Saturday, April 14, 2018

W9VW Open House

This afternoon I had the pleasure of attending an open house event at the Innovation in DX and Contesting club station W9VW. The open house event was for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club who's members operate the special event station W9IMS from this location.

Welcome to W9VW - Innovation in DX and Contesting!

Founded in 2015, Innovation in DX and Contesting's club station is located on 3 acres of farmland in Greenfield Indiana. When you arrive, the first thing you notice is the impressive antenna farm located out behind the barn. The tower farm includes a variety of towers and antennas for every band including a 180' rotatable tower (seen on the right in the photo below). There were so many towers and antennas outside it was impossible for me to get them all in one photo, but I tried my best!

W9VW - Innovation in DX and Contesting's Antenna Farm

Once inside I was greeted by a very friendly and welcoming group of amateur radio operators from both clubs. After introductions were made I was given a tour of this wonderful station from one of it's founding members and trustee, Hank K9LZJ. It did not take long for me to figure out how passionate Hank was for what they have been able to build over the last few years. The unique and interesting thing about W9VW is that everything inside and out can either be operated locally or remotely from anywhere in the world. Hank took the time to show me each and every element of the station including several projects they are working on at this time. I could have listened to him talk all day, I was really learning a lot from Hank and I appreciate him taking time out of his day to give me a personal tour of the station. After the tour I enjoyed a cold drink and day dreamed about how cool it would have been to get my little QRP radio out of the trunk of my car, connect it to the 20m beam up on the 180' rotatable tower and start pounding out CQ on my vibrokeyer with all 5 watts! Maybe one day... 

Do you want to know more about W9VW? Check out the video below that Hank posted on YouTube and enjoy the tour!

You can also learn more about W9VW by visiting their QRZ page, just CLICK HERE. 

If you would like to find out more about the special event station W9IMS, operated from W9VW, check out their QRZ page by CLICKING HERE. Members of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club will be operating on multiple bands for both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 races this year. Special QSL cards can be earned for each race by completing a QSO.

Today's tip is something that was shared with me early on when learning morse code and for that I am very thankful. When learning morse code, learn each character at a faster speed and leave more time or spacing in-between your characters allowing you to think about what you just heard. This way once you learn all of your characters and become more comfortable with copying, all you will have to do to speed up your copy ability is decrease the amount of time or spacing in-between your characters. This is called the Farnsworth Method for learning CW.

A quick google search will give you all sorts of information about the Farnsworth Method. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to help you out as well.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope to hear you on the air sometime. Please take a moment to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the blog. The weather is improving and I will be operating outdoors before you know it! I am excited to share those adventures with you here when they happen.

Until next time, 72 de Mike KQ9RP


  1. Mike...that's so cool. I have always wanted to check that place out. Very nice.