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W9VW  INNOVATION IN DX & CONTESTING, L.L.C. (INDX)

Please see the interesting history of callsign W9VW at the bottom of this page 

W9VW is now the callsign of the Innovation in DX and Contesting, L.L.C.  - abbreviated INDX.    INDX was founded in 2015 and  the present members are K9SG, K9LZJ, K9XV, WB9YCZ, W9YE, and W9HBH.  We are constantly upgrading our station to have multiple remotely and locally operated transceivers available for DXing and contesting.  This will allow our operators to continue the hobby at a high level from retirement homes and winter locations in Arizona, Florida, and Perth Australia.  In the future this will make it easier to move into smaller homes with HOAs or even contained retirement communities with no antenna access while continuing DX and Contest operations.    

​​Please see our uTube video at:  www.youtube.com/watch?y=JM3QL6AW9FU  

The club station is located on 3 acres of farmland in a climate controlled pole barn 2 miles east of Greenfield, Indiana on grid square EM79dt.   The location has been used by K9SG and K9LZJ for over 12 years for local and remote contesting and DXing with their individual callsigns. We now have a fiber optic connection to the internet and are moving forward with the design and implementation of a state of the art remote multi-2 contest station.   Please look for W9VW in the contests.

 

Barn with towers and antennas from L to R

Leaning 160 inverted L, 55 ft crank up with 5 band Quad, 80 foot Rohn SSV with 4 EL Steppir and 6 Meter 7 EL long boom Yagi, 40 ft tower with C3S, 40 4 square in background, 160 foot rotating tower (see closeups below), 80 meter vertical 

     SUMMER AT THE BARN 

WINTER AT THE BARN

 

Top of the Tower View Looking Northeast From a Drone at 160 feet 

 

                                                                                                         

Top of 160 ft. rotating tower                                          VHF Stack at 130 feet

432 Yagi Stack and 1.2 GHz Yagi at top                            2 Meters - Stacked 13 B2 Horiz and one 13 B2 Vert Yagi

Upper 20 M beam then 2 EL 40 M Moxon                         220 MHz - 15 El Horiz and 15 El Vert Yagi,   and Discone 

                

 

 

        7 EL 6 M Yagi at 90 feet                                                    3 EL 5 band Quad at 60 ft.

        4 EL SteppIR at 85 feet                                                     4 EL 6 M quad on same boom

          

MINI-BARN  Rats Nest for Coax and control                      Work Bench

Bandpass filters, Ground board                                     Tools, connectors components

Green Heron Remote boxes                                          Woodworking        

  

Equipment Racks for 3 remote stations, rotator       Local station operating position with K3

controllers, computers, amplifiers, and power         Computer, and monitors.  This station also

supplies                                                                    has a 220 MHz transverter and can be remoted

 

REMOTE OPERATING SCREEN SHOT SETUP FOR CONTEST ON DOMAIN 1 

Green Heron Rotor Controls, W9VW System Control Summary, N1MM, Telegram for communication between members during contests,     Green Heron band specific remote switch shown for 40 Meters,  SPE 2K FA remote panel 

 INDX PRESENT SETUP:

HF ANTENNAS

  • 160 M - Inverted L
  • 80 M - quarter wave Vertical
  • 40 M - 4 square
  • 40 M  - Moxon at 155 feet on rotating tower
  • 30 M - Dipole at 120 feet on rotating tower 
  • 20 M - Two stacked 44 ft boom 5 element Yagis at 165 ft and 105 feet on rotating tower 
  • C3S Tribander at 40 feet
  • 5 Band 3 element Quad at 60 feet 
  • 4 Element Steppir at 85 feet
  • Two Bi-Directional Beverage antennas for RX on 80 and 160 during the winter

VHF UHF Antennas

  • 6 Meter 7 element Long Boom Yagi at 90 feet
  • 6 Meter 4 element Quad at 60 feet
  • 2 Meter vertically polarized 13-B2 at 130 feet on rotating tower 
  • 2 Meter - Two stacked 13-B2 Yagis at 130 feet on rotating tower
  • 220 MHz - 5WL 15 element Horizontally polarized Yagi at 130 feet on rotating tower 
  • 220 MHz - 15 element Vertically polarized Yagi at 130 feet on rotating tower 
  • 440 MHz - 11 element tail mounted vertically polarized Yagi at 130 feet on rotating tower 
  • 432 MHz - Two stacked 21 element horizontally polarized yagis at 165 feet on rotating tower 
  • 1.2 GHz - 50 element yagi at 165 feet on rotating tower 
  • 6 M to 1.2 GHz Discone at 140 feet on rotating tower 
  • 2 M/70cm Arrow J pole at 90 feet and another 2M/70CM Arrow J Pole at 40 feet

​Station Setup  

  • We have a direct fiber optic connection with 150 Mbs up and down for remote control
  • Three complete K3 remoterig controlled stations for HF operation with two active on different bands with full power at any time.  
  • Station 1 has a remote K3 and a local K3 (with a 220 MHz transverter for VHF contesting) that feed both inputs of a SPE 2KFA amplifier which then feeds a 6 Pak with outputs for 160, 80, 40, 30, and 20 meters.  Another output from the SPE feeds the Cubical Quad antenna for 17, 12, and 6 meters. 
  • Station 2 has a remote K3 (with a 2 meter module) and a local K3 that both feed a SPE 1K FA that has outputs to the other side of the 6 Pak, a 4 element SteppIR, and a 7 element 6 meter beam.  The 2 meter output goes to a 1KW solid state amp to the VHF array for long haul 2 meters and contesting
  • A remotely operated TS-2000 can do backup HF on a tribander at 40 feet and serves as a driver for a future 1 KW 70 cm. amplifier and a 200 watt 1.2 GHz amplifier  
  • Custom software displays by K9XV show who is on which Station, the frequency they are on, when they are transmitting, when they are working split, and it flashes a warning if 2 stations are on the same band
  • Custom hardware by K9SG takes BCD data from the various K3 radios, determines which is the active rig, and then directs the BCD data to an interface that drives all of the HF and 6 meter antenna switches automatically
  • All coax and switching cables teminate in a mini-barn with only the active cables supplying the radio room
  • Video surveillance with 8 video recording cameras and an on tower tilt pan camera serve as an alarm system and allow us to visually check antennas remotely  

 

POSSIBLE FUTURE INDX PLANS:

  • 160 vertical 
  • A phased 80 meter vertical system
  • EME station 
  • Remote Spectrum Scopes to show active stations and band conditions
  • Receive 4 square or SAL for use while crops are in the ground

 

History of W9VW compliments of W9IND

The Original W9VW Bug belonging to Mike Koss (W9SU SK)

W9VW is a call with a history that encompasses eight and a half decades, two legendary operators, and innumerable contributions to the hobby. First issued around 1930, shortly after U.S. stations adopted “W” and “K” prefixes, the callsign has never left Indiana. Its original owner, Hal Brooks of La Porte, was a noted DXer and contester who played a key role in preserving CQ WW in the 1950s. Brooks also relayed the radio dispatches of Lowell Thomas when the globetrotting journalist visited Tibet.

W9VW became the club call for The Legion of Indianapolis DXers after Brooks’ passing in 1993. The Legion was best known for staging the most successful special event station in history, W87PAX, during the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, logging more than 23,000 QSOs from the well-appointed station of Mike Koss, W9SU.

The colorful Koss, club trustee for W9VW, was a premier DXer and contester whose patented band filters and lightning arrestors were sold through his company, I.C.E. (Industrial Communication Engineers), until his death in 2011. Three years later he was inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Koss is also remembered for his trademark blue Volkswagen with the W9VW license plate; he took car and callsign on annual Field Day treks to New Mexico, sometimes operating from the site of a reputed UFO crash near Roswell.

As keepers of the call since August 2015, our DX and contest club is proud to continue the legacy of W9VW.

 

73 and hope to contact you soon

Hank - K9LZJ        Gary - K9SG       Tom - K9XV     Dale - WB9YCZ       Gavin - W9YE      Steve - W9HBH

QSL with SASE to W9VW or K9LZJ 

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