Nashwauk FAA Radar Site

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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.

This site assumed coverage for part of the area formerly covered by Finland Air Force Station, MN (Z-69) and Baudette Air Force Station, MN (Z-132) after they closed in 1979-1980.

In 1982 the FPS-116 height finder was supported by USAF operating location OLBC 21st ADS.

In 1983 as the SAGE System was deactivated, the Nashwauk FAA Radar Site joined the JSS System with a JSS ID of J-60 as one of the original members.

The FPS-116 was removed about 1988.

The FAA ARSR-3 search radar was replaced with a ARSR-4 3D radar between 1996 and 1999.

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.

Nashwauk FAA Radar Site Major Equipment List
Search Radar HF Radar Data Systems Scopes Comm IFF/SIF/Beacon
  • MIM - FA-9290
  • Single Chan (12)
  • Multi Chan (1)

Current Status

Active FAA facility near Nashwauk in Itasca County, Minnesota.

Location: 35996 MN-65, Nashwauk, Minnesota.

Maps & Images

Lat: 47.39780 Long: -93.17041

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  • Elevation: 1,613'

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