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HAM radios come to the rescue during Utah wind storm

posted Feb 7, 2013, 10:35 PM by Brad Rupp   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 8:42 PM ]

BOUNTIFUL — Some people just know when they find a hobby to last a lifetime. For Gary Johnson, it's being a HAM radio operator. "I love it," he said. "There's a fire in my belly. I do love this hobby a lot."

There are times, though, when his hobby stops being a hobby and becomes something so much more. When severe winds hit northern Utah Thursday, Johnson and his HAM radio friends were called into action.

"We were used to pass information, health and welfare," he said; "be the eyes and the ears of the police department."

Johnson, or N7DND to his friends, was at home in Bountiful when he got the call from the Davis County sheriff. Communications were breaking down because of all the commotion, and the sheriff was wondering if some HAM radio operators could help get messages through to emergency personnel.

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