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Amateur Radio Station KØXB
I received my amateur radio license in 1961. There have been lots of different callsigns and different QTHs, but it is hard to believe so many years have gone by. It sure doesn’t seem that long.
I am a
Physicist, and my wife and I moved to our lake home when I retired. My QTH
the shore of Lake
which is a large and beautiful lake in the
wilderness of northern
My current setup includes a Ten-Tec Orion II Transceiver and Alpha 87A and Elecraft KPA500 amplifiers. I also have one of Icom’s new IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF transceivers along with a High Sierra Sidekick motorized vertical antenna for portable use. An oldie but goodie, a Ten-Tec Omni D, Series C sits next to my Orion II as a back-up rig. It just keeps on working even though I bought it new in 1982. I am in the process of installing a new Elecraft K3 transceiver and a P3 panadapter, which I recently built. Once that is done, I will probably retire the Omni D.
A 3-element SteppIR Yagi on top of a 60 foot Universal tower is my primary HF antenna covering 10 through 40 meters, and I have a sloper for 80 and an inverted-L for 160.
DX-ing has always been my primary ham radio interest. I am on the Mixed DXCC Honor Roll, and I have also earned 8BDXCC, RTTY DXCC (#315), CW DXCC, SSB DXCC, QRP DXCC, Diamond DXCC, a 2000 medallion for DXCC Challenge and WAZ.
Licensed as a Novice in 1961 as WNØAPN, I received my General Class license in 1962 and became WAØAPN. I upgraded to Extra Class in 1976, and my callsign has been KØXB since 1977. I am a vice president and charter member of the Lake Vermilion DX Association. Also, I belong to the American Radio Relay League, the Northern Minnesota DX Association, the Minnesota Wireless Association, the Twin Cities FM Club, the San Diego DX Club and the Twin Cities DX Association. In September 2013, The Gray Line Report, the newsletter of the Twin Cities DX Association, published a profile of me (which I wrote). Here it is.
my wife Liz and I enjoy cooking and exploring
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Feel free to check my logbook. Please QSL via Logbook of the World if you can. If not, you can use the bureau or send your cards to my callbook address.
73, Richard J. Borken, Ph.D. (“Rick”)
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Page updated April 11, 2014
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