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Local radio man helps expedite local emergency communication


February 28, 2018

AUGUST JOHNSON, in his shop, is surrounded by the tools of his trade: radio communicaiton.

At his home on Marks Ridge, August Johnson, 61, can often be found in a small shop filled with radios and electronics along with the tools and parts he uses to tinker and repair radios and other electronics.

He may be listening in on a transmission from someone a world away or talking to another ham radio operator across the county. Outside the shop is a radio tower mounted with a repeater to help improve communications in the Sweet Home area, in which line-of-sight communications out of the area is difficult because of hills surrounding the town.

Sheriff Bruce Riley presented Johnson wit...

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