Maiden FAA Radar Site
Maiden FAA Radar Site (1960s-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long-Range Radar (LRR) site first established in the 1960s near Maiden, Catawba County, North Carolina. 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 an FAA ID of QRM. Active FAA Radar Site. Also known for a time as Charlotte FAA Radar Site (CLT).
This site became an FAA radar site in the 1960s, 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 modified to become a (CARSR) radar with a 7172 Antenna.
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 an ARSR-1E search radar and a CD-2A Common Digitizer. The Maiden CD-2A was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing in October 1992.
The nationwide replacement program converting FAA legacy radar systems to the CARSR radar configuration was completed by 17 Aug 2015 and Maiden 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 Maiden 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 Atlanta ARTCC (ZTL) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.