Montgomery FAA Radar Site
Montgomery FAA Radar Site (1959-Active) - A FAA Radar Site established near Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. Initially assigned an FAA ID of MGM. Active FAA Radar Site.
Construction on the Montgomery FAA Radar Site began in late 1957 and was completed in the spring of 1959 at a reported cost of $3 million. The facility was commissioned on 16 Jul 1959.
This site furnishing radar track data to the FAA and was data tied to USAF SAGE System Direction Centers. Initially equipped with ARSR-1 search radar equipment that was updated to the ARSR-1D and then by the mid-1990s had been upgraded to the ARSR-1E configuration.
A FYQ-47 Common Digitizer was probably placed in service by February 1973 when the USAF/FAA FST-2 to FYQ-47 replacement program was completed. By 1990 the site was equipped with a ARSR-1E search radar and a CD-2A Common Digitizer. The Montgomery CD-2A was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing in March 1992.
The nationwide replacement program converting FAA legacy radar systems to the CARSR radar configuration was completed by 17 Aug 2015 and Montgomery 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 Montgomery FAA Radar Site is now operating with the CARSR radar. At the time of the CARSR changeout, the legacy radar in place was an ARSR-1E and the CARSR conversion included a 7172 Antenna. The secondary radar for the site is the ATCBI-6 Beacon set.
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 Atlanta ARTCC (ZTL) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.
Active facility near Hope Hull, Montgomery County, Alabama.
Visited: 20 Apr 2016