Coopersville FAA Radar Site
Coopersville FAA Radar Site (19??-Active) - A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Long-Range Radar (LLR) site first established before 1990 near Coopersville, Ottawa County, Michigan. 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 CPV. Active FAA Radar Site.
This site became an FAA radar site before 1990, furnishing radar track data to the FAA ARTCC's and to USAF Direction Centers. The initial FAA FPS-66A search radar remained in operation until it was modified in July 2011 to become a Common Air Route Surveillance Radar (CARSR) using a 1561 antenna. Coopersville FAA Radar Site received the first production model of the CARSR Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) equipment to upgrade it's legacy FPS-66A radar set.
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 FPS-66A search radar and a CD-2A Common Digitizer. The Coopersville CD-2A was scheduled to receive an upgrade kit to implement three level weather data processing on 14 Dec 1990
The nationwide replacement program converting FAA legacy radar systems to the CARSR radar configuration was completed by 17 Aug 2015 and Coopersville 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 Coopersville FAA Radar Site is now operating with the CARSR radar. 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 Chicago ARTCC (ZAU) and adjacent ARTCCs. Other federal agencies have access to the data under the Homeland Security umbrella.