
Wed Dec 11, 6:29 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above SW 10° above SW