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The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., originally known as the Foundation of Amateur Radio Clubs, was organized in July 1957 and incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia as a non-profit organization. The following clubs became charter members:

  • Northern Virginia Radio Club (formerly Falls Church Radio Club)
  • Potomac Valley Radio Club
  • Rock Creek Amateur Radio Club
  • Washington Area YL Radio Club
  • Washington Mobile Radio Club
  • Washington Radio Club

In 1960, minor changes were made to the Articles of Incorporation and the Foundation was re-incorporated under the name “Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc.”

The Foundation has an Executive Committee, which consists of the President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Vice Presidents that are appointed by the President.

FAR’s scholarship program is one of the largest for amateur radio licensees in the United States. FAR also produced F.A.R.Fest — its annual hamfest, conference, and fundraiser — held the first weekend after Labor Day in Gaithersburg, Maryland. At that site in 1958, FAR sponsored American Radio Relay League National Convention. In 1962, FAR sponsored the ARRL Atlantic Division Convention.

The purpose of FAR is to further amateur radio in all of its various facets. FAR sponsors training, seminars, and other events of its own or of its members, in support of amateur radio.