1.9.1 Function Selector Switch
The function selector is a five position rotary switch. The five positions
||Turns OFF all power to the transponder.
||Turns the transponder power supply ON and
applies power to the transmitter filament. When in SBY, the transponder
will not reply to any interrogation.
SBY is used at the request of the air traffic controller to selectivity
clear his scope of traffic. The SBY mode not only prevents the transponder
from replying to interrogations, but also permits the transponder to
activate the ON and ALT modes instantly.
||Places the transponder in Mode A, the aircraft
identification mode. In addition to the aircraft's identification code,
the transponder will also reply to altitude interrogations (Mode-C) with
descreet signals that do not contain altitude information.
||The ALT position activates all the necessary
circuitry (transponder to optional altitude digitizer and return) to
respond to ATC (Air Traffic Control) altitude interrogations and aircraft
identification interrogations with standard pressure altitude (29.92
The ALT position may be used in aircraft that are not equipped with the
optional altitude digitizer, however, the only response will be descreet
signals that do not contain altitude information.
||Turning the switch to the TST position injects
a test signal into the transponder. This test signal tests all transponder
circuitry involved in a Mode A reply and causes the IDENT/DIM button to
come on at full brilliance. This full brilliance indicates that
transponder has the capability of receiving and responding to
interrogations. The TST function may be activated at anytime, as it does
not interfere with normal operation.
The TST position is spring loaded and must be held in position during
the test process. Upon release, it will automatically return to the ALT
When the aircraft comes within range of a ground station, the IDENT/DIM
button will blink ON and OFF. Momentarily depressing the IDENT/DIM button will
activate the SPIP (Special Position Identification Pulse) signal for
approximately 20 seconds. This signal will "paint" an instantly
identifiable image on the controllers scope. This signal must only be used upon
request of a "Squawk IDENT" from the controller. Use at any other time
could interfere with another aircraft sending a SPIP. During "IDENT"
periods, the IDENT/DIM button will glow constantly.
Rotating the IDENT/DIM button will control the intensity at which the button
1.9.3 Code Selector
The CODE SELECTOR consists of four eight position switches that provide 4096
active identification codes. The identification code is selected by the