About Us


What is "Ham Radio"

The Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems. The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.


What is "RACK"
The Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville (RACK) was founded in 1954 as a way of promoting the interest of amateur radio operators in the Knoxville Tennessee area.
Our primary means of funding is through the proceeds from our annual hamfest (Knoxville Hamfest and Electronics Exhibition) usually held the second weekend in June.  We use our hamfest income for training of new hams, support of repeater systems, public service activities, to fund our emergency communications van, scouting support, and scholarships for hams.  Membership dues are used to cover our meeting and operating expenses, member communications, picnics, fox hunts, and field day.

Our club meets at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Merchants Road on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM.

Everyone is invited to attend!


We are registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  

Donations of equipment or money are tax deductible when we provide letters of acknowledgement for such donations.