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LORAN STATION DANA

39 51 07.540 N 87 29 12.140 W
39 51 07.658 N 087 29 11.586 W (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:  

Construction Date SEP 1966
SEP 1978 - Renovation of CG Housing
04 MAY 1995 - Building Rehab completed

Constructed by:  

Established: 030800Z JAN 1967 – Commissioned as a HQs Unit

Disestablished: 01 JUN 2010

Operated by: USCG

Chain: U.S EAST COAST 1967 – SEP 1978
GREAT LAKES 31 MAR 1980 – 08 FEB 2010
U.S. NORTHEAST COAST 6 MAY 1979 - 08 FEB 2010

Station Letter designation: SS-0, SS-7, 9930 “Z”
8970 “M”
9960 “Z”

Station code name:  

Station Unit Number: 1967 - 98-40135 as Headquarters Unit
02-40135 as a Second Coast Guard District Unit
08-40135 as an Eight Coast Guard District Unit

Radio Call Sign:  

Station aka:  
On-air testing date: SS-0, 1966
8970, FEB 1980

Operational date: 03 JAN 1967

Operations Ceased: 8970 - 08 FEB 2010
9960 - 08 FEB 2010

Station Operation: SS-0, SS-7, 9930, 9960 SLAVE/SECONDARY
8970, MASTER

Station pair: SS-0, CAROLINA BEACH, CAPE RACE, JUPITER INLET, NANTUCKET
SS-7, CAROLINA BEACH, CAPE RACE, JUPITER INLET, NANTUCKET, WILDWOOD"T"
9930, CAROLINA BEACH, CAPE RACE, JUPITER INLET, MALONE, NANTUCKET, WILDWOOD"T"
8970, BAUDETTE, BOISE CITY(25 DEC 1990), MALONE, SENECA
9960, CAROLINA BEACH, CARIBOU, NANTUCKET, SENECA, WILDWOOD"T"

Loran Rate: SS-0, SS-7, 9930, 8970, 9960

On-Air: SS-0, 03 JAN 1967
SS-7, 06 JAN 1969
9930, 25 FEB 1975
9960, 6 MAY 1979
8970, 31 MAR 1980
 
Off-Air SS-0, 06 JAN 1969 Change of rate
SS-7, 25 FEB 1975 Change of rate
9930, 9 SEP 1978 Change of rate
9960 2000Z 08 FEB 2010
8970M - 082000Z FEB 2010 - TERMINATION U.S. LORAN C OPS
9960Z - 082000Z FEB 2010 - TERMINATION U.S. LORAN C OPS

Monitor Rate:  

Equipment: 1966 - AN/FPN-44, 400KW
07 NOV 1973 - LRE Preliminary Planning
14 NOV 1973 - AN/FPN-54, LRE Installation
21-24 JAN 1981 - Major Transmitter Feedback modification completed.
2005 - AN/FPN-64 Solid State Installation 400KW

Antenna Type: 625ft TLM – Stainless Inc, Model 1692, 1967

Personnel Allowance: 1967 - Original crew 70% USCG remaining U.S. Air Force
Miscellaneous: 24 APR 1987 - X-RAY measurements taken
19 JUL 1994 - Recommended unit personnel be placed under ionizing radiation requirement due to exposure to X-ray particles on a daily basis. (Inspection by Millon Rose)

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
CO: LTJG John F Hughes 1972 - 1974
CO: CWO Glenn Patterson 1974 - 21 MAR 1975
CO: CWO William L Dibble 21 MAR 1975 - 29 JUN 1979
CO: CWO Albert J Klapetzky 29 JUN 1979 - 24 APR 1981
CO: CWO David Gay 24 APR 1981 - 16 JUL 1984
CO: CWO Wilson G Hamilton 16 JUL 1984 - SEP 1986

1st OINC: ETC Raymond M. Thomas SEP 1986 – 16 JAN 1987
2nd OINC: ETC Steven R Beattie 16 JAN 1987 - 01 DEC 1989
3rd OINC: ETC Daniel L Ball 01 DEC 1989 - 26 JUN 1992
4th OINC: ETCS Jeffrey W Hall 26 JUN 1992 - 01 JUL 1996
5th OINC: ETC Paul O Reeves 01 JUL 1996 - 1999
6th OINC: ETC Brian D Wills 1999 - 2002
7th OINC: ETC Mark O'Heir 2002-02 JUN 2006
Last OINC: ETC Kenneth J McKinley 02 JUN 2006 – 01 JUN 2010

AWARDS:

CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation

08 AUG 1978 - USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation for 1977 Operational Performance

 01 JUL 1996 - USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation

Documents:

19 OCT 1966 - Mid-West Personnel Requirements
08 NOV 1966 - Operating Plan Change Order
03 JAN 1967 - Station Commission Msg to HQs

Pictures;

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Loran Station Dana

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Dana - Ice Loading on the tower

The story goes, Dana was going off air intermittently.  When the technicians got out of their vehicle at the transmitter building, they heard a creaking sound.  They approached the source of the sound, the tower.  They looked inside the antenna fence fence and noticed the tower twisting on the base, so much that the "johnny balls" on the isolation transformer were close enough to draw a big arc, knocking the station off air.  They looked up the tower, saw this, and vacated the area.
--- as told to ETC Joe Jester by ET1 Charles Schaaf.

Last crew at Loran Station Dana
The final crew:
ETC Ken McKinley (OINC); ET2 Brian Wise; ET1 Edward Dunlap; MK2 Michael O'Conner; ET3 Andrew Montgomery

The below photos were contributed by Jay Flynn c./1986

Lorsta Dana Entrance Sign

625 foot tower at Dana

Thanks Jay!

The below Photos were contributed by Ken McKinley

Change of Command 02 JUN 2006 ETC Mark O'Heir relieved by ETC Ken McKinley

Change of Command Dana

L to R: ETC Mark O'Heir, ETC Ken McKinley, ET1 Edward Dunlap

Chief McKinley relieves Chieff O'Heir as Officer in Charge

Change of Command Official Party Departs

Change of Command Personnel Inspection

Tower Lighting Modification Apr 1977

Before Modification

625 Foot Tower Base Lorsta Dana

Another view of the tower base at Dana

A view of the lighting transformer and johnny balls at Dana

Another view of the second lighting transformer at Dana

A view of the coupler feed to the tower at Dana

A closeup of the defective tower lighting transformer at Dana

During the modification

Working on the johnny balls at Dana

New tower lighting transformer at Dana ready for operations

Another view of the new tower lighting transformer at Dana

Final Adjustments on the new transformer and johnny balls

Checking the lighting transformer installation

another view of the tower work at Dana

Another view of the tower work at Dana

After the modification

View of the tower base after all modifications at Dana

Another view after the modifications at Dana

The photo below was contributed by James Flynn

Dana's 625 foot tower

Thanks Jim!