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.