Mike Koss W9SU (SK)


Owner of Industrial Communication Engineers Mike Koss, W9SU (SK)

Mike Koss, W9SU, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away Monday, March 28. He was 57. According to his friend Brian Smith, W9IND, Koss was found on his workshop floor and paramedics were unable to revive him. Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE) is well known in the amateur community for surge protectors, line filters, RF switches and more.“Besides being the heart and soul of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, Mike was also the proprietor of ICE,” Smith told the ARRL. “He also owned, designed and maintained one of the best Amateur Radio stations in the Midwest — the one responsible for cranking out the big signals of Indy 500 Special Event Station W9IMS. Mike 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.”

Koss was also an accomplished DXer, with 326 confirmed entities. Smith called him a “first-rate contester,” saying that his 10 meter CQWW record for the 9th Call Area, set in 1989, remains unequalled.

Smith told the ARRL that Koss was also extremely involved in public service activities: “Just last year, Mike spearheaded a volunteer project that cleaned up and repainted the USSIndianapolis Memorial in downtown Indianapolis, just in time for the survivors’ reunion. The ship was torpedoed in 1945, and only 317 of the original 1196 crew members survived the sinking and subsequent shark attacks, exposure, extreme thirst and other problems associated with spending nearly five days in the Pacific Ocean.”

On March 31, ICE released the following statement concerning the company: “Industrial Communication Engineers (ICE), Ltd, its employees and the Indianapolis Amateur Radio community mourn the passing of company founder Mike Koss, W9SU, on March 28, 2011. Due to Mike’s sudden and unexpected death, ICE has temporarily suspended accepting new orders. We are in the process of reorganizing the company, as well as identifying and fulfilling current open orders and products returned for repair.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition period.

Questions may be directed to info@icemfg.com.”

Linda Ferdinand N2YL SK 5/4/2010

Linda S. Ferdinand N2YL CHATHAM, NY – Linda S. (McLarnon) Ferdinand, age 63 years, of North Chatham, NY, died May 4, 2010 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass. Born May 11, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Barbara A. (Turan) McLarnon. Funeral services will take place on Friday, May 7, 2010, at The Medway Congregational Christian Church, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Matthew Marlow officiating. A calling hour will take place at the church from noon to 1:00. Burial will take place in The Medway Christian Cemetery, Climax, NY, following the service. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gary J. Ferdinand of North Chatham, a son Brian J. Ferdinand of Rensselaer, NY, a daughter Lauren Michelle and husband Jay Ferdinand-Intagliata, of San Jose, CA, a brother Gary J. and wife Peggy McLarnon of Earlton, NY, two grandchildren Evan Ferdinand of Rensselaer, and Jackson Ferdinand-Intagliata of San Jose, CA, her uncle Robert M. Turan of Earlton NY and her niece Colleen McLarnon Wilkinson of Greenville, NY. Prior to her retirement she was a computer systems analyst at I.B.M. in Poughkeepsie, NY, a life member and director of The American Radio Relay League and held the Ham Radio Call Sign of N2YL, as well as being a world expert in Morse code, an avid quilter and a lover of cats. Funeral arrangements under the direction of W.C. Brady’s Sons, Inc. Funeral Home, 97 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Linda’s memory to Animal Lovers, PO Box 6426, Albany, NY, 12206, telephone number 518-448-5468, or e-mail http://www.animalovers.empireone.net.

The Poughkeepsie club (PARC) used her callsign, N2YL for many years at their Field Day.

Bob Paulsen W2KPZ SK 1/23/2010

Robert Charles Paulsen, Sr. ROUND ROCK, TEXAS: It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Robert Paulsen, Sr. who passed away at age 91 on January 23, 2010. He was born on January 18th, 1919 in Orange, NJ, the son of Carl and Augusta Paulsen. Bob married Alice Repsher in 1942 and together they raised five children. Bob served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific and in Europe. He brought with him skills he learned from his childhood working with homemade radios, skills that he honed while working at IBM. While in Europe Bob worked with a team of German POWs installing radio towers. He became a favorite of these men and their mothers. One of the mothers sent him a “thank you” note for his kind treatment of her son. After his Army service Bob returned to IBM to work with computers where he was the first to build a transistorized (instead of tube) computer. This was built with transistors personally fabricated by his own hand. During these years he earned many patents related to the design of computers. This work brought him to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1958. Bob had creative talent and enthusiasm for building things. He made deluxe homes for all our pets: a coop for the chicken, a hutch for the rabbits, a kennel for the dogs. Hamsters and a parakeet had hand-made cages, and two crows had a coop. For his daughter he made a doll house with electric lights and for all his children, an outdoor clubhouse. His reputation as someone who could fix almost anything spread far. One day Bruce Springsteen came to Poughkeepsie for a concert and found his guitar amp was not working. The local electronics store sent him to Bob who fixed it on the spot. He had basement full of tools and parts for almost anything, especially electronics. Bob was a life-long HAM radio enthusiast (W2KPZ) and made many friends in that community. It was through this activity that Bob met some very close friends from Germany, the Zöllers. Alice and Bob made a number of trips to Germany and the Zöllers in turn visited us in Poughkeepsie. They now seem very much like family. Several of them were able to come for a visit just this past December. Bob’s ancestry is from Germany and Denmark and in the1980s while visiting the area he and Alice met many other descendants from the same extended family. Bob even went to school and learned to speak German. After 46 years in Poughkeepsie, Bob and Alice moved to Texas in 2004. Bob asked that there be no memorial service and that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the SPCA in Dutchess County New York or an SPCA in the Austin area. Bob and Alice have often made donations to the Dutchess County SPCA at 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538. See http://www.dcspca.org/mainpages/page2.htm#Donations. Bob is survived by his wife Alice, his three natural children Robert, Richard and Kathryn, two adopted nephews, John and Steve Repsher, eight grandchildren and his brother Carl.

Bob Paulsen, W2KPZ

Bob Paulsen, W2KPZ

Ted Klein W2QYE SK 12/14/2009

Theodore R. “Ted” Klein POUGHKEEPSIE – Theodore R.”Ted” Klein, age 87, of Poughkeepsie died Monday, December 14, 2009 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Ted was born April 21, 1922 in Rochester, NY. He was the son of the late Samuel J. and Charlotte (Stein) Klein. He married Pearl Finkelstein on December 19, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. Mrs. Klein died December 13, 2004. Ted served his country both before and during World War II, first in the U.S. Merchant Marine, from 1940 to 1942, and then in the U.S. Army, from 1942 to 1945. Ted was a member of Congregation Schomre Israel, IBM Quarter Century Club, Masonic Lodge #671 Wappingers Falls, The Harding Club, Past President of the Dutchess County Shriners Club and an Amateur Radio Operator. He was a graduate of RCA Institute in New York City. He is survived by two sons: Lee Klein and his wife Michelle of Poughkeepsie, NY and Howard Klein and his wife Janet of Irvine, CA; four grandchildren: Dana, Benjamin, Jenessa and Hillary Klein. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, at Congregation Schomre Israel, 18 Park Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY with Rabbi David Kaplan presiding. Burial will be in the family plot in Schomre Israel Cemetery, Lagrange Ave., Poughkeepsie. The family will sit Shiva starting at 6:15PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the residence of Lee and Michelle Klein, 32 Seaman Rd. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Memorial contributions can be made in Ted’s memory to the NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION, INC., 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or The Shriners Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. Arrangements are under the direction of Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY.