ATC, DME, TCAS Suppression Line

4 years 5 months ago - 5 months 2 weeks ago #612 by Mark
Honeywell TPA-100 TCAS Processor with "Suppression Line" fault. The TCAS system test failed.

ATC Transponders, DME Interrogators, and the TCAS processor all use 1030MHz and 1090MHz as operating frequencies. A suppression line (co-ax) is connected between all the units. While one unit is in active transmission/reception, it basically tells the others to "shut up" until I'm done. A broken or disconnected suppression line allows for multiple unit operations at the same time. Failures can be possible in any of the associated systems (ATC/TCAS and both DME's).

On this particular aircraft, the TCAS suppression line did not have continuity to the other units.

There were two co-ax "T" fittings and a single co-ax junction used to connect the units.

After the aft E&E wall was pulled down........ the TCAS suppression co-ax was plugged into a "unused" bulkhead connector. After the connector was placed on the "correct" junction..... the TCAS system tested correctly. ( The aircraft had recently completed an ADSB modification.)

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Last edit: 5 months 2 weeks ago by Mark.

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