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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.


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

I am a Physicist, with Bachelor's and Ph.D. Degrees from MIT, and I retired several years ago as a vice president of a major aerospace company. I like to tell my friends I'm a rocket scientist. I really am. There are more details about that on my web page (www.k0xb.com).

My wife and I moved to our lake home when I retired, which is on beautiful Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota (EN37rw), only twenty miles from the VE3 border.


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 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), near San Diego. 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, not even close, but so far I have worked 230 countries, all 40 zones and all states from Coronado. There's a separate page on QRZ.com for K0XB/6.

I usually give my callsign as K0XB/6 from California and K0XB from Minnesota. But on JT65, JT9 and FT8 I use K0XB from both places, mostly. But you can tell where I am from my grid square - EN37 means Minnesota and DM12 means California.

My QRZ.com logbooks for K0XB and K0XB/6 are active, and I upload every few days. The K0XB logbook contains only QSOs from home in Minnesota, and the K0XB/6 logbook contains all my portable contacts from California, whether or not I identified as K0XB or 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, RTTY DXCC (#315), 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 328 on digital and 209 on QRP. Excluding deletes, my current country total is 337 out of a possible 339.

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 use eQSL and GlobalQSL.

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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