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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 USA
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.