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LORAN STATION ESTARTIT

42 03.6N - 03 12.3E (Oct 1, 1964)
42 03 36.490 N 03 12 15.900 E (WGS-72)
42 03 36.629 N 03 12 16.066 E (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: 28 JUL - 1 AUG 1959 

Construction Date MAR - SEP 1961 

Constructed by:  

Established: AUG 1961
Disestablished: JAN 1995 

Operated by: USCG 

Chain: MEDSEA 

Station Letter designation: “Z” 

Station code name: Chain Code Name: TACK
TACK 4B
DART I 

Station Unit No./OPFAC:  96-40110

Station nickname:  

On-air testing date: 01 AUG 1961
Operational date: OCT 1962 

Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1994 

Station Operation: “Z” SLAVE/SECONDARY 

Station pair: SL-4 - KARGABARUN, MATRATIN, SIMERI CRICHI
SL-1 - KARGABARUN, MATRATIN(67-70), SIMERI CRICHI, LAMPEDUSA (72-75)
7990 - KARGABARUN, SELLIA MARINA, LAMPEDUSA 

Loran Rate: SL-4, SL-1, 7990 

On-Air: SL-4, OCT 1962
SL-1, 1967
7990, 25 FEB 1975 

Off-Air SL-4, 1967
SL-1. 25 FEB 1975
7990, 312400Z DEC 1994 

Monitor Rate:  

Equipment: 1961 - AN/FPN-38/39, 240Kw
SEP 1974 - AN/FPN-54, LRE installed 200KW
1986 - AN/FPN-39 MOD 165KW 

Antenna Type: 625ft TLM – Stainless Inc, Model 1150R 

Personnel Allowance:  

Station Mascot 1968 - Murph
1987 – Blackie - Golfo 

Miscellaneous: 1957 A Decca site was located for 6 months nearby loran site
Station was first to be located at Hyeres, France (Tack 4A).
AMCOMLIB (VOA) in PALS being built during site survey - Closed in 2005
22 DEC 1960 Site Survey Report Alternate declassified
30 DEC 1960 Site Survey declassified – SECRET
AUG 1961 - OCT 1962 site used for testing skywave reception - awaiting approval to begin loran transmission - French had raised objections over the radio spectrum
31 DEC 1994 - US involvement of station operations ceased 

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
Construction Liaison Officer: LT Gerald Lesperance MAR 1961 - SEP 1961
1st CO: LT Richard Wight 1961 - MAR 1962
2nd CO- LTJG William N Schobert MAR 1962 - MAY 1963
3rd CO: LT Alan F Miller MAR 1963 - 1964
4th CO: LTJG J H Discenza 1964 - 1965
CO: LTJG David Robinette 1966 - 1967
CO: LTJG Charles G Hill 1967 - 1969
CO: LTJG James E Doyle 1969 - MAY 1971
CO- LTJG Robert M McAllister MAY 1971 - OCT 1973
CO- LTJG John T Orchard OCT 1973 - 1976
CO- LTJG David W Reed 1976 - 1978
CO- LTJG James Watson 1978 -1980
CO: LTJG Mark Cerasale 1980 - JUL 1982
CO: LTJG William Zack JUL 1982 - JUL 1984
CO: LTJG Robin Orr JUL 1984 - JUL 1986
CO: LTJG Brook Doty JUL 1986 - 1988
CO: LTJG Ed Peno 1988 - 1990
Last CO- LT Robert M Atadero JUN 1992 – FEB 1995 

15 DEC 1976 - 17 SEP 1977 Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:

OLD - NEW

Documents:

24 JAN 1962 - White House Brief - LORAN C Radio interference (Lorsta/France)
30 JAN 1962 - White House Brief - LORAN C Radio Interference (LORAN C/France)
01 AUG 1962 - White House Brief - LORAN C Implementation
26 SEP 1962 - White House Brief - LORAN C Frequency Problems in Europe
312024Z OCT 77 - State Department Coast Guard Commandant Visit to Spain - pdf

Station Information Book circa 1976 [pdf file] transcribed by MCPO Dietz.
My Coast Guard Memories, LorSta Estartit, Chapter 4 [pdf file] by Bob "Nik" Nahikian
NE Navigation Facility (LORAN Station) Estartit, Spain - Chapter 11 by Captain Richard Wight, USCG (ret) (pdf)
November 2009 trip to the station - pps

Pictures

Loran Station Estartit from Google Earth

Picture from google earth.

Aerial View of station

Photo contributed by Carl Burkhart

zippo lighter from station

station patch circa 1978

View from the tower

From the Tower - Photo provided by Carl Burkhart

The below was found on Fred's Place
Contributed by Larry Nelson

1964 Christmas Card

1964 Station Christmas Card

Contributed by Larry Sheran c./1967-68

station view from top of the tower

View of the station from top of tower c./1968

1968 Christmas Card

Station 1968 Christmas Card

Timer Room

Timer Room

View of town from the tower

View of town from Tower

View from tower looking over the cliff

From the tower over looking the cliff

View of station from top of the tower

Station view from top of tower

Shipmates in the barracks passageway

Crew members in the barracks hallway

Mess Deck

Mess desk

Mess deck

Mess deck

Larry Sheran next to a generator

Larry and one of the generators

In town at a local hangout

In town at one of the local hangouts

Thanks Larry!