ath9k: Fix kernel panic during driver initilization

all works need to be initialized before ieee80211_register_hw
to prevent mac80211 call backs such as drv_start, drv_config
getting started. otherwise we would queue/cancel works before
initializing them and it leads to kernel panic.
this issue can be recreated with the following script
in Chrome laptops with AR928X cards, with background scan
running (or) Network manager is running

while true
sudo modprobe -v ath9k
sleep 3
sudo modprobe -r ath9k
sleep 3

	 EIP: [<81040a47>] __cancel_work_timer+0xb8/0xe1 SS:ESP 0068:f6be9d70
	 ---[ end trace 4f86d6139a9900ef ]---
	 Registered led device: ath9k-phy0
	 ieee80211 phy0: Atheros AR9280 Rev:2 mem=0xf88a0000,
	 Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception
	 Pid: 456, comm: wpa_supplicant Tainted: G      D
	 3.0.13 #1
	Call Trace:
	 [<81379e21>] panic+0x53/0x14a
	 [<81004a30>] oops_end+0x73/0x81
	 [<81004b53>] die+0x4c/0x55
	 [<81002710>] do_trap+0x7c/0x83
	 [<81002855>] ? do_bounds+0x58/0x58
	 [<810028cc>] do_invalid_op+0x77/0x81
	 [<81040a47>] ? __cancel_work_timer+0xb8/0xe1
	 [<810489ec>] ? sched_clock_cpu+0x81/0x11f
	 [<8103f809>] ? wait_on_work+0xe2/0xf7
	 [<8137f807>] error_code+0x67/0x6c
	 [<810300d8>] ? wait_consider_task+0x4ba/0x84c
	 [<81040a47>] ? __cancel_work_timer+0xb8/0xe1
	 [<810380c9>] ? try_to_del_timer_sync+0x5f/0x67
	 [<81040a91>] cancel_work_sync+0xf/0x11
	 [<f88d7b7c>] ath_set_channel+0x62/0x25c [ath9k]
	 [<f88d67d1>] ? ath9k_tx_last_beacon+0x26a/0x85c [ath9k]
	 [<f88d8899>] ath_radio_disable+0x3f1/0x68e [ath9k]
	 [<f90d0edb>] ieee80211_hw_config+0x111/0x116 [mac80211]
	 [<f90dd95c>] __ieee80211_recalc_idle+0x919/0xa37 [mac80211]
	 [<f90dda76>] __ieee80211_recalc_idle+0xa33/0xa37 [mac80211]
	 [<812dbed8>] __dev_open+0x82/0xab

Cc: <>
Cc: Gary Morain <>
Cc: Paul Stewart <>
Cc: Vasanthakumar Thiagarajan <>
Tested-by: Mohammed Shafi Shajakhan <>
Signed-off-by: Rajkumar Manoharan <>
Signed-off-by: Mohammed Shafi Shajakhan <>
Signed-off-by: John W. Linville <>
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