KC5WXA Jake McClain Driver Scholarships


Jake McClain Driver KC5WXA Scholarship at DCHS

Mickey A. Driver, AK5Q and his wife Debbie A. Driver, KD5EFM have established a $1000 college
scholarship for an amateur radio operator at the  DeKalb County High School. 
It is the Jake McClain Driver KC5WXA Memorial Scholarship and will be
awarded to an “active” licensed (any class) student who will be
attending college.  Jake is our late son who passed away at age 26.  He
was an avid amateur radio operator.

Mickey and Debbie have worked
with the DeKalb Foundation for Education, a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization in Smithville, to set up and fund the scholarship.  At
DeKalb County High School they  worked with Lori Myric (formerly Lori
Barnes) who is the Senior Class and Junior Class Counselor, and also
coordinates local and other scholarship information and applications. 
Any student who is a currently active
 licensed amateur can get the
application from Lori and apply.  Lori’s
email address is barnesl4@k12tn.net.

The purpose of the scholarship is to honor and memorialize our late son,
but also to recognize and encourage students interested in amateur
radio.  If there are no licensed amateurs at DCHS, hopefully the
scholarship will encourage a student to get a license.  Anyone who is
graduating this year and is going to college, just needs to apply as
soon as possible to get the scholarship.

Jake McClain Driver KC5WXA Scholarship at ARRL

In addition, my wife and I have set up a similar scholarship through the American Radio Relay
League.  It also is a $1000 scholarship and will be awarded to an
“active” licensed amateur radio operator in the Delta Division which
includes Tennessee.  A student from Tennessee is preferred, so if you
have any active hams at CCHS going to college, please encourage them to
apply the for Jake McClain Driver KC5WXA Memorial Scholarship through the ARRL.

In Houston, where we live, we started the Jake McClain Driver
KC5WXA Memorial Amateur Radio Club.
Information about the club, and
Jake, can been seen at KC5WXA at QRZ.com.

Jake McClain Driver Memorial Amateur Radio Club, KC5WXA
7010 Lawler Ridge
Houston, TX 77055


Mickey A. Driver, AK5Q
Debbie A. Driver, KD5EFM
Houston, Texas



The Jake McClain Driver Memorial Amateur Radio Club KC5WXA was founded on February 1, 2010.

The purpose of the Club is to memorialize Jake’s amateur radio interests and enthusiasm, and to honor him by promoting amateur radio to the general public as a hobby and emergency communications resource. Jake, KC5WXA, was an avid General Class amateur radio operator in Houston, Texas. At the time of his death at age 26 in May 2009 he was studying for his Extra Class license.

The club accomplishes its purpose by Mentoring New Amateur Radio Operators, Conducting mini DXpeditions with Club Members, Participating in Amateur Radio Contests, Promoting Amateur Radio Through Public Relations, Operating an ARRL Field Day Site, Conducting Amateur Radio Satellite Operations, and Other Activities that Promote Amateur Radio. We are proud to be an Affilated Club of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Jake McClain Driver KC5WXA

Jake was first licensed in November 1996 at age 13 when he received his Technician Class license. He immediately got a Yaesu FT-50 handy talkie and was on the air. Over the years he acquired a Yaesu VX-5 and Icom 207. He got a Yaesu FT-857 when he received his General class license in July 2007. He had vertical, ground plane and dipole antennas. One of his favorite pieces of equipment was a Vectronics 20 meter CW QRP transceiver which he built himself.

Jake liked to “hang out” on the 146.92 repeater in Houston, Texas and would often be heard having QSOs on the Salt Grass linked system. He also enjoyed the short wave ham bands and maintained a meticulous log. He was a member of the ARRL, AMSAT and the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club.

Officers, Membership, Activities

Club Officers are:

  • Deborah Driver, KD5EFM,President

  • Mary Boyles, KF5IWK, Vice Presdent

  • Jim Boyles, KF5IWJ, Vice President

  • Mickey Driver, AK5Q, Trustee

We have club members in Texas, Tennessee and Ohio.

The club particpates in most ARRL and CQ HF DX contests. In addition, the club has operated several mini DXpeditions. In May 2010 club members operated from San Juan, Puerto Rico as KC5WXA / KP4 (IOTA NA099). In April 2011 club members operated from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, as KP2 / KC5WXA (IOTA NA106). Club members operated from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (IOTA NA106) from January 25 to January 30, 2012 as KP2/KC5WXA and participated in the CQ WW 160 Meter DX Contest.

For additional information about our club our activities please contact us at KC5WXA@gmail.com.

Thank you and 73.