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2017 Anza Borrego Flower Season Photos

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KM6EKV Biography

   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.

Worked for Rick Engineering Company (San Diego office) from 1984 to 2009.  Early retirement due to health issues in 2009, moved to Borrego Springs, CA in 2011 to retire.


Primary Ham Equipment: 

Base Station:
Dual-Band: ID5100A transceiver with Diamond X50A antenna at 30-feet off the ground (see image below - antenna at left) connected with 100' LMR 400 feedline.

DStar access: DIY Hot Spot using Pi3/DVMega DV for direct/gateway DStar access.


HF Monitoring: ICOM IC-R75 receiver (trapped dipole)  

Mobile:
Dual-Band: Kenwood TM-V71A in vehicles with Diamond NR770HA and Diamond SG7900A 

Portable:
Y
aesu VX-3R HT and Baofeng BF-F8HP HT both with Diamond RH77CA

Hobbies and 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. 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)

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NWS Weather Story NWS Forecast, Advisories and Warnings

Below: Latest Weather Cams from KM6EKV 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

Below: Current Weather for Borrego Springs, CA
(Click HERE to go to KM6EKV "Weather Center" page)

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.

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...
Lightening events during typical summer night time thunderstorm.

Below:  Need less monitors and more radios! smiley

Below: KM6EKV "Listening" ...

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2017 Anza Borrego Flower Season
KM6EKV photos of 2017 flower season - March 2017
(NOTE: New photos will be added as taken)

View from Henderson Canyon Rd looking N'ly


Ocotillo are just starting to blossom in some locations but still haven't "popped"


Blossoms with Vista Del Malpais view of Borrego Badlands in background


If past seasons hold true these guys will be multiplying in staggering numbers very soon eating everything in sight!


Typical foliage and blooming in Coyote Canyon as of Monday March 13th


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


The welcome view of a great flower season from Henderson Canyon Rd looking N'ly

 

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