PHENIX CITY, Ala.� Broadcast engineer Frank McLemore, 72, passed away this weekend. He died Saturday following complications from a car crash in Phenix City, Ala. His vehicle was struck by a stolen SUV involved in a high speed police chase, according to WTVM.com.
His wife, Erin, was hospitalized from the accident and is reported to be in serious condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
McLemore was a ham operator (N4TKT), former FCC agent/inspector, inspector for the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program and owner of a two-way radio shop in Phenix City. According to the ABA newsletter, McLemore was a member of SBE Chapter 118 in Montgomery and held a CPBE certification. Radio World readers may also recognize his name from tech tips he submitted to the publication�s Workbench column.
Longtime friend and colleague Charlie Wooten said that McLemore had just recently attended the Dayton Hamvention, where they had visited.
In an email, Wooten wrote, �I was honored to know Frank, and his family is in my prayers. In the ham radio community, when a ham dies we call it �silent key,� or SK. N4TKT SK.�