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Troposcatter Martina Franca

Last modified: 09 Dec 2019, submitted by: Joker

Country: Italy   

Latitude: 40° 40' 28" N     Longitude: 17° 15' 52" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Martina Franca (former site 7 Alpha) troposcatter commolink in the MEDiterranean COMmunications system (MEDCOM).
The site was connected with Monte Vergine in the west and with Levkas (Greece) in the south east. The Italian part of the USAF 486L was activated at Martina Franca, in 1966. The whole system, spanning the Mediterranean from Spain to the Near East, was a 100-site network with sites in Spain, Sardenia, Sicily, Italy, Greece, Crete and Turkey.

Q: What was MEDCOM
A: This was a USAF comms system using giant TROPOSCATTER, LINE OF SIGHT (LOS) and MICROWAVE (MW) antennas, as well as Landlines, Repeaters and Multiplexers. to transmit voice, teletype, facsimile and data messages. MEDCOMs prime contractor for this system was Federal Electric Corp.

Q: What was the chain of command
A: 2189th Comms Sq at Camp Darby and 2187th CS at Aviano Airbase (merging into 2187th in 1970) with 20 Operating Locations (OL's)

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