Chantilly Campground: An Amateur Radio Destination Worth Seeing

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Chantilly Campground is a ham-friendly events venue with our very own Amateur Radio Station, N4USA, in our Campground office. Guests can hook up to our existing campground antenna or connect one of their own as Chantilly Farm sports plenty of spots to set up a structure for Amateur radio broadcasting. Radio background noise is extremely low, being we are in a rural area with no industrial noise and very few close neighbors. QRP operators love this location for many of these reasons, finding ...
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Sharing the Word of Amateur Radio

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The Floyd Community Amateur Radio Station Foundation (hosted by FAIRS) and the Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum share a location at Floyd Village Green, Suite 4.  It is their goal to inform the public about specific technologies and their uses. On Monday March 30, 2015 a unique set of visitors came who want to share with others what the place is all about. It is planned that the spring 2015 edition of the Virginia Tech College of Business Magazine will feature an article about Professo...
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Dominica 2015

George James works in the Dominican Telecommunications Commission Office and assists David and Gaynell in obtaining licences. George also assists the people of Dominica in the licensing process in order to operate Amateur Radio.
Each year, FAIRS directors David and Gaynell Larsen travel to the small island country of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. This year, they traveled with their granddaughter Jacqueline, and she had the opportunity to gain a new perspective of the world. The purpose of their visit was to encourage program leaders supported by FAIRS (Foundation for Amateur Intl. Radio Service, Ltd.), to visit foreign friends and to try to make a difference in the lives of others. Throughout the year, FAIRS wor...
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FAIRS Named as New River Valley Featured Non-Profit

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FAIRS has been promoting goodwill through amateur radio since 1991, and has served communities both locally and abroad. We're an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, and thankful for our members and supporters. Their gifts of tax-deductible money, equipment, etc. have made them an important part of the Goodwill works! Now we're highlighted as a local non-profit for Give Big NRV! You may give online through Click & Pledge https://cfnrv.givebig.org/c/NRV/a/fairs
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FAIRS Member Receives Award for Outstanding Work

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Victor Goncharsky US5WE recently received the DXCC 2000 Challenge award. This is an award presented to an amateur radio operator for establishing contact with more than 2000 DXCC Band countries. Victors wife, Helen Goncharsky UR5WA (or her U.S. call sign KT4RP), just qualified to receive the same award! When an operator completes what is necessary for this challenge, they are able to obtain a beautiful plaque congratulating them on their outstanding work with amateur radio. We’re very grateful t...
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New Location for the Community Amateur Radio Station!

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We are happy to announce that FAIRS is now up and running in our new location in Suites 3 and 4 of The Village Green. Along with our Bugbook Computer Museum, we have our Floyd Amateur Radio Station (N4USA). This location will serve as a site through which FAIRS can operate. We will also be hosting an introduction to Amateur Radio seminar at our station, Suites 3 and 4 of the Floyd Village Green, Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7 pm. This will include a power point presentation and station demonstration...
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March, 2014

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FAIRS directors David (KK4WW) and Gaynell Larsen (KK4WWW) are recently home from a mission trip to the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. They were accompanied this time by grandson Dustin Thompson- a first mission trip and his first time flying! The group carried large suitcases stuffed with medical and school supplies, shoes, clothes, and items requested by program leaders who carry out work on the island which is supported by FAIRS. After taking time to activate a phone and organize ...
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Medical and School Assistance in Dominica

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The days are going by very fast and each one is a busy one with projects. Here is some of the past two days.. Assisting with Medical Supplies The Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service (FAIRS) has bring medical supplies to the clinics in Dominica for years. The main hospital has also been on our list and many times we help furnish surgical and other supplies . Their is always a shortage of supplies and even simple things like Tylenol, Aspirin are always in short supply.  Things l...
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Apple iPad for Bioche, Dominica

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Today (2/23/14) we donated a new Apple iPad computer  to the Dominica community of Bioche to help raise funds for repairs at the fishing village and start up of sustainable agricultural projects.  Bioche is a small fishing village of about 200 on the North West coast of Dominica. I am normally discussing vintage computers here on the blog but this project is part of a mission visit representing "The Foundation Amateur Radio International Service"  (FAIRS).   My wife Gaynell and I represent FAIRS...
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October, 2013

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On October 19th, we were a host location (one of several in the region) at Floyd Community Amateur Radio Station to a Simulated Emergency Test held from 9am until noon.   The test emulated weather conditions that occurred during the Flood of 85 which was a result of Hurricane Juan and a low pressure system that combined.  The ground had been saturated by four days of rainfall prior to the arrival of the major rainfall.  The hardest hit areas were the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.  Th...
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