Texas A&M University’s Amateur Radio Club, W5AC, has promoted interest in ham radio in Aggieland since 1912. Following a local storm in April 2020 that damaged the club’s headquarters and antenna tower, student leaders committed to creating an endowment to ensure future funds for club operations, facility maintenance and equipment repair.
“W5AC is one of the oldest student organizations at Texas A&M and one of the oldest university radio clubs in existence,” said Kevin Glueck ’96, the club’s advisor. “Its student leaders are passionate about the club’s activities and are taking the next step to ensure W5AC has future resources.”
As funds become available from former members and fundraising efforts, W5AC will transfer them into the endowment. “It saddens me that fewer college students have the opportunity to explore ham radio, a hobby that can be of great public service during times of disaster,” said Connor Farrell ’21, W5AC’s president. “Creating a permanent funding source that will serve the club’s ability to exist long term and succeed gives me an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment.”