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Mike Koss (W9SU)
March 28, 2011
Mike Koss W9SU lived in Indianapolis, IN and played a big role in the W9IMS radio club there. Mike was proprietor of Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE). Mike was heavily involved in public service. He was more than a friend to all that knew him. He made you feel like family. Mike will be sorely missed. He was a great ham but more than that he was a great human being.
Mike Bishop, WM4RB
Contributed by: Mike Bishop (WM4RB)
It is with deepest sadness that we learned of
the passing Monday March 28, 2011 of our
great friend and mentor Mike Koss W9SU. Mike
has been a fixture in the amateur radio
community for several decades. Mike was
perhaps best known in larger circles as the
proprietor of Industrial Communications
Engineers, a maker of high quality RF filters
and switching devices, based in Indianapolis.
Mike was far from a one dimensional
businessman, however. He was also the
driving force behind implementing and
maintaining our club station for the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, W9IMS. He went
out of his way to make the club
“superstation,” located on his property,
available to anyone to use for contesting and
DX chasing. Typical of generosity, he sent
out an email to the club before the most
recent CQWW SSB contest, letting his friends
know that they were welcome to come down and
operate for a few hours or the entire
weekend. He was the consummate “behind the
scenes” guy, never seeking recognition, but
working tirelessly to make sure that everyone
he knew maximized their enjoyment of the
hobby and each other. This included making
repairs to towers or amplifiers in the middle
of the night, and cooking for the guys and
gals all weekend. Fiercely patriotic, he
spent hundreds of hours (and probably more of
his own dollars) heading up an effort last
spring refurbishing the monument of the
U.S.S. Indianapolis after the monument had
fallen into disrepair from years of neglect.
He wanted to be sure that the few remaining
survivors could be proud of the monument when
they returned for their annual reunion. Mike
was also very intellectually curious about a
wide range of subjects, and if the bands were
dead, we would spend many a late night
discussing politics, astronomy or science
into the wee hours. He had the rare gift of
making all those he met feel his friendship
immediately, whether that had known him for a
few weeks or few decades. We are all better
for having known him. 73 for now, friend.
Hope to CU AGN SK SK
Contributed by: Gavin J. Roberts (W9YE)
I came across Mike and his company ICE over ten years ago. Although I never spoke with him on air, I did have a few opportunities to chat with him at ICE.
He was an amazing fellow and provided some of the best products!!!!
I send my condolences to his family and the others at ICE
Contributed by: Martin I. Shapiro (KA7GKN)
Many years ago (just out of college and poor as a church mouse) I was getting desperate, needing a good professional reel-reel tape deck to record my sister's senior recital at IU/Bloomington School of Music. Sure enough, Mike said "hey I have just what you need; come on over to the house and we'll fix ya up", and then proceeded to loan me a beautiful high-end Ampex machine (worth at least half my year's salary!). And although decades ago, to this day I remember being totally blown away with his deep attachment to Bizet's "Carmen" and how he could recite instrumental sections and themes-a total surprise,..and at one point I thought he was going to produce a conductor's score for further discussion!!
That's the kind of guy Mike was- intelligent, modest, innovative, and like magic, always there with a generous offer to help. It was totally impossible not like Mike, after a first encounter. Mike was a class act, and in a class of his own. I can only begin to imagine the loss felt by his many friends and family. I was lucky to have know him, and had his friendship.
A final 73's
Contributed by: Chris Peeters (K8RY)
I met Mike when he was 18 years old (39 years ago). I have operated with him on Field Day and multi operator DX contests. I considered Mike one of the smartest hams I knew. He was a hands on technical guy and obviously was a successful business owner too. I last saw Mike four months ago at a ham fest. Had a short eye ball QSO. We will miss him. RIP
Contributed by: jim danehy (W9VNE)
I cant think of a better way to say it. Mike is a kind, caring, gental genius. Goodbye my freind I only wished I had met you sooner. 73 DE KC9RXE
Contributed by: Mike Cimarossa (KC9RXE)
I met Mike and worked a contest at his station in the mid 80s. I did not know him well at the time but we had talked about a KLM 5 element yagi that I assembled and had on top of my garage and the garage next door. It was a monster and I did no know how I was going to get it on top of my 100' rohn 45. He had never been to my house about 40 miles away. That Thanksgiving I went to relatives and came home just before dark. I looked up ant there is was on top the tower. There was a note on the door. Mike had found my place and put up the antenna a piece at a time by himself that day. I called to thank him and he said he did not have to work and thought he would give me a hand. A couple of weeks later he came down and insulated my guy wires and pulled the tower tight. He would take nothing in return. I was a pretty young ham at the time without much experience and he made a big things possible for me by helping me get started with that station. There were so many ways that Mike inspired me. As a ham, station builder, businessman, and most of all as person of remarkable kindness who always reached out to help others that he often did not know.
I did not learn of his passing until the NCJ came out and W9RE mentioned him and there was an (SK) after his name. I was deeply saddend.
I know there are many, maybe hundreds of people that will surely remember Mike as I do. His legacy will live on in those he helped. He left the world a better place. RIP Mike. You will be missed, but always remembered.
Contributed by: sam carpenter (N9FUT)
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