I developed an interest in amateur radio when I was a freshman in high school. The first day of school all of the school clubs were setup in the cafeteria trying to recruit new students. I had an interest in listening to shortwave radio stations so I joined the radio club. I started going after school to learn the morse code which was being taught by the faculty advisor for the radio club. I also bought a study guide to study for my Novice license. Later that year I took a city bus down to the FCC office in downtown Cleveland, Ohio to take the exam. I ended up passing and about a month later I received the callsign WN8ALG. The FCC then changed my callsign to WD8ALG. Shortly after that I passed both my General and Advanced class license exams. A couple years later I drove to the Detroit, Michigan FCC office and passed the exam for the Extra class license. Shortly after that I was issued my current call sign of KU8E.
We had a nice club station at Euclid High School. I was able get permission slip to go play radio in the radio room, instead of going to study hall. My dad also became interested in ham radio around this time and got his license as well. He was issued the call sign WD8CDA. He later changed his call to W8CDA. The benefit of this was my dad bought a ham radio transceiver, a Yaesu FT101E, so I was able to use it and get on the air at home. A radio transceiver was beyond the budget of a typical teenager. At first we had just wire antennas at home. Later on when I got my first job after graduating from high school I bought a Hygain TH-2 tribander beam, which we put on the chimney of our house. Around that time I bought a used Heathkit SB-200 amplifier from a friend of mine Jim Stahl, K8MR. Later on I went to college at The Ohio State University and spent a lot of time operating at the club station W8LT. After graduating from OSU I bought a small house in Columbus, Ohio and was able to setup a small station from home. In 2003 we relocated to Columbus, Georgia, where I started working for Aflac.
Speaking of my friend, Jim Stahl, I became interested in an activity called radiosport or as some call it contesting from my association with him. Many of my current radio friends are contesters that I've become friends with over the years. Many of these friends host contest operations where you can guest operate or be part of a team. I've also operated radio contests (also known as DXpeditions) from outside the United States. Most of these operations have taken place in the Caribbean. In 2006 I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil to be part of the World Radio Team Championship. (WRTC) where John Laney, K4BAI, and I were a team using the callsign PW5Y. Our team came in 21st place in the competition.
Since 2007 I have made a trip to the island of Bonaire, off the northern coast of South America, to operate as PJ4A in the CQWW DX CW Contest. Prior to that starting in 2003 I operated as PJ4R and PJ4A in the ARRL DX CW Contest.
I help run the Georgia QSO Party with my friend John Laney, K4BAI. I also am a member of the EHam.net team managing the Spotlight and Shack Showcase sections of the web page. I presently live in Ellerslie, Georgia where I like to operate CW contests from my modest station.