Nashwauk FAA Radar Site
Nashwauk FAA Radar Site (1980-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long Range Radar (LLR) site first established in 1980 near Nashwauk, Itasca County, Minnesota. The site is used to identify and track military and civilian aircraft movements within a 200-mile+ radius and to provide air-ground radio communication with those aircraft. Assigned a SAGE System ID of Z-306, a JSS ID of J-60 and an FAA ID of QJD. Active FAA Radar Site.
This site became an FAA radar site in January 1980, furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCC's and to USAF Direction Centers. Initial equipment included a ARSR-3 search radar and a USAF owned FPS-116 height-finder. The FPS-116 height-finder required the Military Interface Modification (MIM) to connect to the digitizer functionality in the ARSR-3 radar. The modification allowed height-finder operators to process height requests and return height data to USAF direction centers.
In 1982 the FPS-116 height finder was supported by USAF operating location OLBC 21st ADS.
The FPS-116 was removed about 1988.
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 Minneapolis ARTCC (ZMP) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.
Active FAA facility near Nashwauk in Itasca County, Minnesota.