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I took this picture just after a summer rainstorm.

It is the view from my ham shack. That's Niles Bay on Lake Vermilion, looking toward the south shore which is about one and three-quarter miles away.


I've been a ham since 1961. Getting on the air is just as much fun today as it was on my first day.

I am a Physicist, with Bachelor's and Ph.D. Degrees in Physics from MIT, and I had a rewarding career in the aerospace industry. I like to tell my friends I'm a rocket scientist. I really am. There are more details on my web page (www.k0xb.com).

My wife and I moved to our lake home when I retired. My regular QTH is on beautiful Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota (EN37rw), where I use a 3-element SteppIR at 60 ft (19m) and, if I need it, output power up to 1500W. Other antennas include an 80m sloper and an inverted-L for 160.

touching the sky

Here's my 3-element SteppIR. It's at the top of a 60 ft. tower, along with a UHF/VHF vertical. You can't see them, but there are an 80 meter slooper and an inverted-L for 160 meters attached to the tower.


A few years ago, I also operated as K0XB/5 from Albuquerque, Placitas and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I can be found now as K0XB/6 from Coronado Island, California (DM12jq). If you hear me as K0XB/6, please bear with me because I'm only using 100W and a portable vertical antenna. It's not as effective as my station at home, but so far I have worked 219 countries, all 40 zones and all states from Coronado. There's even a separate page on QRZ.com for K0XB/6.

I'm on CW, the digital modes and SSB on 160 through 6. DX-ing is my main focus, and I have earned a place on the DXCC Honor Roll as well as 8BDXCC, QRP DXCC, Digital DXCC, CW DXCC, Phone DXCC, Diamond DXCC, WAZ and a 2,000 medallion for DXCC Challenge. I have a grand total of 348 countries worked, with 327 on digital and 201 on QRP. Excluding deletes, my current country total is 338.

You can check to see if you're in my log using the Club Log links for K0XB and K0XB/6 at the bottom of this page.

Please QSL via Logbook of the World. Otherwise, use the bureau or direct. You will get the confirmation a lot quicker using LOTW. I also QSL via eQSL.

I generally reply to a paper QSL only if it's not already confirmed on LOTW or eQSL, because that's the point of having a system like LOTW or eQSL. If you really do want a paper QSL in addition to an on-line QSL, please let me know. I will be happy to send a card to you.


73, Richard J. Borken, Ph.D. ("Rick")





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