40th Anniversary of Ham Radio Club

On 17 April 1977, twenty two radio amateurs met at the Hillsboro Farm Bureau Conference Room to form the Highland Amateur Radio Association (HARA) 

Today, there are nearly 100 HARA members and more than 150 ham radio operators in Highland County, OH.

One of the original members was John Levo W8KIW whose interest in radio goes back to a day when he was in junior high school and hanging out with his dad and other farmers at the Faris Implement Store in New Vienna. 

One day [I] went into the store and heard a lot of people talking about the new (WSRW) radio station in Hillsboro. That got my interest. I went home and turned it on and heard stations from all kinds of other places and got hooked on radio – big.
— John Levo W8KIW

It was 1963 when Levo took a class in Blanchester that gave him his ham radio license.

On 22 April 2017, HARA will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a dinner at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church. Levo said an invitation is extended to current members, past members, former licensed hams, and others interested in amateur radio and radio communications.

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