Rickie Traeger Blog: Amateur Radio & Storm Spotting 2, Just Finished Reading And My Personal Review on It





I just got done reading a book called Amateur Radio and Storm Spotting 2.

Check it out at ~ CLICK HERE


Figured I would write a quick review on it.   I would rate it a 3 star, out of 5.

Before buying the book, I was reading the reviews from people online.  So I had a lot of expectations going into it.  Based on the reviews.

I use a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, as my reader. Very good Kindle!

The Bad: When I hit the 64% mark, the main book ended!  I was like WTF!!!  The rest was appendix!  This is my main reason for the 3 star rating.  I was expecting it to be a lot longer than it was.  The appendix area was alot. I personally feel that the main book itself should have been longer.  Based on the reviews and what I was reading from other readers, it was a long book. Well, I flew through this book pretty quickly.  Literally.

Also, the information was so-so.  I am a trained storm spotter for many years now, so I guess I should toss this information out there. So I knew everything that was in the book already pretty much.  So it was easy for me to read through and understand.

If you are just starting out, it is a good book and might be a little too much to take in at times. But there are several areas that do provide some good education to learn from.  It gives you the basic outlines on the in’s and out’s.

To be honest, you could probably learn more from a simple google search.  But I still do recommend people buying this, to help support the authors.

The Good:  There were some areas that I did learn some stuff.  Even though I know alot, I did learn some new stuff.  I do like how they posted the links to the sources and in the appendix gave you a tutorial on how to do live maps.  I been wanting to learn how to do the live maps, but never really took the time to learn yet. So this book did spark that interest once again.  I did enjoy how one of the authors is kinda local, out of the Woodstock area. 2 Counties over.  That was another cool thing I did enjoy about it.  I also liked how they provided some examples of the AAR (After-Action-Report) and also their personal experiences.  So it kinda made it a little more personal while reading the book.

Overall:  I do recommend people buying the book to support the authors.  I had a high expectation going in to read the book based on other reviews.  So I wanted to be open and honest on my review, without doing spoilers.  The book is shorter than I expected. But at times, it had some good knowledge. If you already know alot about weather, then you might want to pass on this.  If you are just starting out or wanting to start your own Skywarn group, then buy this.  They do provide some good links and examples in the book.  And I like how they did positive re-enforcement in the book as well.  They are right, no situation will ever be identical. You will always be learning. If you say you know “everything”  then you are lying.  Because even though you may know alot, you will never know everything.  So, there is always room for improvements and training.  I do like how they pointed this out, because it is true!

 

 

 

 

 





 

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