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Home QTH: 7010 Lawler Ridge, Houston, Texas 77055 USA - Harris County - Maidenhead Grid Square EL29gt

Club Information

The Jake McClain Driver Memorial Amateur Radio Club KC5WXA was founded February 1, 2010. The goals of the Club are 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. The club has members in Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Ohio. 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 an Extra Class license.

The club accomplishes its goals by Mentoring New Amateur Radio Operators, Participating in Amateur Radio Contests, Promoting Amateur Radio Through Public Relations, 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.

Club Activities

One purpose of the club is to mentor people who would like to get an amateur radio license. If you are interested in one-on-one mentoring to get an amateur license, please contact us. Members of our club chase DX and participate in most ARRL and CQ HF DX contests.  The club has received the ARRL DXCC Mixed and CW Awards.

KC5WXA ARRL Annual Scholarship

The club, through the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program, provides a $1000 scholarship each year to a graduating high school senior who is a licensed amateur radio operator.  The winners, chosen by the ARRL, are:

Dale Gilbert, KK4GQK, Collierville, Tennessee, 2013

Nickolas D. Kelley, KK4OMQ, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2014

Andrew Donesky, N1AJD, Cleveland, Tennessee, 2015

​Jacob Z. Eshleman, W4JZE, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, 2016

George E. Core, III, KF5ZCL, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2017


DXpedition Support


The club has donated over $3500 to these DX-peditons:

FT4TA Tromelin Island Oct 30-Nov 10, 2014

TX3X Chesterfield Island Oct 2-12, 2015

VK0EK Heard Island Mar 23-Apr 10, 2016

EP2A Iran Apr 15-25, 2016

H40GC Temotu Province Oct 4-17, 2016

XU7MDC Cambodia Nov 4-13, 2016

TL8AO Central African Republic Nov 10-22, 2016

S21ZED S21ZEE Bangladesh Mar 15-27, 2017

H40GC Temotu Province Sep 30-Oct 17, 2017

3C1L 3C0L Equatorial Guinea and Annabon Island Oct 9-22, 2017

3Y0Z Bouvet Early 2018

KH1 Baker Island June 2018

VP6D Ducie Island Oct 20-Nov 3, 2018


For additional information about our club please contact us at KC5WXA@gmail.com.  Thank you for reading about our club and 73.


Pictures below are of Jake and some of the club's QSL cards.  The picture at the bottom is the KC5WXA memorial bench at American Radio Relay League (ARRL) headquarters in Newington, CT.




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