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Misuse of Amateur Radio - Jan 2021

posted Jan 25, 2021, 11:21 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer

ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio

For over 100 years amateur radio and ARRL — the National Association for Amateur Radio® — have stood for the development of the science and art of communications, public service, and the enhancement of international goodwill. Amateur Radio’s long history and service to the public has solidified the well-earned reputation that “Amateur Radio saves lives.”

Amateur Radio Operators, due to their history of public service, their training, and the requirement that they be licensed by the FCC have earned their status as a component of critical communications infrastructure and as a reliable resource “when all else fails."

Amateur Radio is about development of communications and responsible public service. Its misuse is inconsistent with its history of service and its statutory charter. ARRL does not support its misuse for purposes inconsistent with these values and purposes.


posted Apr 9, 2020, 5:00 PM by L. Nichols Cook, MD   [ updated Jan 11, 2021, 10:47 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]


posted Feb 11, 2020, 8:43 AM by L. Nichols Cook, MD   [ updated Apr 11, 2020, 7:08 PM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

New Ham Radio Classes

posted Jan 22, 2020, 11:59 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer   [ updated Feb 22, 2021, 1:24 PM ]

New Instructional Courses for the Technician Class has now be reschduled!

Do you want a more in-depth study of ham radio theory, or desire to obtain a new or upgraded amateur radio license? Then this class could be for you! Andy Gailey (N9PNL) recently moved here and joined the RACK Club. He is an experienced General Class license holder who likes to help new or potential hams advance their knowledge level. This could help you increase your skills and make your hobby more fun. NOTE: This is not a quick study used by many just to get a license. The emphasis is on really learning and understanding the material!

I am planning on doing a Technician Class starting Saturday March 27, 2021 through Saturday May 15.  If we could get testing done that afternoon or the following Saturday, we could have some new hams in time for Field Day.

 Time for class will be 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  I will get Lighthouse Christian Church to host the class. The address is 8015 Facade Ln, PowellTN 37849  I  am going to use a different text book than the ARRL book  that I can print out for a small fee to cover my costs of printing the text book.  $5.

I am not charging for the class. The email address that I am using for class registration and communication is  This class is open to any potential Ham and RACK membership is not required.

 Andy Gailey N9PNL

Jack Walters Creed, K4EPC, SK

posted Jan 15, 2020, 7:17 PM by L. Nichols Cook, MD   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 9:16 AM ]

It is with great personal sadness that I announce the passing of one of the great friends of our club and Amateur Radio in general. 

Rest in Peace, my Friend! You will be sorely missed!

Obituary of Jack Walters Creed

Jack Walters Creed, 80, passed away on Monday, January 13, 2020 at home. The family has requested donations to be sent, in Jack’s honor, to The East Tennessee Honor Guard, P.O. Box 22802, Knoxville, TN 37933 or Covenant Hospice at 


posted Apr 20, 2014, 8:36 AM by David Waters   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 7:11 PM by L. Nichols Cook, MD ]

The RACK repeater 145.21 on Sharps Ridge has been upgraded to latest Yeasu software and can be used in regular analog FM or digital Fusion mode, auto switched.  Tone of 100 hz required.  It is not setup for Wires-X but it is being considered.


August 2015, the 444.575 and 145.21 repeaters have been upgraded to Yeasu Fusion analog/digital repeaters.  Therefore, 444.575 repeater is no longer linked to the other repeaters.  Users with Yeasu digital radios may operate these two repeaters in digital mode if desired.  If a user transmits in analog mode, the repeater switches back to analog mode.

Weekly nets:
Sunday 9 pm - RACK 6 meter, check in on 53.770, -1.0 MHz offset, Tone 100.0, or any of above freqs. 
              9:30 pm - check in on usb on 50.2
              9:45 - check in on am on 50.4

Monday 9 pm - RACK Tech Net and Swap/Shop, check in any of above freqs.  Tone of 100 may be required

Rack Meetings

posted Aug 12, 2013, 6:58 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer   [ updated May 5, 2021, 5:29 PM ]

Next meeting -  May 20, 2021 - Cokesbury Church - Kingston Pike W. Knox

Program: Van Demonstration, Hamfest Ticket Sales, Hamfest Worker signup

Just a reminder, dues cover Jan 1 thru Dec 31.  Existing members must pay the full amount to renew membership.  New members (out for more than 2 years) may pay on a prorated basis based on the month of payments.

Bring a friend if you can.  Do not need to be ham or member to attend.

posted Apr 27, 2013, 11:13 AM by David Waters   [ updated Aug 12, 2013, 8:30 AM ]

Upcoming Events

posted Apr 13, 2013, 4:04 PM by David Waters   [ updated May 5, 2021, 5:31 PM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

May 13, 2021 - RACK Board mtg. - ZOOM

May 15, 2021 - RACK Tech Class license study completes with testing

May 15, 2021 - VE Testing , WMBC, pre-registration required

May 20, 2021 - RACK General Meeting - Cokesbury Church

June 17, 2021 - RACK General Meeting

Jun 19, 2021 - Knoxville Hamfest at Kerbela Temple and VE Testing

Jun 26-27, 2021 - Field Day Event

Sep 24-25, 2021 - W4DXCC Pigeon Forge

UCPC - Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 400 Everett Road , Farragut  37934
Knoxville Health - 140 Dameron Ave 
KCEOC = Knox County EOC, 605 Bernard Street

WMBC = Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, Merchants Road, near I-75 North

Note - Programs are subject to change, check monthly meeting notices

VE Testing - Get Your License!

posted Feb 12, 2013, 7:50 AM by David Waters   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 4:12 PM ]

The Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville offers testing sessions the third Saturday of each month.
Tests are conducted at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church on Merchants Drive in North Knoxville.

Pre-registration is required.  

Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. and enter through the West door marked Worship Center.  
Exams start promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Signs will be posted to direct you.
Bring your current license (if you have one) and a government issued picture ID.

The cost is $10.00 payable by cash or check.  

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