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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. If the weather is good, you'll find me in my fishing boat a lot. Using my smart phone, I can even operate my rig from the boat.

The picture at the upper right of this page is a photograph I took on August 21, 2017, during the recent solar eclipse. My wife and I were in Columbia, Missouri, which had 2 1/2 minutes of totality. It was amazing. As the sun emerges from behind the moon at the end of totality, glints of light appear. These are called "Bailey's Beads" and are due to sunlight shining through the lunar valleys. There may also be one or two solar flares barely visible.

Now, back to ham radio.


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.

A member and a founder of the Lake Vermilion DX Association, I also belong to the American Radio Relay League, the Minnesota Wireless Association, the Twin Cities DX Association and the San Diego DX Club.

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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