Situated at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, this massive radio installation was set up as a two-way transmitter, rather than merely a listening device to monitor space. The use of NIRA for this purpose was well underway in August 2076, constantly running into problems with local radio interference. To counter that and establish a clear connection for at least an hour, the crew of the site logged a request to divert power from the main Appalachian grid and use the NIRA to generate an electromagnetic radio-canceling field.
The project was successful, with the September 3, 2076, transmission at 2 p.m. coming in clear as day - and NIRA successfully sending out a reply. The problem was that the intensity of the field had a deleterious effect on humans, as the electromagnetic radiation produced a dielectric heating effect in the brain of all people in the range - as far as Clarksburg - resulting in intense migraines, nausea, and other nasty side-effects. When local media picked up on the unusual phenomena, the transmission and the generator were immediately shut down.
However, the project was not mothballed. Instead, the team at NIRA focused on trying to come up with alternative solutions for the problem while still experimenting with radio frequency cancellation. Dr. Constance Nichols, an ionospheric physics Ph.D., was hired to help with filtering background noise to that end. The problem was that the electromagnetic radiation at the site had a consistently adverse effect on the workers on-site, with pain medication and various shielded hoods being offered as a solution to the problem, due to the necessity of the cancellation equipment. The employees were not thrilled, but they continued the job.
The centerpiece of this location is the large radio telescope, some small service/control rooms are found just next to and north of the telescope. To the south is an office/administration building, and to the west is a warehouse building. A weapons workbench can be found at the warehouse.
- Fred's uncertain future - Note, inside the office building, upstairs, on a desk in the corner opposite of the working terminal.
- NIRA site doctor's report - Holotape, inside the office building, upstairs, on the desk in the central office.
- Four potential Vault-Tec bobbleheads:
- On the roof of the office building, on the on the northern edge, near a skeleton. Can be accessed via the roof of the crashed red big rig trailer.
- Inside the maintenance warehouse with the two flagpoles outside, in the northwest corner of the mezzanine upstairs balcony, on the metal shelving.
- In the small service building right next to the radio telescope.
- At the foot of the dish with the flagpole outside, inside the dish array control room, on top of the small central computer mainframe.
- Three potential magazines:
- Inside the office building, in the upstairs office to the northwest with a red trailer protruding through the outer wall, on the metal desk with the bottlecap sunglasses and teal rounded vase.
- Inside the office building, in the southwest corner of the upstairs office with the dead potted tree outside the door, on the ornate bureau.
- At the foot of the dish with the flagpole outside, inside the dish array control room, on a desk with a destroyed terminal in the eastern corner.
- Power armor chassis - Behind the locked door at the warehouse building. Use the loading dock storage key (see below) to unlock the door or pick the level 2 lock.
- Fusion core - In the basement of the office building.
- Loading dock storage key - Can be found behind the chained door in the office building. The key opens a locked door at the back of the warehouse building.
The National Isolated Radio Array appears only in Fallout 76.