A HUGE thank you from the 37 W9IMS operators to everyone that pitched in an extra buck or two to help make the 2012 cards possible! It's your donations that allow us to make new cards every year!
Indianapolis 500 - May:
We will operate from 1500Z through 0300Z on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of those two race weekends.
W9IMS will operate on or near: 1.840, 3.840, 7.240, 10.140, 14.070 PSK31, 14.245, 18.140, 21.350, 28.340, 50.140, 144.205, 144.240 SSB and 146.52 simplex FM. Watch for spots at sites such as DX Summit.
A *BIG* thank you to everyone who donated to make the new 2011 cards happen! We are *NOT* supported by the Speedway and all donations go *DIRECTLY* into buying the QSL cards every year.
We send the cards out as soon as possible after each event, but it is a huge task. They have to be designed, approved, printed, and shipped to us first. Then, we need to fill them in. With over 12,000 QSOs this year alone, that's a lot of cards. We finish all the QSL cards before we start making out the certificates. Typically we start mailing out certificates in November.
With your donations we will again have a unique full-color two-sided card for each of the three races.
A high-quality photo certificate will be available for working ALL three races in the same year (Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, and Red Bull Indianapolis GP).
The cost for printing these and the cards comes from your donations and the rest from out of our own pockets. We are NOT supported by the Speedway.
For the QSL cards, we must insist on an SASE with your QSL card with the date, time, band, mode, and report of the QSO. NO SASE, NO CARD - NO EXCEPTION.
To apply for a certificate, please send $5 and the QSO data for all three events that you worked!
The $5 covers:
Any additional donations are GREATLY appreciated and go directly into the fund for printing NEW cards every year. Thanks to everyone who threw in an extra buck or two so that we could do the new cards pictured above in 2011!
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club
NON-USA STATIONS- QSL direct or via the bureau. For a certificate, please follow the directions below for USA STATIONS FOR CERTIFICATE.
USA STATIONS (FOR QSL CARDS)- send your QSL card with date, time, frequency, and report along with a SASE (#9 or #10 Business Envelope -- our QSL cards are 3.5" x 5.5"). If you are going to try for the certificate, please wait and follow the certificate directions below.
USA STATIONS (FOR CERTIFICATE)- you must work all three races in the same year. Working us three times for one race or on three bands for one race does not count and you will not receive a certificate. If you qualify, please send a QSL listing the date, time, frequency, and report for the contacts for the three different races in the same year (you can list all three on one QSL card) along with $5. We will send back all three QSL cards and the certificate. The certificate is on high-quality photo paper.
SWL STATIONS- Follow the directions above for USA or NON-USA stations and substitute an SWL report for a QSL card.
Please email W9IMS if you have any questions.
After a number of years meeting with the Speedway about the possibility of operating a special event station during the Indy 500, the owner of The Saturday Evening Post and club member Beurt SerVaas met with Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George in April 2004, and on May 25, 2004, W9IMS became the Official Amateur Radio Club of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- the first time in history that a ham radio club has received this designation.
W9IMS conducts special event operations for all three races that make up the Triple Crown on Indy's legendary 2½-mile oval - the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These events are the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Indianapolis MotoGP. Unfortunately, the United States Grand Prix was only run from 2000-2007.
W9IMS talked with 7,766 people from 81 different countries during the three races.
W9IMS talked with 5,475 people from 70 different countries during the three races.
We had a special guest in the shack. Mike King, the chief announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and the voice of all IndyCar Series events, stopped by and talked with hams around the world. Those lucky hams also got their QSL cards signed by Mike.
In addition, Mike King mentioned W9IMS on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network during the live worldwide broadcast of the Indy 500!
We also did an interview with 2005 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon!
W9IMS talked with 7,537 people from 96 different countries during the three races.
We had a guest op for the 90th running of the Indy 500. Nine year old YL Extra Amanda Feriante and her family of hams from California visited us and worked stations from W9IMS!
W9IMS talked with 8,994 people from 91 different countries during the three races.
One of our members, Brian D. Smith, W9IND, wrote an article that was published in the November 2007 QST about our Indy 500 Special Event titled "Girl Meets Brickyard - A Ham Radio Adventure."
It was announced that the 2007 USGP would be the last one run at the Brickyard. That makes those USGP QSL cards you have quite collectable!
On the plus side, we are all looking forward to the inaugural running of the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has now come full circle because the first land-based vehicle race held there *was* a motorcycle race on August 14, 1909!
W9IMS talked with 7,596 people from 90 different countries during the three special events.
On May 24, 2008, as a special "event within an event," we staged our first-ever Chick Factor Night during our annual Indianapolis 500 operation. Only YLs were allowed on the air during this three-hour effort, and we amassed hundreds of QSOs while demonstrating the power of the Chick Factor. This event helped launch our new YL-only club, Chick Factor International (W9YL).
We also celebrated the Inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race! The last motorcycle race held at the IMS was in 1909! It was a great event and the stands were packed even though it was raining.
Thanks to your donations and the discount from our new printer, GG Graphics we have beautiful new 2009 cards.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the construction of the track, we made a separate Centennial QSL card (see the picture above) which was included with every QSL card we sent.
The new QSL cards must have been a huge hit because we talked with a record 12,016 people from 78 countries!
2010 was an all-time record for W9IMS. We worked 13,208 stations from 97 countries. Thanks to your donations we have beautiful new 2010 cards (pictured above).
2011 was a sad time for our club. Our benefactor, Mike Koss - W9SU, died and we lost our club station. Thanks to the generosity of two of our members, Jay Kraus - W9TC and Tom Chance - K9XV, the club is now running from their stations. We worked 12,042 stations from 113 countries. Thanks to your donations we have beautiful new 2011 cards (pictured above).
W9IMS uses Icom 756 Pro 3s and an Icom 7700 with a variety of commercial amplifiers. Our towers range from 110 feet to 200 feet. There are monobanders on 40m, 20m, and 10m and dipoles at 150 feet for 80m and 200 feet for 160m and a WARC dual bander at 110 feet. We use the excellent freeware programs N1MMand XMLogto log all our contacts. We run N1MM networked across the Internet to both operating locations.UX5UOdid our 2008, 2010, and 2011 QSL printing and GG Graphics did our 2009 and 2010 QSL printing.
-Bill Kennedy, WY9T
Do NOT send your QSLs to WY9T. Follow the directions above!
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