Paso Robles FAA Radar Site

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Paso Robles FAA Radar Site (1960-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long Range Radar (LRR) site first established in 1960 near Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California. 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-236 and later a JSS ID of J-32. Active FAA Radar Site with an FAA ID of PRB.


This site became an FAA radar site in 1960, furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCCs and to USAF Direction Centers. The initial FAA ARSR-1 search radar remained in operation until it was replaced by an ARSR-4 3D radar in the late 1990s.

In 1980 USAF placed an FPS-6 height-finder (later became an FPS-116) at the site an designated it as JSS site J-32 and assigned it a SAGE System ID of Z-342. The FPS-116 was operated by USAF personnel from OLAB 26th ADS. The height finder was removed circa 1988.

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 radar and a Common Digitizer CD-2C. The Paso Robles CD-2C was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing in June 1992.

The ARSR-1E search radar and the CD-2C common digitizer were both replaced by an ARSR-4 3D radar between 1996 and 1999. A ATCBI-6M Beacon set is in place as the secondary 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 Los Angeles ARTCC (ZLA) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.

Paso Robles FAA Site Major Equipment List
Search Radar Height Radar Data Systems Scopes Comm IFF/SIF/Beacon
  • Single Chan (12)
  • Multi Chan (1)

Current Status

Active FAA facility near Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Location: On Black Mountain near Paso Robles in
San Luis Obispo County, California.

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Lat: 35.39460 Long: -120.35439

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  • Elevation: 3,577'

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