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Jack Walters Creed, K4EPC, SK

posted Jan 15, 2020, 7:17 PM by L. Nichols Cook, MD   [ updated Jan 15, 2020, 7:28 PM ]

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. Jack became a Silent Key Monday afternoon. Here is information copied from the Dignity Memorial site. I am sure more information will be available at the meeting Thursday night about how we as a club can honor him, including a last call during the Sunday night Rack 6m net for which Jack acted as NCS for many years.  I will post more information when I have it.

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. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Creed and Wilma Peterson. Jack is survived by loving wife of 58 years Sherrill Creed, children Joseph (Tonya) Creed, David (Melissa) Creed and Sara (Mark) Shoemaker, grandchildren, Josh, Lexie, Lena, Emily, Samuel and Jack, brother, Tom (Jane) Creed, sister, Jilda (Bob) Kettel. The family will have a Graveside Service on Friday, January 24, 2020 at the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway at 9:30am. The family will have a Memorial Service on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 2pm in the Chapel of Berry Highland Memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family would like 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 www.covenanthomecareandhospice.com. Friends and family may share condolences at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

RACK Repeater UPDATE:

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.

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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 Jan 12, 2020, 6:08 AM by L. Nichols Cook, MD ]

Next meeting is Jan 16 at WMBC starting at 7 pm. This will be a round table discussion of ham radio topics. It will include Club business for the upcoming year, a question and answer session for new or potentially new hams, and any topics any other members want to bring up to share or issues someone may be having and want to discuss.


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 Jan 8, 2020, 7:09 AM by Lou Dreinhoefer ]

Jan 09, 2020 -   RACK Board meeting,  7 pm , WMBC

Jan 16, 2020 -  RACK general meeting, 7 pm, WMBC

Jan 18, 2020 -  VE License Testing, 9:30 am WMBC, Preregistration required
Feb 15, 2020 -  VE License Testing, 9:30 am WMBC, Preregistration required
Feb 20, 2020 -  RACK general meeting, 7 pm, WMBC
Feb 22, 2020 - Dalton GA Hamfest
Mar 19, 2020 -  RACK general meeting, 7 pm, WMBC
Mar 21, 2020 - VE License Testing, 9:30 am WMBC, Preregistration required

Jun 20, 2020 - Knoxville Hamfest - Kerbela Temple


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.  

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.

Sincerely,
Joe Meighan,

Joe Meighan,- KB4REC
President,
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.


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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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