Club President Pat Hagen welcomed the approximately 90 members and guests in attendance.
After the welcome and catering meal, Nominating Committee Chairman Richie Hagen announced the officers for the coming year. They will be Pat Hagen as President, Tom Mongold, Jr. as Vice President and Kathy Levo as Secretary-Treasurer. Sam Johnson will join the executive committee as a trustee for three years. The other directors are Richie Hagen, Ken Lightner and Jeff Collins.
President Hagen then recapped what has been another successful year for the club noting the many varied activities the club has been involved in. Among these activities highlighted were:
• Participation in the American Radio Relay League’s annual operations and emergency preparedness training exercise called “Field Day”;
• Establishment of portable emergency stations at four Ohio State Parks during the Ohio State Parks on the Air operating event; and
• Active participation in the National Weather Service SkyWarn amateur radio storm reporting program.
Hagen also noted the club’s community involvement projects of decorating veterans’ graves at Hillsboro Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day and providing the Hillsboro Uptown Merchant Association with communications and programming assistance at the recent parade. of Christmas. He noted that an FCC licensing class and testing sessions had resulted in several new hobbyists in the area getting licenses.
Several members received certificates of appreciation for the things they did to benefit HARA throughout the year.
Hagen then introduced special guests Dale Williams and Scott Yonally, who are American Radio Relay League (ARRL) elected officials.
Williams, who traveled to Hillsboro from the Detroit area, briefed HARA members on actions regarding amateur radio ongoing with the Federal Communications Commission.
Yonally praised the club for being one of the leading clubs in the state and the country. They then presented HARA’s Public Information Officer (PIO), John Levo, with the 2021 ARRL Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award.
They explained the process the ARRL Board of Directors takes each year nationwide to select and honor a club’s PIO with the award based on the promotion of amateur radio within a community, interaction with public officials and local media and amateur radio community.
Following the program, a gift exchange took place and door prizes were awarded to participants.
Since its foundation in 1977 with 20 members, HARA has become one of the largest amateur radio Ohio clubs with over 140 members. Of these, approximately 125 have FCC-issued licenses and reside primarily in Highland County. According to the FCC database, more than 200 amateur radio licenses are currently issued to Highland County postcodes.
Informations about amateur radio and how individuals and communities benefit from its emergency service and how it is an enjoyable and educational hobby can be had by visiting the ARRL website www.arrl.org. Those who would like information about the local association, its license classes and testing sessions as well as its involvement in the community can contact the club at [email protected], visit the club’s Facebook page or contact Levo on (937 ) 393-4951.