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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.

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 231 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 and JT9 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, 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 335 out of a possible 337.

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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QRZ Logbook Summary for - K0XB
Latest Contacts for K0XB at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
TR8CR 2017-05-23 20m CW JJ40rj Gabon Roland Caillau
UA3KW 2017-05-23 20m CW KO91nr Russia Vladimir A. Kovalev
SV5/DL3DRN 2017-05-23 17m CW KM46mm Dodecanese
E31A 2017-05-23 20m CW JJ00aa Eritrea FGC DX Group
5R8UI 2017-05-23 20m CW LH46cq Madagascar Michele Imparato
2E0XTM 2017-05-23 17m JT65 IO70ML15 England Terry Maguire
WN6K 2017-05-23 20m JT65 DM13je United States PAUL E DOREY
S01WS 2017-05-22 17m SSB IL46rd Western Sahara Sahrawi Amateur Radio Club
T77C 2017-05-22 20m CW JN63fw San Marino ANTONIO (TONY) CECCOLI
A61ET 2017-05-22 20m RTTY LL75rh United Arab Emirates AHMED ALOWAIS
9Z4Y 2017-05-22 12m SSB FK90HM Trinidad and Tobago Mark Fraser
EW8W 2017-05-22 20m CW KO42to Belarus Alex Vasileuski
SV9BAI 2017-05-22 20m CW KM25am Crete GIANNIS GALANAKIS
9Q6BB 2017-05-22 15m CW KI48oh Congo, Dem. Republic Fernando Arroyo
EI66WAW 2017-05-22 20m CW JJ00aa Ireland IRTS C/O David O'Connor

Book Totals: 3707 qso's   526 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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