Indiana War Memorial Museum,
USS Indy Radio & Exhibit. Date: 02 Feb 2011
2005 a group of 4 people headed by Chuck W9IH approached World Wide Museum ships
event committee (USS Salem CA-139) for permission to participate as one of the
89 museum ships during the June 5th event that year.
Participating during the event were Amateur radio operators “Hams” from the Indianapolis &
surrounding communities. Some were members of the Indianapolis Radio Club, The
Hoosier DXER's , some weren’t even hams but wanted to help. Many of the Hams were
members of more than one club.
They operated from a
Building in the area of the USS Indianapolis Memorial located on
north end of the Canal during the “SHIPS Event “ in 2005, 2007 & 2008 as the
USS Indy Radio memorial station (CA-35). By 2008 the Group had become know as the
Radio Ham group and number
about 50 for operations and 6 to 10 for equipment support.
They have operated “Ships Event" in 2009 & 2010 as well.
( all coordinated by Chuck W9IH a life member of the Indianapolis Radio club (IRC))
The IRC is the oldest USA Ham radio club with beginnings back to 1914.
Late In 2008 USS Indy
Radio approached the Indiana War Memorial Museum
for permission to build the now existing USS Indianapolis Radio exhibit.
The Entire project was coordinated by Chuck, which involved more than 175 donations from
more than 80 separate donors and about 30 volunteers which took 8 months to complete.
Project was done with Donations totaling more than $60,000.
The exhibit was formally completed on Nov 7th 2009 and open to the public.
Helping construct and maintain all of the 8- WW2 Transmitters and 20- antique receivers,
power supplies and various test equipment were local Indy volunteers. Not all were Amateur
radio operators. Some volunteers were ex US Navy, Army & Air Force veterans.
Currently the exhibit is maintained and operated by 8-10 volunteers who give the life to this
IWM permanent, living
WW2 radio exhibit honoring the USS Indianapolis Cruiser ship
and US radiomen form the 1940's to 1960's..
The USS Indy radio Group operates separately while inviting and including Ham operators
youth groups, visitors and volunteers to enjoy the exhibit.
For more info: goto.. www.USSIndyRadio.org