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2017 Anza Borrego Flower Season Photos
Click image to view photos of 2017 Superbloom in Anza Borrego
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K6EKV Biography
QSL Card Info HERE

   Then to Now: Born and raised/worked in San Diego, CA USA where I lived until moving to the Anza Borrego desert region to retire in 2011 buying a house in the small desert town of Borrego Springs, CA.  

Career:

Main career was in civil engineering as founder/head of Specialized Computer Services Division within a firm with offices in CA/AZ.  Early retirement due to health issues in 2009 and moved to Borrego Springs, CA in 2011 to retire.


Primary Ham Equipment: 

Base Station:
HF Transceiver: ICOM IC-7300 with ICOM IC-R75 with End-Fed Dipole running Barefoot.

2m/70cm Transceiver/Antenna:  ICOM ID-5100A transceiver with Tram 1481 antenna at 30-feet.  1.25cm Transceivers/Antenna:
Alinco 235TM MKIII Digital with Tram 1411 discone. DStar access via  Pi3/DVMega direct through DStar gateways.

Mobile/Portables:
2m/70cm: Kenwood TM-V71As in vehicles with Diamond NR770HA, Diamond SG7900A. Yaesu VX-3R HT and Baofeng BF-F8HP HT both with Diamond RH77CAs. 1.25cm: 
BTECH UV-5X3 Tri-Band HT with Smiley 270A tri-band and Comet SBB224 mobile tri-band antennas.

Hobbies & Pastimes: Ham radio and shortwave DXing, weather monitoring/photography, building computers for use in simulations and gaming, photography and videography, RVing and Jeepin', relaxing and enjoying the peace and beauty of the Anza Borrego area.

Real-Time Weather & Photos from Home QTH
(Borrego Springs)

 Below: Diamond X50A dual-band antenna shown at left on roof, upper portion of scanner antenna at far right.  (NOTE: Tram 1481 recently installed is not shown). My location is at the high side of an alluvial fan just east of the San Ysidro Mountains resulting in an elevated building site relative to areas to my NE, E, SE, S and SW which seems to facilitate a good environment for ham radio.

Real-Time Weather Information and Imagery
Below: Latest National Weather Service (NWS) Forecasts, Advisories, Warnings and Overview
(Click on images below to open the associated interactive National Weather Service page)

Click Image for NWS Weather Story page
NWS Weather Story NWS Forecast, Advisories and Warnings



Below: Latest Weather Cams from K6EKV Borrego Springs, CA QTH 
(CLICK images for full size view, Press F5 to load most recent images)

Looking WNW toward San Ysidro Mtns & Indian Head Mtn. Looking N'ly toward Toro Peak 18.5 miles away, peak at 8716' MSL
Looking Easterly Looking Southerly

Photos from Borrego Springs
Below: October 31, 2016 late aftermoon thunderstorms passed over the Anza Borrego area, culminating in a major electrical storm knocking out power shortly after dark.  The image below shows a lightening strike earlier in the day over Indian Head Mountain about 3-miles NW of Borrego Springs town center.
(Image taken looking westerly toward Borrego Springs from S-22 south of Clark Dry Lake and just west of the Fonts Point access trailhead.)


Below: Jeeping with friends at Clark Lake in Anza Borrego State Park, Toro Peak shown in background.  After years of using CB radios, ham radio proves superior in every way. Jeep Geeks shown from front to back Bob K6EKV, William KM6FFZ and Dennis KM6FFY

Below: Moon and Venus with Pleiades above just after sunset looking west toward the San Ysidro Mtns - Borrego is a Certified Dark Sky Community which means night time lighting is kept to minimum (aka little to none).  So aside from being a small 3500 person town, nights can also be pitch black accented by coyotes howling around the region interrupting the otherwise uncanny silence of the desert.

Below:  Moon during full eclipse from Borrego.

Below:  Late summer in Borrego brings desert thunderstorms and flash floods along with damaging electrical events.  Below shows lightning over Indian Head Mountain just NW of my QTH during August 2015.

Below:  Definitely time to yank the feedlines and power...
Lightning events during typical summer night time thunderstorm.

Below: K6EKV "Listening" ...

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2017 Anza Borrego Flower Season
K6EKV photos of 2017 flower season - March 2017
(Click HERE to access Higher Resolution versions of images)

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View from Henderson Canyon Rd looking N'ly




Blossoms with Vista Del Malpais view of Borrego Badlands in background



Verbena are everywhere providing violet ground cover with heavy blooming this year


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Ham Radio Propagation Information
 

 


Click to Open N0NBH excellent propagation site

Map Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
(click map to visit their Space Weather Services section)

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(Understanding Solar Indices HERE - ARRL)

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For QSL Card please send QSO details and SASE to:
Bob Kutscher (K6EKV)
PO Box 430
Borrego Springs, CA 92004 
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