Fossil FAA Radar Site

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Fossil FAA Radar Site (1980-Active) - A FAA Radar Site first established in 1980 near Fossil, Wheeler County, Oregon. Assigned an FAA ID of QVN. Active FAA Radar Site.


This site was commissioned on 1 Apr 1980 as an FAA radar site furnishing radar track data to the FAA Seattle ARTCC and to USAF Command Centers as a part of the JSS System. The initial ARSR-3 radar equipment was replaced with a Common Air-Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR) radar as of 27 Aug 2012.


The nationwide replacement program converting FAA legacy radar systems to the CARSR radar configuration was completed by 17 Aug 2015 and Fossil FAA Radar Site was a part of that program. Legacy FAA radars underwent a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) that replaced key components in the vintage ARSR-1, ARSR-2, FPS-20, FPS-66 and FPS-67 radars. The CARSR program replaced legacy klystron radar transmitters with a solid-state transmitter as well as renovating the radar receiver and signal processor. The CARSR modification also included common digitizer functionality making a separate common digitizer unnecessary. The Fossil FAA Radar Site is now operating with the CARSR radar.

The radar site data is now available to the USAF/NORAD Battle Control System-Fixed (BCS-F) operations centers (EADS & WADS) as well as the FAA Seattle ARTCC (ZSE) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.

Fossil FAA Site Major Equipment List
Search Radar Data Systems IFF/SIF/Beacon

Current Status

Active FAA radar facility near Fossil in Wheeler County, Oregon.

Location: Near Fossil in Wheeler County, Oregon.

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Lat: 44.96028 Long: -119.9517

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  • Elevation: 5,153'

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Fortification ID:

  • OR0066 - Fossil FAA Radar Site

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