Frank A. Lynch, W4FAL SK

Sadly Frank has left this Earth to mix his EM field with that of the universe. What follows is the biographical information that he wrote about himself.


Frank grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Patrick County, Virginia. When he was 12 years old his parents moved to Mount Airy, NC. He attended North Surry High School, graduating in 1973. During his high school years, he worked at Evans Radio and TV, Wood's TV, as a projectionist at the Cinema Theatre in downtown Mt. Airy, and at WPAQ 740 kHz and WSYD 1300 kHz radio stations and at televison stations WUNL and WSJS on Sauratown Mountain. After High School it was on the North Carolina State University to major in Electrical Engineering . Frank has held a FCC Commercial RadioTelephone General Class License (that was orginally a First Class Radio Telephone with Radar Endorsement) since 1972.

Frank got his first amateur radio license in April, 1995 as KE4ZEQ. Having worked at TV and radio repair shops beginning in the 8th grade, starting a career in radio and TV broadcasting, and later in land mobile radio, he had been encouraged by many hams over the years to enter the amateur radio hobby. His friend and co-worker, Bob Lukaszewski K4HA finally was successful in getting him to take the test.

In June of 1996, Frank was appointed by Danny Hampton, K4ITL, to be a North Carolina Assistant Director and Frequency Coordinator for the SouthEastern Repeater Association (SERA). SERA is the largest frequency coordination group in the US. In January, 1999, Frank became the North Carolina Vice Director and Frequency Coordinator when Lin Couch, K4OLC decided to retire from the Vice Director postion.

Frank continued to get encouragement to upgrade to a higher class license. As an incentive, Bob, K4HA found one of those circular slide rule Smith Chart calculators that Frank had been wanting for his collection of such technical trivia. The challenge was to pass 13 WPM and it's yours! At the VE testing session on July 17, 1999 at the Cary Amateur Radio Club's Midsummer Swapfest, Frank passed the final requirment for the Amateur Extra Class licensee, the 20 WPM Morse code test. Being true to form, Bob got on the PA system, stopped the hamfest and made an offical presentation of the "Smith Chart Calculator" to Frank. It was an event that neither of them will soon forget.

Frank is a Senior Electrical Engineer at Nortel Networks and has worked on a variety of cellular base station, RF transceiver, analog, and high speed digital design projects. He holds US Patents 6,201,708 and 6,724,880.

In 1999 Frank founded the Smith Chart Amateur Radio Society, a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation and advancement of technical skills in amateur radio.

Frank holds both ARRL VE and W5YI VE certifications. Frank regularly assists with the TEARA VE sessions in Smithfield, NC on the third Saturday of each month except July and December.

In October 2000, Frank was appointed by the NC Section Manager John Covington, W4CC and the NC Section Technical Coordinator Danny Hampton, K4ITL to NC ARRL Section Technical Specialist. You can read about the role of the ARRL Technical Specialist and other ARRL Field Organization positions on the ARRL Technical Specialist web site..

In July 2002, Frank applied for and received the ARRL Official Relay Station (ORS) appointment. You can find Frank most evenings on the North Carolina Evening Net (NCEN) on 3923 kHz at 6:30 PM Eastern and later on the Piedmont Coastal Traffic Net (PCTN) on the 148.88 Raleigh repeater.

Frank is also presently the ARES District Emergency Coordinator, for Area 7 (Wake, Harnett, Johnston, Nash, Wilson, and Edgecombe Counties).

Frank is Club Callsign Trustee for K4OO The Smith Chart Amateur Radio Society, for K4MOB SouthEastern Repeater Association, Inc.,for N0BPL The Preservation of Amateur Radio Spectrum Society and for W4BWC the Capital Amateur Repeater Society.

Frank and family live in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's been in the Raleigh area since 1973 when he came to Raleigh to attend NC State University majoring in Electrical Engineering. Frank has served on NCSU's Electrical Engineering Department's Industrial Advisory Board. He also has a variety of technical interests that are related to both amateur and commercial radio, and include RF propagation modeling, RF circuit design, VHF, UHF and microwave filter design, RF system design, and antenna design.

Frank's wife, Brenda is not a ham but tolerates his hobby quite well.

The W4FAL station consists of a Yaesu FT-847, a commercial Alinco VHF for 1200 baud packet, a dedicated Motorola GM300 for the local repeaters, and ADI 220 MHz FM radio and various antennas for HF, VHF, and UHF.

If you know Frank, you also know he enjoys Smith Charts!