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NEXT TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE REVIEW AND TESTING will be Friday evening and all-day Saturday, November 15 and 16, at the Knox County EOC, 605 Bernard Ave. To register, please go to and click on November 15 on the calendar. Please register by Monday, November 11, in order for us to have an accurate food count. To get a copy of the free study guide, download the PDF at 
Questions? Contact Nick Cook at

Severe Weather

Hurricane Preparedness (May 5-11)  National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Local Skywarn Net is on 147.94 Repeater


posted Apr 20, 2014, 8:36 AM by David Waters   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 10:29 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

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.


The new repeater shack in now moved to AC4JF repeater site in Walland. The shack is now powered and the 53.770 repeater is operational.
The 6 meter FM net has been moved back to 53.770 on Sundays at 9 pm local time.


New shack/house is ready for moving to AC4JF repeater site.  Will be moved this week, wx permitting.

10-07-18  LHD

A new net is now on the 145.21 repeater on Sundays at 8 pm lead by the Sevier County ARES group.  The net starts in FM mode and then switches to digital Fusion mode. Repeater has good coverage in the North Knoxville Area and has a tone of 100 hz.

1-10-18 LHD

New underground power feed is now complete the the AC4JF site and extra meter installed for RACK equipment.  Tower has been erected for future RACK antennas.  Planning ongoing for building structure to house RACK repeater equipment with possible build by end of November.

9-23-17 LHD

The main repeater system is moved to AC4JF site.  For now only the 147.300 repeater will be operational.  The Monday night FM net will be conducted on 147.300.  The 145.21 repeater is still operational in the north Knoxville area. The 53.770 repeater is temporarily located at an east Knoxville location but has very poor coverage.  The Sunday night net will use only the 53.150 repeater starting Dec. 4.  The Sunday night will also have a USB session on 50.2 mhz starting around 9:20 and a AM session on 50.4 mhz starting around 9:40.

11-30-16 LHD

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 any of above freqs. Tone of 100 may be required
              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 Nov 5, 2019, 6:43 PM ]

Next meeting is Nov 21 at WMBC starting at 7 pm

The scheduled SPEAKER for the November meeting is Mike Mathis, N4MIK, who will be speaking on the Apollo missions.He was an electronics technician on the Apollo Command & Service Modules at the Kennedy Space Center, and worked on the crew that received, prepared and launched several Apollo Saturn V missions including Apollo XI.

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.

Drinks and refreshments will be available.

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 Nov 5, 2019, 8:09 PM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

Nov 21, 2019 -  RACK general meeting, 7 pm, WMBC

Nov 23, 2019 - VE License Testing, 9:30 am WMBC, Preregistration required
Dec 11, 2019 - RACK Christmas Party, 5- 7 pm, Louie's Restaurant , Old Broadway
Jan 4, 2020 - Lakeway Hamfest

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


posted Mar 24, 2013, 7:25 PM by David Waters   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 4:09 PM ]

The demo went well and we will post photos soon!  
  Thanks to all that helped...

Hello Amateurs,
Just a reminder about the RACK presentation this coming Friday, 3:00pm at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School. 
We will have the RACK1 Comm Van on site by 2:00 for set-up. 
Dave, K4YRK will be giving the indoor presentation.
Please RSVP  asap so I can make sure all needs are covered.
Jim, N4CFB

The presentation will be Friday April 5,2013, 3:00pm at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School.
The event will be an after school program for gifted and talented students. 
This is a science and technology event and our hobby will be giving the presentation. 
Their ages are 3-5 graders.

The ComVan will be there and have all it's equipment installed and operating. 
It will be the back drop for our talk with the kids.
We will have hand-outs for the attendees with info on emergency preparedness. 
We can demo our part in disaster comm and also our hobby and how it fits into the world we live in.

If you have any questions, please contact me ASAP because the date is close. 
Please respond with your desire to attend and help with this club project.

Thanks for you help.

Jim Norman, N4CFB

RACK 1 Manager

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.  

A Letter from the President - Take Our Survey!

posted Jan 16, 2013, 8:11 PM by David Waters   [ updated Jan 16, 2013, 8:20 PM ]

January 15, 2013 - 

RACK is involved in many amateur radio activities. As it is with any organization it is created and sustained by the activities the membership enjoys together.
RACK is no different. The repeaters listed above are a good example of our broad interests in amateur radio. We have an outstanding RACK Hamfest each year due to those members who work for the good of the club. Don’t forget Field Day is coming again in 2013. We have already reserved the park. Watch the web site for information

RACK is expanding to support the community in new and maintaining already established programs.
The newest program we have undertaken is the RACK Unit1 Communications Van. We are converting a television remote broadcast van into a mobile communications asset for the community and for use by the membership for contesting as well. We have committed to support disaster response in SW VA, E TN, and N GA with amateur radio communications in the event of a loss of communications from a disaster.

One of the ongoing programs we are maintaining is the BSA Jack Goforth “Ham Shack” Trailer. The “Ham Shack” made its annual pilgrimage to BSA Smoky Mountain Council Camp Buck Toms as it has done for the past eleven years, thanks to the dedication of RACK members. Their focus for six weeks each summer is to teach boy scouts about amateur radio and assist them in building a radio receiver and watch their astonished faces when they hear voices coming out of the air around them. The BSA Smoky Mountain Council has acknowledged the need for communications during disasters and has also made the trailer available to be used for disaster communications.
RACK recently supported the Boy Scout council at their Rendezvous. At the Rendezvous we met a Boy Scout leader who leads a Knoxville inner city troop of scouts. In discussions with the leader we discovered their need for the simple things like Boy Scout uniform shirts, trousers, socks, belt, scarf, hats, etc. We would like to support them by providing the needed scout uniform items their families cannot afford. By the way the Boy Scout leader is a Ham! He is a seasoned DXer and we are recruiting him to join RACK. We would like to take the Jack Goforth “Ham Shack” to their meetings and help the interested scouts build a radio receiver just like those made at Camp Buck Toms. Eventually we may Elmer them into passing the FCC Exam and see them construct a “Ham Shack” in their scout room at the church where they meet.

As a member of RACK we want to know what you would like to do as a member. What ideas do you have to promote amateur radio in the area? What present activity will you support? When was the last time you were at a meeting? Put the meeting date on your calendar for each month and make it a priority to be at as many as you can. Check the web site for the meeting topics. You may not be interested in the topic but I have learned something from every program. What is a better thing to do than fellowship with fellow Hams. We have close to eighty members. Our present meeting room would be crammed if we all were there and we’d have to look for a larger room at the church. What a great problem to have. We can do that! Help us to achieve that goal!

Please complete the survey form below and return it to Jim Snyder AJ4NO RACK Secretary. We are sending most out by email and the remainder by USPS. Jims return address is on the envelope. Please send us your email if we don’t have it to save postage in the future.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting and working beside you at the activities you mark below. We are open to discussions of activities you may have written in too. Please bring the completed survey form to our next club meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may return it to us via email or US mail. We look forward to your reply.

Joe Meighan,

Joe Meighan,- KB4REC
Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville

Check Out Our New Web Site!

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:35 PM by David Waters   [ updated Jan 7, 2013, 7:14 PM ]

RACK is sporting a new look! 
Check our site often for information and news for the region's amateur radio community.  Our new page is a work in progress, so give us your comments.


posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by David Waters   [ updated May 20, 2016, 8:03 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

HamCam Will Return!

posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by David Waters   [ updated Jan 6, 2013, 8:45 PM ]

We have settled our insurance claim for the lightning damage incurred on August 5th, 2012.  
Look for the HamCam to return to Chilhowee soon!

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