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Rickie Traeger: How To Get WXRX To Play New Hard Rock Music? Or Buy & Setup Our Our Local FM Radio Station




 

Happy Friday!   Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful week. Yup, it is Friday!   Weekend time 🙂     So what does everyone have planned for the weekend?

I was thinking about going fishing this weekend.  I haven’t been fishing in awhile. I have my fishing license and all, but I just haven’t been fishing much this year, lol.

It has been raining steady in our area for awhile. Some well needed rain. But now that means my lawn will be growing again, lol.  I need some exercise anyways, so let it grow so I can mow,lol.

I  have been thinking…

What it would take to buy or setup a local FM broadcast station?   I want new hard rock music to be played in our area.  WXRX, plays the older music. And is the only rock station locally.  I wish I could pick up WJJO, but they are just out of range for me to pickup.  So my only rock station is WXRX.

Soooooooo…   How do we get WXRX to play new hard rock music? Or how do we buy or setup a local fm broadcast station so I can do it myself?

 








Rickie Traeger: Friday May 15th 2020 Blog




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Good morning everyone.   It is now officially Friday!   Friday Night Fun Net is tonight 🙂  146.610 or 147.195

I am kicking back and I am watching the original Ghostbusters movie.

It is good to finally see warmer temps!

I cleaned out my tarantula cage earlier today. She now has 3 dozen crickets. So she is going to be well fed. I like to keep her well fed so she is not aggressive.  She is very skittish, but usually when shes well fed she does not move much.  She has made a new web in the terrarium. Up in the front left of the cage.  It took her awhile before she built another web. But when she did, she put it up fast.  I been tossing around the idea of selling her. There are a few people that are interested in buying her. But I don’t know if I can part with her, lol  I should post an updated photo of her soon, so you  can see how much she has grown!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!

 








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: Sunday Blog, Kinda Bittersweet




So yesterday was kinda bittersweet. 

My family down south was hit by a large tornado.  Thankfully they are all alive. My cousin broke her foot. But other than that everyone is OK.  They did have a lot of damage though.
I think the last I heard, they rated it an EF-4 tornado.  And 22 were injured, and no deaths.  That was a very large tornado that ripped through the heart of town. Please keep my family down and all the others that were effected by the tornado, in your thoughts and prayers.

With the sadness of what had happened to my family down south.  I was able to have my first thunderstorm of the season for me. I have been waiting awhile now, for a thunderstorm!  So when it hit, I was excited.  Really happy knowing it is storm season again.

A little after 9 pm an EF-1 tornado hit the Ogle County and it had lifted just before it hit Will and I as we did storm spotting.  It touched down just East of Oregon.  And headed right for us.  Ended up being a lot of power poles and power lines, and some structures damaged. Thankfully it was mostly farmland that it crossed. Below are some photos I took of the damage.

After the tornado hit, it was literally stars and the moon right after.

I was able to see an amazing meteor fly across the sky as well!

So it was a day full of emotions and Mother Nature.

 








Rickie Traeger: Good Monday Morning!




Good Monday morning!

So it is 6 am and here I am munching down on some delicious thin mints.  Probably not the best way to start a day. I take that back it probably is the best way to start a day!!!  🙂

Yesterday was pretty nice out.  A little windy though.   I ended up going for a hike.   Was good and bad, lol. I will start with the bad.  The trails were icy or muddy.  So, it made for a memorable hike, lol.  I slipped and slide for the most of the hike. Now with the good, lol. Got some exercise, OK some dam good exercise! Was pretty out there, not a lot of color for obvious reasons. Alot of the trees and plants are not bloomed yet this season. So everything was kinda blah.  But I got to see areas I haven’t saw in awhile, because you can see for a ways in the woods right now.

I will post some the photos in my next blog post here. Along with a detailed blog about the hike.  It be later today sometime.   I a lot of photos with my cell phone instead of my dslr.  I had my big lens on hoping to see some wildlife. But that didn’t happen so my dslr was to long to get the photos I wanted, the wider shots. So I used my cell phone. I have to transfer them to the PC here. Then I will post them. So be sure to keep a look out for the next post 🙂

I am off to play a game of IRacing.   I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Stay dry! It is supposed to rain all day I heard. So enjoy your day and stay dry 🙂

 








Rickie Traeger: March 4th Blog




Good morning or evening, however you look at it.  It is 12:38 am as I write this.

I was sick earlier today and just laid in bed. I haven’t  had much sleep.  I am feeling better now, still under the weather some.  I am watching some X-Files and kicking back.  I am able to finally eat some. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Probably not idealistic considering I am under the weather still some. But I figured it would coat my stomach some.

I was looking at the weather forecast.  It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend!  Speaking of weather.  The tornado that hit the Nashville areas the other night. My condolences goes to those family and friends who lost their loved ones.  It hit overnight and the last I heard there were 22 fatalities. I heard there were two tornadoes. An EF-4 and an EF-3 that hit that area.  I have saw a few videos of the tornado at night, it looked like a big stovepipe tornado. And at the time it still had yet to break daylight so the main damage area was not published yet. I saw a few trees down and a business wall blown down.  Then later on in the day I saw more videos and photos of the damage that was being released. And it is a sad situation. Please keep everyone effected in your thoughts and prayers.

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Rickie Traeger: I wanted to share a memory that involves my dad and uncle Ray




I wanted to share a memory that involves my dad and uncle Ray, that I haven’t told many people.  I still remember this like it happened yesterday.  I was sitting here and I was just thinking about this, so I figured I would blog about it. 

Years ago when I was growing up my dad and uncle Ray would take us kids out to the park to go fishing all the time.  My dad and uncle Ray loved to fish. So we would go a lot as we were growing up.

One day we were out at the park and a storm was rolling in. The weather alerts were going off saying to seek shelter and all that good stuff. Well we were out at the lake fishing and didn’t see the storm right away.  A short time later these dark black clouds come rolling in.  My dad and uncle Ray said we were going to stay there and fish until the storm was right on top of us.

That is exactly what happened. We fished until the storm was pretty much on top of us. Then we all packed into the vehicle to leave.  We left the park and were headed back home.

On the way back home it was lightning and thundering pretty heavy. Pretty intense storm with a lot of rain, lightning and thunder.  We get to the area of Harlem and Alpine.  All of a sudden out of nowhere…

A BOLT OF LIGHTNING STRUCK OUR VEHICLE! 

Yes, a bolt of lightning hit our vehicle!  Scared the crap out of us all, LOL. Thankfully no one was touching any metal inside the vehicle.  The lightning struck the hood/windshield are of the vehicle and did some damage.

I remember this like it happened yesterday.  And it is one of those whacky moments that I will never forget with my dad and uncle Ray.  Miss you guys. Love You!  Hope you guys are having fun up in the heavens above.

 








Rickie Traeger: Project Blue Book, Hire A Photographer, Winter Weather




It is officially Tuesday now.   I am super excited!  Project Blue Book is coming back on tonight!  Heck yeah! 


I have to replace the bathroom fan later on today. I am so not looking forward to doing that. But I think it is going bad, so I need to replace it.  I watched some Youtube videos on how to replace them. They make it look easy.  Let me say one thing, the more a video makes something look easy, the harder it really is to do, LOL.


If you know anyone who needs a photographer.  Contact me, Will and I have some openings now available.  We can do your photoshoot and events for you!

Our work speaks for itself. So you know you will be getting the best of the best photographers when you hire us 🙂

If you want to hire us to do your photos, shoot us an email at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com


I just looked at the weather forecast. I am kind of liking it.  It is not going to be super cold. But…….. There is several inches of snow possible.   I will definitely take the snow over really cold temps, anyday!   I actually enjoy the snow. I wish it could snow in the summer time, but that is impossible.   I am just happy to see the temps will be above 0 degrees!


Alright I am going to pop off here and play some Red Dead Redemption 2.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Tuesday. Don’t forget Project Blue Book is on tonight!








Rickie Traeger: Well there was no snowpocolypse




Good morning everyone. 

Well there was no snowpocolypse, WTF as usual the media hypes it up and then we get 2 inches at most.   If they call that a big winter storm, then they obviously never grew up in our area.  LOL.   

Some were throwing predictions of 9 inches, and yet all I see is maybe 3 inches at tops.  And that is on the good end at most, lol. 

I went out and just shoveled it. As of a lil bit ago, it was the light fluffy snow for the most part.   

I have yet to see a city plow. But I have saw several private contractors out n bout, but no city plows.  They could be out n bout, but I personally have not saw one.

So I guess it is official, we are back into winter again, yippie skippie, lol.   The positive side, closer to becoming spring time 🙂 

 2 more months, or 8 weeks. However you want to look at it, lol.  Well rough estimates. I am sure someone will read this and tell me the exact times, lol. 

Everyone stay safe and enjoy your Sunday. Be careful if your headed to church this morning. 

 








Rickie Traeger: Merry Christmas




I first and foremost want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Yes, I am a day late. But better late than never, lol.

I wasn’t around much, so I wasn’t able to post it.   I do apologize.

We had a good Christmas. Family Time!   🙂

Family time is priceless.  That is by far the best present anyone can get.   It is the simple things in life that I enjoy most.  Sending quality time with family and friends = Priceless.  So we had a good Christmas.

I went out to the cemetery and visited almost everyone.   We have had some great weather as well. I mean heck on Halloween we were bundled up in 7 layers walking though a bunch of snow. On Christmas we were were t-shirts and light jackets.  Hmmmmm, LOL.   I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!