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Jim Mullin, W8KKK (SK)

07/20/2009 Jim Mullin, W8KKK, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, fell to his death from atop a 100 foot tower on June 6, reports Frank "Fritz" Hemrich, K8WLF. According to a post Hemrich made on, Mullin, 69, was in the process of dismantling a tower and antennas when his safety belt "parted at one of the seams and just let go." Hemrich recounted that Mullin had already been up on the tower twice that day: "It appears as if he was on his third trip up to re-position his gin pole to start taking apart and down the tower sections. His ground assistant had just finished taking some pictures of the tower and was putting his camera back in his car. As he turned away from the car he heard Jim hit the ground." A service for Mullin was held June 11.