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Leslie Blades
2276 S 270 E
Heber City 84032
United States, Utah

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Call data

Last update:2020-01-12 22:19:36
Main prefix:K
Federal state:Utah
US county:Wasatch
DXCC Zone:291
ITU Zone:8
CQ Zone:5
ULS record:784736

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QSL data

Last update:2018-01-08 03:45:07
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no
Extra QSL Info:Direct QSL only by request


I am a retired system's engineer from the aerospace industry. I started out at Boeing in Seattle and then moved to the Washington DC area where I worked on radars for roughly 5 years. Then my family and I moved to northern New England (Vermont) where I worked on various avionics products. Most of my background was in fuel system design and certification. I have worked on most of the commercial types of airplanes that you and I would fly on that have fuel indication systems.

I have three grown children all of whom are married as well as 6 wonderful grandchildren. One lives in Broken Arrow, OK, another in southern Indiana and the third south of Salt Lake City, UT.

I have enjoyed this hobby since I was young. My father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a radio operator during World War II. He was instrumental in getting me started, although he personally never did get his license. He figured he had had enough in the military, but he saw that I had an interest. My father and I built my first shortwave receiver (circa 1964 if I remember correctly) on a piece of wood in the traditional "breadboard" fashion using a couple of tubes. One tube was a 6L6 as I remember. I fell in love with all types of radio equipment and shortwave listening and then joined the ham radio community where I could not only listen but talk to people. My how time flies ... I upgraded to extra some 40 years ago in the days when one had to go to the FCC to take the exam.

In the middle of 2013 my wife and I moved from Vermont to Heber City in north central Utah. It is a small town approximately 50 miles SE of Salt Lake City in the mountains at an elevation of ~6,000 feet. It has been quite a change for us. We also decided to downsize from our older place in the Vermont countryside with several acres to a new home on a 1/4 acre lot. I was spending far too much time and effort keeping our old house in Vermont in good condition, maintaining a barn, mowing two acres and generally keeping the property in good shape. There I had two towers with a monoband 3 element 17m yagi, a TH6DXX triband yagi and other wire/vertical antennas to play with. Here in Heber on a small 1/4 acre corner lot there is no space for a tower and beams like I had in Vermont. However I do have a Hexbeam on a heavy duty mast which puts the thing up at about 30 ft next to the house. I also have an inverted vee 40m wire dipole in the backyard.

I recently put together an Elecraft kit consisting of the KPA500 amplified and the KAT500 tuner. I did this mainly for the convenience of automation and saving space on my desk. When I do get on the air, it is mainly on 40, 20 or 17 meters these days due to band conditions. I still have my old Drake "C" line but this equipment is not currently on the air. The main rig is a Kenwood TS-590SG. I also have a Kenwood TS-570 as a backup radio which I have had since this radio came out ~20+ years ago. It is currently setup to operate on the digital modes.

Worked DXCCs:


Main radio: Kenwood TS-590SG
Secondary radio (mainly for digital): Kenwood TS-570D
Amplifier: Elecraft KPA500

Hexbeam antenna for 6m through 20m
Inverted Vee antenna for 40m


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