Rickie Traeger Blog: Happy Valentine’s Day, Survival Off Grid Post





I first want to start this off by saying Happy Valentines Day!  I hope everyone enjoys their Valentines!  Happy Valentines Day!

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As many of you know I always like to be prepared. Best to be prepared, than not be. With the world as it is these days , you never know what may happen. If we had to go back to living like cavemen, not many people would know what to do to survive.  So I figured i would post a generalized survival blog post in hopes to helping or at least motivate others into learning how to survive a bit.

So I been reorganizing everything and going through and seeing what i have and don’t have. And trying to make things right.  Bu SHTF bag is good to go. I just need to add a hobo stove or something like that to it. And I should be good to go there.  I have it tightly packed will all the essentials.  I do need to add my radio equipment to it, but I will probably do that later this week.

I am searching for a few vehicle batteries.  They can be dead.  Yes, you can revive them lol.   I am going to setup a solar panel kit and use it for the ham radio stuff. Basically set it up and get used to it and get to know it.  I need a few vehicle batteries.

If you have one laying around that you been wanting to toss out, let me know!
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I been also making plans to work outside a lot this year.  One my other reasons why I want a solar setup.  As spring comes, I want to be able to chill outside and work and lay out and look at the stars, while working as well.  That is my goal for 2018.  Solar panel setup and working outside more this year.

I been researching a lot of stuff online and know many off grid friends. So with the knowledge of online and friends, I think I should be good.

When in survival you need to remember a few things. Safety, Water, Food, Shelter.  Those key things will keep you alive.

I been looking at those life straws, they seem pretty decent.  But at the same time a good ol fire and boiling water would be just as effective, if not more. So why buy one, when you can do it the natural way!  But on a related note, if you have a lifestraw and used it, I would like to hear your feedback on them.

Food: One thing I am really good at, that many don’t know. Is making traps.   Traps are priceless.  They can be used to catch food, warn of intruders, etc…  I won’t go into details for obvious reasons, but one thing I would recommend people researching is, building traps.   You can hunt while chilling at your shelter doing other life saving measures.

Water: One thing about survival and it is key. That is WATER!  I can not stress this enough!  It is extremely important to know a location of a moving water source.  Rivers, streams, creeks, etc…   I think having a shelter several miles away is key for me.  That way I don’t have to deal with flooding, but yet it is still close enough to get the water on a daily basis if needed. Boiling it for a few minutes should kill all the bacteria. As stated above, i been looking at those life staws, and been wanting to try those. But do not rely on those in times of need, boiling the water is the best way.

Shelter:  Well this one can go many directions, so I will keep it short and sweet.  Above ground, on the ground, below the ground, etc…  There are many types of shelters to build. So it is best to research these and figure out what is best for you and your family.  Things to remember are: How many people will it hold, how long you want it up, location, weather, threats, etc… See there are many variables on the situation and so many different types per situation, this could be a long blog on this topic alone. It is best to research and learn on this one.

Safety: This to me is the most important thing. First aid and knowing your surroundings and being careful. If you are incapacitated, well then what good are you for yourself and the team?  Make sure you have a good first aid kit.  Learn your surroundings such as the terrain layout, animals, threats,  etc…  This should be your starting point.   That is your water, food, safety and shelter! You can plan ahead by this knowledge. Yes, I should of added this more towards the top, but I didn’t put these in order lol.

Protection: Weapons are your friends in times like this.  Traps, Knives, Blades, Guns, Crossbows, Twigs, Sticks, Stones, Bricks, Pepper Spray, Batons, etc…  This list is a long one.  Pretty much anything you see can be used for protection.  Ex:Tossing a rock at an animal to fend it off.

Protecting you and your family is a high priority.  I  recommend you building some traps to warn you of intruders and also slowing the intruders down or stopping them. Then when they get closer, then your main weapons come into play.  You need to protect yourself and family, to survive.  Also you have to think about this from animal threats, to hunting, etc…  So protection is a must!

If the worst case scene does hit, many will panic and not know what to do.  So protecting yourself from them, (if they pose a threat) is priority. It is best to work as a team and in numbers, to survive. More people, more knowledge, more survival.

Navigation:  I realized not many people actually know or understand how to navigate via the sun. They use their gps, cell phones, etc…  And not the sun or a compass. I thought everyone knew this. Guess I was way wrong, lol!   So to put a long story short, Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.  If you can remember this, you are good to go.

I suggest reading up online and books and talking to people who know how to survive. This way you can gain knowledge on survival. There is a saying and I live by this one religiously.  “You can strip a man of all his possessions, but you can never strip him of his knowledge” and that saying is priceless.

I have so much to add to this post but I am super tired. So I think I might start up something on my website here on teaching others on how to survive. I think that be a good idea to teach others.

Stuff to have:  I am just naming off a few things here and will make a long list of survival items in the future.

  • Water: Some kind of container to boil over the campfire, lifestraw, etc..
  • Lighter, matches, lint, etc…. to start a camping fire
  • Extra clothes: Socks, underwear, shirt, gloves, hat, pants, glasses, etc..
  • Tent, Sleeping bag, etc…
  • Compass
  • Some kind of weapons for portection
  • Glue, Tape, Duct Tape, Etc…
  • Solar equipment
  • First aid stuff: Bandaids, alcohol, wraps, asprin, antibiotics, etc…
  • Fuel
  • Backpack
  • Lighting such as lanterns, flashlights, etc…
  • Bug spray
  • Whistle
  • Mirror
  • Cans, Containers, etc…
  • Radio equipment
  • Bartering: Money, gold, silver, things people need like cereal, ammo, clothes, etc…  Basically you can barter anything.

Will make an in depth blog on this topic in the future. I like this idea on helping others learn and what better thing to learn, than survival!

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Quick Blog For Today, The Grimm, Solar Storm, Etc…





 

 

It is 7 am as I write this, so I should say Good Morning to everyone.

A solar storm is headed our way. Hoping to see the Northern Lights this week. The downfall on the solar storm is poor HF conditions.  Also it is a good thing that we have our atmosphere. Because otherwise we would have some major issues. But thanks to mother nature, it is just poor HF and hopefully a beautiful light show.

Not to much to blog about today. I spent a great deal of time yesterday reorganizing my go bags. Making sure things are in order and added some things.  It is always best to be prepared, than to not be.

Going to be a heat wave tomm.  Going to be around 40 degrees. Been awhile since we last saw those high temps.  Might melt some this snow we recently had

Well I am going to pop off here. I wanted to pop on here and blog.  I been binge watching “The Grimm”  so I am going back to watching that.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Tuesday Blog, Cold and Snow, Ham Radio Meetings, Missing Those Who Passed





 

Good Morning! Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is staying warm it is -8 right now as I type this and alot of snow on the ground now.

My cousin posted a thing on social media on songs that turned 30 in 2018.  And holy cow that brought back a lot of memories. Hard to believe its been that long ago.  Time flies by.  30 years already.

On that topic,  Been thinking about those I have lost over the years. As they say, gone but never forgotten. I really miss everyone that I lost over the years. My dad, both grandpa’s, aunts and uncles, best friends, etc… I really do feel blessed to still be around these days.  I plan on living to be 116 years old.  So you guys are stuck with me a few more years, lol.    But on a serious note,  I really miss everyone. And I really do hope that when we do pass away, its not the end but the start of a brand new adventure.

Reminder to my ham radio friends, the RARA meeting is Friday. The ARES and SKYWARN meeting is this upcoming Monday.

 

 

 

 





 

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: Winter Field Day, ARES, SKYWARN, Net Control, Justins Funeral





 

 

Good morning everyone!

Life: Last night I cut my foot pretty deep.  It was an accident, but holy cow it hurts!  It is a deep cut. I cut it o the side of an object.  Go figure huh, lol.  I know it needed stitches, but I just put peroxide on it and then put a band aid on it and went to bed. I woke up this morning, and it hurts!

But that is the least of my worries right now.  I ask that you keep Raeanne and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Today is the hardest day of her and her families life. Justin’s funeral is today.  My heart aches for her and her family.  Please, keep her and Brandon and Adam and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers!

I was driving down E State street last night and saw this amazing car!  It was a BMW I8.  Yes, someone was driving a BMW I8 here in town!  Amzing looking car!  But at the same time, I thought to myself I wouldn’t be driving that in this city because you prob get it stolen with all the crime lol.  I looked online and it is Starting MSRP $143,400.00  that is the bare minimum price for the car.  Click this link, to view it ~ https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/bmwi/bmw-i8.html

The photo below is an online photo of the BMW I8.  

As you can see its an amazing car!  I have photos of it on my cell phone, but I have yet to transfer it to the pc yet.  So I used the online stock photo above, to show you how amazing the car is.  Whoever owns that car, has a ton of money!


Weather: I looked outside this morning hoping to see grass. There is still snow on the ground. Guess what?  They are calling for 50 degrees this weekend!  Yeah, that is not a typo!  50 degrees! Snow will be gone, warmer temps. It is going to be great!


Ham Radio: I am going to be getting back into weather satellite stuff.  Also I plan on getting a soldering practice kit. I been pricing them online. I admit, my soldering needs a lot of practice, lol.  Hence why I am going to get a soldering practice kit. This weekend is Winter Field Day!   I am supposed to be net control for the ARES net tonight. But with Justin’s funeral, I do not know if I will be able too. Hopefully I will be able too, but we have a great ARES team and they got me covered if I am not able to be net control.  Also Skywarn net is at 8 pm tonight on 147.195 repeater.


 

 

 





 

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’s Saturday Blog: Youtube, Phil Schneider, Ham Radio, Etc…





 

I want to wish everyone a safe and fun weekend!  It is still cold outside, but it is suppose to “warm up”  Sunday, so that will make things a little easier for us.

I want to send a shout out to the St Anthony ER staff and CT scan.
Keep up the great work!

I been spending more and more time on Youtube.  Pretty much anything you can think of, is on there these days.   I been watching the conferences and interviews with the UFO topic, and Phil Schneider, etc…    Note: Click on Phil Schneider name, to watch the last interview he ever made.  Pretty interesting stuff.   I also been watching videos on how to make ham radio equipment, How-to videos, DIY videos, weather videos, etc…   I love how Youtube is a wealth of knowledge these days.  I guess I should toss another disclaimer in here, lol.  Not everything you see or read is true, so use common sense and your own judgement for your opinions on the content on Youtube.

Speaking of weather.  Northern Illinois SKYWARN net starts up this Thursday the 11th at 8PM on the 147.195 repeater. So tune in and listen!  If you are a ham radio operator, then check in.   ARES net is at 7pm.

I was listening to the Friday Night Fun Net with Jimmy last night.  And listening to other ham radio operators goals for 2018.   And Gary response was reading the manuals to his radios.  I like that goal.  I need to do that on my end as well. I have a radio, that I need to learn the in and outs of.  So I think that is one of my goals for 2018, learn the in and out of my ham radio.

I am going to pop off here for now. I want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Weekend!

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: New Years Eve, What Was Good & Bad In 2017





 

Today is Sunday December 31st 2017. The last day of 2017! It is kind of bittersweet. Leaving 2017 and entering 2018.

2017 flew by!  I mean i can’t complain because if you think about it,  it won’t be long before it is Spring 2018 🙂    But on a serious note, winters always drag by and Summers always fly by. Never fails.

I was asked what was my favorite and worst memories of 2017.

My worst one is definitely losing Jeff.  N9IMI.   Him and I talked on the radio every night for many hours each night for a long time.   Him and I became close friends through the ham radio. Losing him took a toll on me. I distanced myself from ham radio for awhile as well.  So by far, the worst of 2017 was losing my good friend Jeff (N9IMI) May he Rest In Peace

The positive thing for 2017 would be just being able to wake up each day and spending time with my family and those I love and trust.  Nothing can ever top that.   If I had to choose a specific event, I think it would be that the New York Times revealed a big thing on UFO’s!  The government was doing a secret project to research UFO technology and released a military video of a UFO, from the USS Nimitz . CLICK HERE  That might even be the news of the decade!

2018 is just literally hours away!  I can not wait for the 3rd. The X-Files is coming back!  3 more days!  I am beyond excited!!!  I was asked about my New Year resolution. I have not put much thought into it.  I think if I had to choose one, it will be doing more photography in 2018.  I use my body camera a lot, and want to use that for time lapse and other photography projects.  I been getting back into the monochrome stuff again (black and white photos) so I might do that.  I am thinking about starting a 365 or 52 week photo project. What better time to start one, than January 1st 🙂

I know many people will be going out to party tonight, so please be safe. Use your head and think responsibly.  As you know, when it hits midnight there are numerous gunshots that go off. What goes up, comes back down.  So please please be safe out there tonight!  Do not drink and drive!

HAPPY New Year 2018!!!

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Interesting Interview on Coast To Coast AM tonight





I am sitting here listening to Coast to Coast AM, and it is by far one of the better episodes I have heard in awhile.  The guest David Wilcock has been saying some interesting stuff. If what he is saying is legit,  It is mind blowing!

I don’t want to spoil it for others. But he said he interviewed a man who said he has autopsied over 3,000 extraterrestrials.   I have an open mind on many things.  But I am really up in the air on that topic.  I guess it is plausible, because our universe is enormous.  He came out with the mans name who only came public, because of safety reasons.  It be interesting to see what comes about on this topic.

The guest David Wilcock, is just the messenger. From the people he has interviewed. So I want to make sure people have that clear. He is the middle man, relaying what was told to him. And he is telling everyone on Coast to Coast AM.  

If you want to listen to it, which I recommend. It is the December 23rd 2017 episode on Coat to Coast AM.  ~ CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 





 

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