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Set 1:  Near FCT #2
Set 2:  Near FCT #3
Set 3:  Near FCT #6
Set 4:  Fort Miles
Set 5:  Near FCT #24

Current Status:

Set 1:  Footings remain
Set 2:  Footings remain
Set 3:  Footings remain
Set 4:  Footings remain
Set 5:  Unknown

Typical SCR-296A Radar Installation.  Source: Naval History Library Online

Description: Fixed Coast Artillery gun-laying medium wave radar, assigned to modern 6 inch or larger batteries.
Uses: Set is designed to track a surface target in range and azimuth. Data are sent to the plotting room and used in firing. An SCR-296-A normally is assigned to one battery, but may furnish data to more. Works with IFF RC-136-A.
Performance & Sitting: Range is shown on "A" scope. The target is tracked in azimuth with a pip matching oscilloscope or a zero-center meter. Range accuracy is about 30 yards while azimuth accuracy is about 0.20 degree under the best conditions. The set has a dependable range of 20,000 yards on a destroyer size target when employed at a height of 145 feet. Site should be not less than 100 feet above sea level; 150 to 500 feet is recommended.
Mobility: Shipment includes areas and separate generator. When crated the total weight is 91,763 lbs. Largest unit is 5,270 lbs.
Installation: SCR-296-A includes a tower, an operating building, and two power plant buildings. The tower is obtainable in heights of 25, 50, 75, and 100 feet. Concrete floors must be put in locally.
Personnel: Operating crew consists of 5 men in addition to a power plant operator and maintenance man who should be available at all times.
Power: Primary power of 2.3 KW is supplied by PE-84C -- commercial or auxiliary 110 V, AC single phase. Generator needs high octane gasoline.

Information from Naval History Library Online.

SCR-296A Battery Assignments (primary in bold)
Set 1 Battery Smith, Battery Herring, Battery 519, Battery Hunter
Set 2 Battery 519, Battery Hunter
Set 3 Battery Herring, Battery Hunter
Set 4 Battery Hunter, Battery Herring, Battery Smith, Battery 519, Battery 223 (Cape May)
Set 5 Battery 223, Battery Smith, Battery 519


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