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9. AFS Cape Yakataga

Last modified: 24 Apr 2022, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Alaska

Latitude: 60° 4' 9" N     Longitude: -143° 34' 8" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Cape Yakataga (callsign CYT) was the first and most southern Alaskan USAF site in the White Alice Communications (WACS) chain.
The name White ALICE was chosen as WHITE indicated he snowy Arctic sites that the system would serve and ALICEe was an acronym for ALaska Integrated Communications Enterprise. 71 systems were installed throughout Alaska

WACS was a USAF telecommunication link system constructed in Alaska during the cold war featuring tropospheric scatter links and line-of-sight microwave radio links. It was characterized by large parabolic, tropospheric scatter antennas and also contained systems similar to standard microwave radio relays. WACS connected remote Air Force sites in Alaska, such as Aircraft Control and Warning (AC&W), Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line) and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), to command and control facilities. In 1976, WACS was leased to RCA Alascom when most of the system was used for military purposes was deactivated.

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