Byhalia FAA Radar Site
Byhalia FAA Radar Site (1958-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long Range Radar (LRR) site first established in 1958 near Byhalia, DeSoto County, Mississippi. 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-233 and an FAA ID of QYB. Active FAA Radar Site. Also known as Memphis FAA Radar Site.
This site began furnishing radar track data to the Memphis ARTCC (ZME) on 5 Dec 1958. The site remoted data to the ARTCC via a microwave link.
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 radar and a Common Digitizer CD-2A. The Byhalia CD-2A was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing in August 1992.
The nationwide replacement program converting FAA legacy radar systems to the CARSR radar configuration was completed by 17 Aug 2015 and Byhalia 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 Byhalia 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 at this site is an 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 Memphis ARTCC (ZME) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.