Daves Blog

Daves Blog - I post items about our "Land for Sale by Owner" & "Chantilly Farm" & "Tiny Homes " and my interest Historical Computers. This is a continuation of my Blog about my historical Computer Collection. All 13,000 items in the collection are now located at the "Computer Museum of America" in Roswell, GA.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Emergency Communications Center - Dominica Amateur Radio Club Site

Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. DARCI
Restoring the Club Site after Hurricane Maria
January 2020

David and Gaynell Larsen - Directors of the "Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS) visited Dominica to assist DARCI in late January 2020 and  here are some of our activities. Many have assisted DARCI in recovering from Maria . A lot of amateur radio work is still needed - if you would like to help give me a call 540-392-2392.

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DARCI  club members holding
donated equipment in front
of club house
Club members David J79USA, Tony J73TP, Gilbert J72GPG, Clement J73CPL - holding talkies and other equipment donated by Jay Wilson at Disaster Emergency Response Association (DERA). Photo taken in front of restored club house.
The building is made from two shipping containers with a truss roof  and a nice room between the containers. The roof was also destroyed by hurricane Maria.



Inside club house used for meetings
and teaching ham radio classes.
Gaynell J79WW & Clement J79CPL.
You can see the 2 containers with roof overhead with the room between containers. The room is very useful for meetings and other gatherings.

Solar panels are on the roof for off the grid operation during storms and power outages. The battery backup charged by the solar panels is below ground in a hardened container. The club also just buried the main power connection to the grid for a better chance of main power not failing.




Outdoor shelter at DARCI
 received heavy
damage from Maria .
Wood was salvaged from this shelter and used to repair the roof of main club house. The repair of this shelter will have to wait until the club has funds to do the work


You can see that the outdoor shelter was also damaged along with part of the security fence being blown over.


New  beam antenna
just installed on tower
at club house.
Gilbert J72GPG is the maintenance officer and he and Tony repaired the rotator  and a new triband beam. New coax feed line was installed making the antenna system operational as new.  The tower did withstand the hurricane so it did not have to be replaced.

The 50 foot tower at the home of J73CPL where Gaynell and I stay while in Dominica was totally destroyed by Maria. We need some help to get a new tower and beam up at that location in Wotten Waven.







Adding a dipole
antenna to club
house.


Gilbert with Gaynell J79WW holding the ladder for Gilbert to install a dipole antenna over the club house.











Operating Position  J73Z  at
 the club house in
the container.


Gilbert using his talents to repair the antenna rotator. This is also the operating position for club call J73Z. This is the container on the right side of building. The container on the left side is used for equipment and supply storage.

The club house also has bathrooms and  showers built into the building just to the right side of this container.






Clement J73CPL president of the
DARCI with three club members.

There is a lot interest recently from members of  the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) to become members of  DARCI  and assisting with emergency communications.  Several DAPA members have already joined DARCI and are helping to operate as net control for the regular morning mobile net.
The club has been asked to do some amateur radio training for DAPD in Dominica and I am sure this will result with more DARCI members.  These members can make significant contributions to the Radio club.


"by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm owner, Computer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA .  I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tiny house as Micro-Cottage rental


Tiny House as Micro-Cottage Rental


Micro-cottage at
Chantilly Farm Campground

The micro-cottage is a very functional weekend camping cabin for two. The cottage is insulated - heated in Winter and Air Conditioned in the Summer.  It has beautiful woodland as backdrop with a great mountain view out the front.

Here is a good view of Chantilly Farm from from an overhead drone. Look close and in the upper left when video is starting you will see where the Micro-cottage is located - it is not much more then a small white dot.



Micro-cottage at
Chantilly Farm Campground
side view


The cottage is Micro - about 10 x 8 feet.  Still it is very functional inside and many features outside - picnic table - Fire pit - water hydrant - outdoor lighting - short walk to bath house - nice flat area for tent and AC power.

Here is a little video of the Micro-Cottage.





Group camping using the
micro-cottage as the
hub of activities

Here is group of about 10 with most sleeping outside or just coming for the day. This was an amateur radio field day event with lots of socializing, grilling and eating.


Here is my Tiny Home Video Blog Channel.






Inside food preparation area
in micro-cottage
Inside the cottage is equipped with small refrigerator - Microwave - cabinets for storing provisions. Small table that can be used inside or outside - two metal chairs and two camp chairs.  A nice view from the windows inside looking toward the mountains.

Location of Chantilly Farm on Google Maps.





Inside bunk beds
Chantilly Farm micro-cottage
Two bunk beds with good lighting for reading. WiFi is also available.  It is not intended that guest would spend the entire day inside as it is beautiful outside. The farm has a good many activities with Disk Golf - Hiking/Bike trials - 100 acres of woods to enjoy the Flora and Fauna. Acres of open grass land for ball games - kite flying and more. More about trails 

Events at Chantilly Farm -2020



Outside view at  Chantilly Farm
Micro-Cottage
Nice long distant view out the front of Micro-Cottage.  Picnic table and fire pit with grill also next to cottage.

Here are my Blog posting about Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm and more.

Book Micro-Cottage or other camping at Chantilly Farm Campground.

Reuse of products - The micro-cottage was used as a small office at a different location before converting it to the current use.



"by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm owner, Computer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA . Now that my large historical collection of  microcomputers has been moved to the "Computer Museum of America"  I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392



Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bugbook Microcomputer Computer Museum

The Bugbook Microcomputer Museum

The best 300 artifacts from my collection of
13,000 computer items. 

This is just some reminiscing about old times when I had a small historical microcomputer museum in Floyd, Virginia. I moved the entire collection to the "Computer Museum of America" in 2016. I am proud to still be working with historical computers as a Board Member at the "Computer Museum of America".

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Audio / Photo Tour of the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" - Floyd Virginia

Please note this is not complete - it is a work in  progress with a total of 19 cases of display material, some wall pieces, and Ham or Amateur radio station. 

Next Step is QR code on each cabinet to click on with smart phone and get the audio of that case.
                                                             
Welcome to the Audio Tour of the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" Floyd Virginia
                                            David Larsen KK4WW Curator

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Case #1 bugbook Computer Museum




Display Case #1 Audio Description "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum'

Case #2 Bugbook Computer Museum
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Display Case 2 Bugbook Computer Museum  Audio description

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Case #3 Bugbook Computer Museum
Case #3 Bugbook Computer Museum






Display Case #3 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer museum"


Case #4 Bugbook Computer Museum
Case #4 Bugbook Computer Museum






Display Case #4 Audio Description "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum'


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 Display Case #5 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"




Amateur Radio Station N4USA










   Amateur Radio Station - -Audio description -N4USA in back part of museum




Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
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 Display Case #6 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"





Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
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  Display Case #7 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"




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Display Case #8 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"

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Computer Museum
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Display Case #10 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"



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Case #11 Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum








 Display Case #11 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"



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Display Case #12 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"


david Larsen KK4WW
Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum 









Audio introduction to the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum"



Chantilly Farm
Chantilly Farm Office in Village Green 3 & 4










Audio Introduction to our "Chantilly Farm Office" here in the Village Green.
Jason Gallimore is our "Event and Festival Planner and Promotions Manager"




Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
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Display Case #13 Audio Description "Bugbook Computer Museum"




Display Case #14 Audio Discription "Bugbook Computer Museum"



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 Display Case #15 Audio Discription "Bugbook Computer Museum"




 Bugbook Historical Micrcomputer Museum
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Display Case #16 Audio Discription "Bugbook Computer Museum"




ASR 33 Teletype
ASR 33 Teletype












ASR 33 Teletype Audio Description "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum'







"Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service" (FAIRS) in the Bugbook Computer Museum.  The Curators of the museum also are Directors of FAIRS.






"Foundation For Amateur International Radio Service" Audio for banner and radio
Station N4USA in the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum"




bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum
Datapoint 2200 terminal 


The Datapoint 2200 terminal - was an 8 bit programmable computer that came to market in 1971 --- way before Apple, IBM or Microsoft.








Datapoint 2200 terminal - audio description of the terminal/ computer in the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum'




Apple 1 Computer
Apple 1 computer

We have several original Apple 1 computers in our museum however for security reasons we don't feel comfortable displaying the originals.
This Apple 1 on display is a clone made for our museum by Brandon Cholodenko. It is a beautiful example of the an original Apple 1 and is an operational computer.






Apple 1 computer display in the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum'


David Larsen Blog Author
"by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm owner, Computer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA . Now that my large historical collection of  microcomputers has been moved to the "Computer Museum of America"  I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392














Saturday, January 18, 2020

Tiny House as Bunk House rental



Tiny House \ Bunkhouse
Chantilly Event & Camping Venue

We have two primitive small tiny house's at Chantilly Farm campground used as bunk house rental units. They are surprisingly popular rentals and super simple & functional.

Enjoy hiking and bike trails that start next to the Bunkhouses.

Tiny House (bunkhouse)A with  Fire Pit. 
The bunkhouses are located in a nice setting with a fire pit for outdoor pleasure and cooking.   Each Bunk house generated about $3000 for the 2019 year. This is a good return as these units have been set up and used on three other farms during the past 10 years. First as a  hunters cabins then moved and used on two other farms as weekend camping cabins for the family.

A good example of reuse of a product.

Video of Bunk Houses - Click




Bunk house A is named
"Cheery Chipmunk"
Camper like the clever way we have named the Tiny Homes after local animals and events. Bunk House A  named "Cheery Chipmunk".  Bunkhouse B is "Rising Rainbow".

WiFi is available at each bunk house from one of the five WiFi towers on the farm. 



Bunk House A interior 
The inside is finished with 2x4  studs shown as part of the interior   wall.  The furnishings include one led light blub - four bunks - one table and 4 chairs. The AC power is minimal and only useful to charge your cell phone or computer.  

Chantilly Farm is very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.





Bunk beds in Bunk House A.

These are unheated however it is surprising how many times we rent these out in rather cold  weather.  Motorcycle campers really like these bunk houses in place of setting up a small tent.  It is a no brainier  when it is raining to rent a bunkhouse instead of setting up a small tent. Simple bunk beds work just fine and Campers furnish there own bedding. 




Event Area with the large stage
at Chantilly Farm.
A beautiful view of our festival event area from the Bunk House's.


David's tiny house blog postings

David's Tiny House Video Channel




Play area at Chantilly Farm with
Deer grazing.


Book your Bunk House now -
Chantilly Farm Camping


Children's play area with local deer grazing near camping area.

  • Primitive Bunkhouse with 4 twin sleeping bunks (NO MATTRESS - YOU BRING ALL BEDDING!)
  • Plenty of room for an extra air mattress or two
  • One low-amperage outlet for charging a cell phone or laptop (Not suitable for space heaters)
  • Located steps from Bath House A and includes premium views of our meadows and forest
  • Perfect view of the Chantilly Stage
  • Fire pit onsite
  • Wifi
  • 2pm Check-In / 11am Check-Out
  • Open grassy meadows, thick forests with hiking & mountain biking trails, a babbling brook, a bark park for our furry friends, playsets for the kids, clean bath houses, frisbee golf, and more--all just steps away



"by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm owner, Computer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA . Now that my large historical collection of  microcomputers has been moved to the "Computer Museum of America"  I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ham Radio Operator Peter UX5DH - life long dream of DXCC


  1. 2020 Ham Radio Christmas Story.

By Victor Goncharsky US5WE/K1WE, FAIRS director for European operations.

New Ham radio technology knocks on our doors. Both youngsters and old timers are involved in the process of learning and using these technological achievements.
The person I’m going to tell this story, Peter Choporov UX5DH, is the ham since early 60s.
Peter is the FAIRS member who was involved in many FAIRS VHF repeater and packet radio projects in Ukraine.



Recently Peter has bought and installed two digital DMR repeaters in Lvov UR0WUB and on Trostian mountain in Carpathians UR0WUC. FAIRS Ukraine has provided the licensing support for this project.
APRS Packet radio nodes UR0WUB-1 and UX5DH-3 in Lvov using the equipment from the “Eurasia Foundation” grant No. 95-0031 “Ukrainian Digital Amateur Radio Network” is being used for this project. These APRS nodes are also being maintained by Peter UX5DH.
In late December 2018 I introduced Peter to a new digital mode FT8 and proposed him to try it by using the equipment he had: ICOM IC7000 transceiver and FD4 multiband dipole. Several weeks were spent to cure RF feedback and bad SWR issues but finally the first FT8 QSO was made on 30m. It did not take long for Peter to become a FT8 addict.
For less then a year almost 7000 QSOs were made on all bands 160 to 6 meters, DXCC awards (Mixed and Digital) were received. As Peter told me, he was dreaming to put DXCC on the wall from his first steps in ham radio when he saw them in Ham Dad Vlad’s U5WF (UB5WF) shack and finally after almost 60 years Peter’s dream came true!



To improve his DXCC Challenge totals on low bands Peter made a full sized horizontal delta loop for 160 meters. This antenna was found to be much better then FD4 both for receive and transmit on 160-40 meters. The table below shows Peter’s DXCC Challenge totals achieved in less then a year with a simple barefoot setup and wire antennas.



So the opinion that DX-ing is easy with FT8 seems to be overestimated but it is wonderful to see Peter’s call UX5DH on the screen and realize that it is possible to come back on the HF bands after many decades of absence and still have a great fun. Welcome aboard, Peter!




Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tiny House village makes great corporate offices

Tiny Home Village 
used as 
Chantilly Corporate Offices

Village of 4  tiny houses is located at "Chantilly Farm"  in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains  and 6 miles from the town of Floyd, Virginia.   Chantilly Farm is a campground and event venue.  See " Chantilly Farm''  all the activities here at the farm.  video      Trails for a relaxing hike or walk on the farm.

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One of the 4 Tiny House as part
The Tiny House Village
at Chantilly Farm
Each Tiny house is 390 Sq. feet  in size and set up for full time living however at this time we use each Tiny Home  as office space. The village has many advantages compared to the 4 offices we rented for 17 years in the town of Floyd. Our town offices had no windows and was a boring work environment.  Out here at Chantilly Farm we have 5 windows in each tiny house with wonderful mountain views. The rent in town was getting rather expensive and now we have our own place on the farm.  Most of our business is at Chantilly Farm.




Chantilly Farm
Tiny House Village
The Tiny Houses are tied together with a walkway that connects all the homes very conveniently.  Each home has a front porch that fills the 28 feet of the front side of the  house and makes a great place to watch the sunrise from the East.  The homes are located on the South slope of the hill for great passive heat in the winter and melting our rare snow very quickly. You can see that each Tiny Home as a nice 6 foot wide porch with a covered overhang. Great a place for a rocking chair and watch the deer in the meadow.





Kitchen in the Tiny House
at the Chantilly Farm
Tiny House Village.


Each Tiny Home has a full kitchen at one end with Stove, microwave, Refrigerator, sink , and cabinets.

The homes have a small full function bathroom with shower, vanity and commode.  The hot water is supplied with a tankless on demand hot water heater for efficient use of electricity.






Tiny House Office
at Chantilly Farm
This is the other end same office in the above photo and shows office set up with desk and file cabinets.

This is also a Cyber Village !!
Each Tiny House is wired with 500 feet of CAT-6 internet data cable. There are 10 internet outlets in various parts of each tiny  home.  We can connect about any piece of equipment direct to the internet or connect various pieces of office equipment to digitally communicate with each other.  The 4 Tiny Homes are each connected together with CAT-6 cable for inter office communication. A great office environment.



My office in one of the
Tiny Homes

All 4 Tiny Homes are used as offices. Two are single offices, one serves two staff and one serves 3 staff.

Each home as a nice loft on each end that could be sleeping lofts. We use this lofts for storage space.  You can see the loft on one end in this photo. Nice head room in the loft area.




Ductless heating and air unit
in each Tiny Home.


Each Tiny House has an independent ductless mini split heating and air unit.  Nice - each office can be set independently to satisfy the staff in that office. Very cost effective at about $750.00.







50 Ampere outlet on each home




A 50 amp  outlet has been added each Tiny Home . This allows
us to power visiting Tiny Homes on wheels or Rv's .





A view of the back side of
Chantilly Farm
Tiny Home Village


You can see the bath build out in this photo from the back side of village. The  beautiful view we have from the front of the village. The Blue Ridge Parkway is only a couple of miles away.







View from front deck of
Chantilly Tiny House Village

This is the beautiful view from the deck of the Tiny Home Village. Nice!

It is expected that sometime in the future each of these Tiny Houses will be used as rental property here at Chantilly Farm and camp ground.




Chantilly Farm video
by drone "CLICK"
Chantilly Farm has many amenities along with the Tiny Home Village.  We have a full service campground for tiny homes on wheels & RVs, multipurpose trails for biking or hiking, 9 hole disk golf course, large event barn, large stage. and much, much more.  Click here to see "Chantilly Farm" Web siteYou can click here to see description of  many features of the Farm Venue. Enlarge the photo and you can see the Tiny House Village in center of the photo. Located in a beautiful part of the Blue Ridge Mountains.                 

If you would like to see a list of the hundreds of videos I have made about chantilly farm "Click here"


David Larsen
Chantilly Farm
"by David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm owner, Computer Historian, and amateur radio operator -KK4WW   & N4USA .   I work out of one of the Tiny Homes at Chantilly Farm. A great place to work if you like the to be out in nature. I am 81 and ready to sell Chantilly Farm - I have a few more  projects I would like to do - if you have an interest to know more give me a call. 540 392 2392