Rockford Scanner™: Baofeng UV-5R Review by KD9MAP


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Baofeng UV-5R Review by KD9MAP

This is a $20 5-watt transceiver for 2m and 70cm, based on SDR technology I think.

It comes with Li-Ion battery, charger cradle, 7″ rubber whip antenna, and a earpiece/microphone headset.

The advertising for it is so hilariously written, and the price is so low, it’s reasonable to be skeptical whether the radio actually works.

I got mine quickly from a USA supplier for $6 shipping. I’ve used it for a week.

Pros:

It works!

It’s cheap! You can carry it everywhere and not worry as much about losing or breaking it as you would an expensive handheld.

The UV-5R SDR receiver seems to be as sensitive as my “real radio” Alinco DJ-X2000 handheld scanner, which cost 15 times as much.

Cons:

The charger cradle emits enormous QRM during charging cycle. You won’t want to use that charger anywhere near your shack.

There’s no DC jack anywhere on the radio to plug in a power adapter. If you want to run on external power, you have to get their $7 battery eliminator cable.

The little instruction booklet doesn’t tell you everything you need to know to program it. Adequate info can be easily found on the internet.

For easier programming, I bought the $20 BaofengTech FTDI programming cable and used it with free Chirp software. You have to press the cable into the radio with both thumbs and crushing strength to get a connection, but it does work.

(Note: Software creators like Chirp complain that Baofeng changes the firmware on these radios quite often, which makes them difficult and risky to develop for.)

Low-cap 1600 mAH battery doesn’t last long if there’s much traffic.

Bottom Line:

The UV-5R for the price of dinner is a darn good deal for a VHF/UHF handheld transceiver. I don’t know how long it will last, but so far I think the low price outweighs its minor problems.





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Rockford Scanner™: Another Wolf Sighting in Winnebago County


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Another Wolf Sighting in Winnebago County

Sources are reporting another wolf has been sighted in Winnebago County a short time ago.

It happened near Trainer rd and Fincham in Rockford.   Sources reporting they saw a wolf run in front of them and into the nearby wooded area.

IDNR and a local group have been monitoring the wolf pack movements in the Winnebago and Boone Counties recently.

Several reports of wolves have been sighted.

There are 3 confirmed wolf packs in our area.  In the Beloit area, By Distillery rd, and another pack near Cherry Valley according to the IDNR and sources that monitor the wolves and their packs.

The wolves have not hurt any humans in our area.

If you see a wolf, you are supposed to report it to the DNR at
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SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) remind the public that the Service�s recent action removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves in portions of the Midwest has changed the status of wolves in Illinois north of Interstate 80. While wolves dispersing from northern states into Illinois are rare, any gray wolves in Illinois found north of I-80 are listed as threatened under state law, while those south of the interstate remain federally endangered. The change becomes effective January 27, 2012.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed ESA protection for the gray wolf in portions of the western Great Lakes because wolves in the core recovery states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exceeded recovery goals and no longer need the protection of the Act to survive. In areas where wolves were delisted, which includes parts of adjoining states like northern Illinois where wolves may possibly disperse, states and tribes are now responsible for wolf management. The Service will oversee wolf population monitoring efforts for at least five years to ensure wolves continue to thrive.

Despite the upcoming January 27, 2012 Federal Status change of wolves within the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment [includes all counties north of I-80 in Illinois], wolves remain a protected species throughout the entire State of Illinois. Gray wolves continue to be listed as state-threatened throughout Illinois [by law, specimens listed as state-threatened receive the full protection of the State of Illinois� Endangered Species Protection Act], which means it is unlawful for hunters or others to take or possess wolves anywhere in the State. In addition, wolves shall remain protected as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act in Illinois south of I-80 [outside of the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment] for the foreseeable future. See www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf for further details on the status of gray wolves in Illinois and other areas in the Midwest.

In the past 10 years, Illinois hunters and others have encountered wolves in the state on various occasions, including a wolf struck by a car in McHenry County near Chain O�Lakes State Park in 2005. The potential for range expansion will continue as long as habitat and food sources are available.

While it is unlikely that Illinois citizens will encounter a wolf in the wild, they are encouraged to contact the Illinois DNR at 217-782-6302 if they suspect they have seen one.

Wolves resemble coyotes but are taller, heavier, and have other characteristics that set them apart (go to http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf/aboutwolves/index.htm#biology for more information on wolf biology and identification).

Gray wolves in the western Great Lakes were once nearly gone, with wolves surviving only in Minnesota. Under ESA protection and recovery programs, gray wolves have expanded into Michigan and Wisconsin, and the region�s population has rebounded. There are an estimated 2,921 wolves in Minnesota, 782 in Wisconsin, and 687 in Michigan. Wolves occasionally disperse into adjoining states but no packs have been established in the Midwest outside the core recovery states.

During the time wolves in the western Great Lakes were delisted (from March 12, 2007, to September 29, 2008, and from May 4, 2009, to July 1, 2009) the wolf population remained stable under state management; illegal killing of wolves dropped in Wisconsin and remained the same in Michigan (no data are available for Minnesota).

For more information on gray wolves in the Midwest, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf. For information on Illinois� state and threatened wildlife, go to http://dnr.state.il.us/espb.

 





Rockford Scanner®: You Can Stop Rockford Criminals, by Tanker






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You Can Stop Rockford Criminals, by Tanker

Again Rockford Scanner is reporting vehicles stolen in Rockford. I hope the vehicles are recovered in good condition, and that the Criminals face justice.

All Rockford Scanner fans should know these facts:

Criminals won’t steal your vehicle if you lock it with the engine off, windows up, and take your keys. Rockford Criminals are not patient or needy enough to break into a locked car, defeat the steering interlock, and/or hot wire the ignition. They don’t have to, because they can easily find unlocked running cars to jack, especially at convenience stores, and warming up in driveways early in the morning.

It’s up to US to stop these Criminals! ALWAYS lock your car! ALWAYS!

Rockford Criminals use stolen cars to commit other crimes. Innocent people have been KILLED by Rockford Criminals in stolen cars! DON’T BE part of the problem! Lock your car ALWAYS! NEVER leave it running unattended.

Am I blaming or shaming victims? No! I’m just trying to STOP these Criminals crimes, and all the costs and violence they cause. Rockford has many HUNDREDS of opportunistic Criminals who think NOTHING of grabbing an EASY car, and there are many Criminals who come here from out of town too for the easy pickings. Is that the way the world SHOULD be? No, but that is the world THE WAY IT IS, and we law-abiding citizens can EASILY STOP the Criminals by simply locking our vehicles!

One victim said “Help get the real criminals off the streets.” I agree with her that I want these Criminals OUT of Rockford. However, realistically, that will never happen! We don’t have the political will or courage or leadership to drive out these Criminals for good. We all should face up to the fact that the Rockford Criminals  menace is permanent, and that we have to ACT FOR OURSELVES to defend against it. And in the case of protecting our vehicles, it is SO EASY to do!

All Rockford Scanner fans should know those facts!







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Rockford Scanner™: POSITIVE NEWS: Good Samaritans Hand Out Food to The Homeless

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Positive News:

Every Tuesday night from 4-7 pm a couple of good Samaritans hand out burgers to the local homeless.

Louie Lee,  Darius Barker,  Tyshema Mcintosh  buy 300 burgers every Tuesday with their own money and hand the burgers out to the local homeless.

They hand out the burgers to people at the McDonalds on E State and Jefferson and also the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Louie said a family member was homeless and understands and all three of them buy the burgers and hand them out, because they want  to give back to the community as a whole. All three of them chip in $100 each every week to do this great deed.

Editors Note: I personally want to send a shout out to these 3, for doing an amazing good deed. Keep up the amazing work! ~ Rickie

Watch the unedited videos they have done while handing out the burgers

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting Bedbugs At Some Local Businesses

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Sources have reported a few local businesses have bedbugs.  We have yet to confirm this so I won’t be naming the businesses yet, but figured it would be a good article to do and we wanted to make people aware of what bedbugs are and how to deal with them. 


The best place I found online for bedbug information is at https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/introduction-bed-bugs


The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all consider bed bugs a public health pest. However, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.

They can, however, cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.

Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.

The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms

Adult bed bugs, in general, are:
  • about the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 – 1/4 inch long);
  • long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently);
  • balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently);
  • a “true bug” (characteristics of true bugs include a beak with three segments; antenna that have four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs); and
  • smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body.
Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are:
  • smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color; and
  • if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size.
Bed bug eggs, in general, are:
  • tiny, the size of a pinhead;
  • pearl-white in color; and
  • marked by an eye spot if more than five days old.

Bed Bug Life Cycle

Actual size of a bed bug

Life cycle of the bed bug. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Doggett, Department of Medical Entomology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia
The life cycle of a bed bug is shown in the photograph below. During its lifetime, a bed bug will go through the following stages (Starting from the top left, moving counterclockwise):
  • Eggs (1mm).
  • 1st stage nymph (1.5 mm).
  • 2nd stage nymph (2 mm).
  • 3rd stage nymph (2.5 mm).
  • 4th stage nymph (3 mm).
  • 5th stage nymph (4.5 mm).
  • Unfed adult female.
  • Unfed adult male.

If you have an infestation, it is best to find it early, before the infestation becomes established or spreads. Treating a minor infestation, while an inconvenience, is far less costly and easier than treating the same infestation after it becomes more widespread.

However, low-level infestations are also much more challenging to find and correctly identify. Other insects, such as carpet beetles, can be easily mistaken for bed bugs. If you misidentify a bed bug infestation, it gives the bugs more time to spread to other areas of the house or hitchhike a ride to someone else’s house to start a new infestation. Learn about identifying bed bugs.

Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all.

Can you treat and eliminate the bed bugs on your own? Bed bugs are challenging pests to get rid of, since they hide so well and reproduce so quickly. In addition, the egg stage is resistant to many forms of treatment, so a single attempt may not be sufficient to complete the job.

Treating bed bugs is complex. Your likelihood of success depends on many factors, including: 

Person inspecting furniture for pest infestation
  • Extent of the infestation.
  • Site-specific challenges.
    • Clutter.
    • Neighbors with infestations.
    • Ability of all of the residents to participate. 

Achieving complete control can take weeks to months, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation, and everyone will need to cooperate and do their part.

Before starting, you should lay out all of the steps on a calendar. The following steps will help you begin:

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Develop a strategy
  3. Keep the infestation from expanding
  4. Prepare for treatment
  5. Kill the bed bugs
  6. Evaluate and prevent

Identify the Problem

  • Inspect infested areas, plus surrounding living spaces, to determine extent of infestation.
  • Correctly identify the pest.
    • Collect a sample to show an extension agent or other reliable expert in entomology.
    • Extension agents are trained in pest control issues and know your local area.
  • If you have bed bugs and live in an apartment, notify your landlord, because the units surrounding yours should be inspected.

Develop a Strategy

  • Using a calendar, map out each stage based on the recommendations in the following sections.
  • Plan to keep records through the whole process – including dates and locations when pests are found.
  • Leave time for long-term monitoring to make sure all of the bed bugs are gone.

Keep the Infestation from Spreading

  • Anything removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and treated.
    • Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead (research shows variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year).
  • Empty the vacuum after each use.
    • Seal the bag and throw it out in an outdoor trash container.
  • Don’t discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it.
  • If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won’t be tempted to bring it into their home. For example:
    • Rip covers and remove stuffing from furniture items.
    • Use spray paint to mark furniture with “Bed Bugs.” 
  • Take steps to have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.

Prepare for Treatment

Jumping straight into control is tempting, but won’t work. Preparing for treatment is essential to getting successful control. It will also help by making it easier for you to monitor for bed bugs that haven’t been completely eliminated. This preparation should be conducted whether you are doing the treatment yourself or hiring a professional.

Learn more about preparing for treatment

Learn about treatment options (PDF).

Kill the Bed Bugs

  • Make sure the methods you select are safe, effective and legal. See What’s Legal, What’s Not for more information.
  • Consider non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs. Some will be more useful than others.
    • Heat treatment using a clothes dryer on high heat, black plastic bags in the sun or a hot, closed car (pest management professionals have other methods that are not suitable for non-trained individuals to use).
    • Cold treatment can be successful in the home environment if the freezer is set to 0o F. You must leave the items in the freezer at that temperature for four days. Always use a thermometer to check the temperature, since home freezers are not always set to 0o.
    • Steam cleaners (wet or dry) can penetrate into cracks and fabrics to treat carpets, baseboards, bed frames, and other furniture. Steam temperature must be at least 130o F, but should not have a forceful airflow (use diffuser) or it may cause bed bugs to scatter. 
    • Reducing the numbers of bugs with these and other non-chemical methods is helpful, but is unlikely to entirely eliminate the infestation.
  • If needed, use pesticides carefully according to the label directions or hire a pest management professional.
    • Look for EPA-registered pesticides.
    • Bed bugs must be listed on the label.
    • Use foggers (bug bombs) only with extreme care. Improper use can harm your health or cause a fire/explosion.
      • Because foggers work with a broadcast spraying action, they should not be used as the sole source of bed bug control. The spray will not reach the cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide. 
      • See Should I Use a Fogger? 
  • Every few days after you complete your initial cleanup and control processes, carefully look for any evidence of bed bugs.
    • If you see bed bugs, that means that either the initial cleanup missed some individuals or that eggs have hatched (finding and removing or killing all eggs can be very difficult) and retreatment may be needed.
  • If repeated treatments are needed, consider using pesticides with different modes of action.
    • Desiccants (drying agents) can be particularly effective in some situations since they work by drying out the bug (which means the bed bugs can’t develop resistance to it).
      • If using desiccants, be sure to use only products registered as a pesticide.
        • Do not use pool or food-grade diatomaceous earth – this type of diatomaceous earth can harm you when you breathe it in. The pesticide version uses a different size of diatoms, which reduces the hazard.
      • Desiccants can be very effective; however, they can take up to several months to work.
Bed bug interceptor

Bed bug interceptor (place under furniture legs to catch bed bugs)

Evaluate and Prevent

  • Continue to inspect for presence of bed bugs, at least every 7 days, in case any eggs remained.
    • Interceptors (placed under the legs of furniture to catch bed bugs and keep them from climbing the legs; commercial and do-it-yourself versions available), traps or other methods of monitoring can be used.
  • Continue to implement preventive measures.

Source and more information: www.epa.gov/bedbugs/








Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Scanner is seeking volunteers!



 

 

 

Rockford Scanner is seeking volunteers! 

We are growing bigger and need to expand.

So we are searching for a couple of volunteers! 

We are seeking the following: 

  • Article writers
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  • Social media 
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Rockford Scanner™: Fatal Accident Involving A Local Police Officer



 Just before 11 pm tonight, several emergency personnel were on scene of a fatal accident that involved a local police officer. 

A motorcyclist and a local police officer were involved in an accident near W State and Pierpont. 

Officers are reporting the motorcyclist ran into the back of an officers vehicle. 

The motorcyclist passed away on the scene.
Winnebago County Coroner was dispatched to the scene. 

Officer is reported to be not injured. 

This is still developing. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Please avoid the area for the next several hours. 








Rockford Scanner™: 4th Of July Fireworks Show in 4k Quality! Watch it Here



 

You all been waiting for it, here they are! 4th of July High Quality fireworks video from the Rockford fireworks! Video by Rockford Scanner admin Will.

Be sure to change your settings to 4K!
And watch in full screen!

 


 

 

Here is Rickie’s video from his Go Pro from Davis Park.

 

 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Happy 4th of July!



 

 


Happy 4th of July! 

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! 

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

Send us your 4th off July celebration or firework videos, to RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

It is going to be a beautiful day out there, High of 90 degrees.  There is a slight chance of storms between 3pm and 6 pm. But that should not effect the fireworks displays.  

I plan on attending the Downtown or Shorewood Park fire works.  I have yet to make up my mind. Both are good.  So if you see me, feel free to stop and say hi! 🙂 

I will probably be streaming LIVE, the fireworks display on our Facebook page at  Rockford Scanner Facebook Page

If you fly your quad-copter (AKA: Drones)  I would love to see those videos!  
Note: Just be sure to call the RFD tower to request flight clearance if you are within 5 miles of the airport. They do grant clearance all the time to quad-copter pilots.
The RFD tower number is: 815-484-5312

Remember, if you are lighting off fireworks, the police plan on cracking down on that again this year.  So do so at your own discretion. 

I hate to be the Debbie Downer and tell you that, because I love fireworks. But the law is the law.  

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!  ~ Rickie Traeger


(WIFR) – The Fourth of July means family time, cookouts and most notably, fireworks.

Here is a list of fireworks happening around the stateline. All shows are on the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted. Some events may come with a fee.

– Rockford at Davis Park, 211 N. Main Street.

– ComEd Independence Day Spectacular at the Starlight Theatre, 3301 N. Mulford Road. The show starts at 8 p.m. on July 3. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-921-2160.

– Fireworks Extravaganza at Rockford Speedway, 1601 West Lane Road. The show starts at 7:05 p.m. on July 4. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-633-1500.

– Cherry Valley at Baumann Park

– DeKalb at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road

– Freeport at Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road on July 7

– Kirkland at Hiawatha High School, 410 First Street

– Winnebago at Winnebago High School, 200 E. McNair Road

– Mount Morris at David L. Rahn Jr. High School, 105 W. Brayton Road

– Byron at the Byron Dragway, 7287 River Road

– Dixon at the Petunia Festival in downtown Dixon

– Janesville at Traxler Park

– Beloit at Riverside Park, 1340 Riverside Drive

– Sharon, Wis. at Goodland Park

– Stockton at Stockton Memorial Park on Highway 20

If you are not able to attend the fireworks tonight, our good friends at WTVO is also going to be doing their thing on TV.