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[December 2015] -- W9SU is now the callsign for the Legion of Indianapolis DXers, the club that sponsored special event station W87PAX during the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. With more than 23,000 QSOs, it was the most successful special event station of all time. (For more information, see the QRZ.com listing for W9VW.)

[May 2014] -- Previous W9SU license holder Mike Koss was posthumously inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. The magazine honored Koss as a "DXer and DXpeditoner; founder and owner of filter manufacturer ICE (Industrial Communications Engineers); key player in establishment of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, W9IMS; organizer of special event station W87PAX at 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis." Here's to Mike!

[February 12, 2013] -- The Indianapolis Radio League, formerly W9IRL, is proud to claim the longtime callsign of its founder and benefactor, Mike Koss. Any QSLs for W9IRL or W9SU -- whether you worked Mike or the club station -- may be sent directly to the club address or through the bureau via W9IND.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: QSL cards may also be sent via the bureau to W9SU or W9IRL. QSL requests from SWLs are always welcome.

HISTORIC NOTE: According to a 1930 government-issued callbook, the original holder of W9SU was Louis R. Huber (alternate control station, Section 8, U.S. Naval Reserve) of Tipton, Iowa. Since the W0 district didn't exist until the late 1930s, Iowa was a W9. Articles by Huber appeared in the January 1934 and April 1934 issues of Radio magazine; you can read them by copying these links: 

www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio/30s/Radio-1934-01.pdf  -- Page 9

www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Radio/30s/Radio-1934-04.pdf -- Page 5

73 -- Brian, W9IND

 

Silent Key

Mike Koss, 58, W9SU, was found in his workshop on the morning of March 28, 2011, and could not be revived by paramedics.

An accomplished DXer and contester, Koss had 326 confirmed DXCC countries and still holds the 10-meter CQWW record for the 9th call area, set in 1989. He owned, designed and maintained one of the best amateur radio stations in the Midwest, whose big signals could be heard during the three annual special event operations of W9IMS, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club.

Koss was also the driving force behind Special Event Station W87PAX, which commemorated the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. The station logged more than 23,000 QSOs, which was considered a record for special event operations.

Public service also figured prominently in Koss' life: He used his hefty station to pass messages during hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. In 2010 he spearheaded a volunteer project that cleaned up and repainted the U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, just in time for the survivors’ reunion. The ship was torpedoed in 1945, and only 317 of the original 1,196 crew members survived the sinking and subsequent shark attacks, exposure, extreme thirst and other rigors associated with spending nearly five days in the Pacific Ocean.

Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE), which Koss founded in 1989, is well known in the amateur community for lightning arrestors, line filters and other radio products. For information on ICE products, go to www.morganmfg.us

 

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