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LORAN STATION HOKKAIDO

42 44.6N - 143 43.1E (Oct 1, 1964)
42 44 37.000 N 143 43 09.060 E (WGS-72)
42 44 37.217 N 143 43 09.799 E (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey: JAN 1962

Construction Date Summer 1962 - Construction commenced

Constructed by:

Established: 9 APR 1963 Commissioning ceremony

Disestablished: OCT 1993 - Transfer to Japan

Operated by: USCG

Chain: 9970 - NORTHWEST PACIFIC
5970 - EAST ASIAN

Station Letter designation: SS-3, 9970, 7930 – “X”
5970 - "W"

Station code name: WING I 

Station Unit No./OPFAC: 14-40176

Radio Call Sign:

Station AKA: Tokachibuto

On-air testing date: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
SS-3 – 25 JUL 1963
SS-0 – 17 MAR 1964

SS-3 – 21 DEC 1964 EAST ASIAN

Operational date: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
21 JAN 1964 

Operations Ceased: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
30 SEP 1993

Station Operation: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
Double SECONDARY

Station pair: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
SS-0, SS-3, 9970 GESASHI, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP, BARRIGADA

EAST ASIAN
5970 POHANG, KWANG, GESASHI

Loran Rate: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
SS-3, 9970, 7930

EAST ASIAN
5970

On-Air: NORTHWEST PACIFIC
SS-3 - 21 JAN 1964
SS-0 – 25 MAY 1964
SS-3 – 1 JAN 1965
9970 – 25 FEB 1975
7930 – 210300Z FEB 1981
9970 – 310700Z MAR 1981

EAST ASIAN
5970 -

Off-Air NORTHWEST PACIFIC
SS-3 - JAN 1964 SS-0 – MAR 1964 IWO & YAP Off Air – Tower Failures
SS-3 – 21 DEC 1964 IWO & YAP On-Air
SS-3 – 25 FEB 1975 Change of Rate
9970 – 210300Z FEB 1981 IWO Off-Air Tower Maintenance
7930 – 310300Z MAR 1981 IWO On-Air
9970 – 30 SEP 1993 U.S. LORAN C overseas operations terminated

EAST ASIAN
5970

Monitor Rate:

Equipment: AN/FPN-46/44, 625ft Tower, 400Kw
1968 Clarinet Pilgrim installed
AN/FPN-45 600KW

Antenna Type: 625ft TLM – Wind Turbine, Model 6000s, 1963
Hokkaido Tower being dropped

Personnel Allowance:

Mascots 1971 - Cho Cho and Lady

Miscellaneous: 13 AUG 1962 Site Survey Report declassified

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st CO: LT Robert Casper 1963 - 1964
2nd CO: LT Richard A Applebaum 1964 - 1965
CO: LT Frank T Gallo 1968
CO: LTJG A Tingquist 1971- ?
CO: LT Thomas P Dolan 1974 - 1975
CO: LTJG Patrick Shuck 1975 - 8 APR 1976
CO: LTJG Ronald R Borison 8 APR 1976 – 5 APR 1977
CO: LTJG Jacobs 1979 - 1980
CO: LTJG Paul Butler 1984 - 1985
CO: LTJG Frank McNiff 1985 - 1986
CO: LTJG David Cinali 1986 - 1987
CO: LTJG Robert S Walters 1987 - 1988
CO: LTJG George F Young APR 1989 - APR 1990
CO: LTJG Joe J Losciuto APR 1990 - 1991
CO: LTJG Vogelbacher 1991
Last CO: Hung Q Tran ? - JUL 1993

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:

OLD  NEW

Pictures

Loran Station Hokkaido

Picture from google earth

Loran Station Hokkaido

c./1970's

The photos below were contributed by Beuferd Fletcher c./1989-90

Hokkaido circa 1989

Station Oct 1989

Hokkaido Tower

Station Tower

CWO Glensner

Anthony Patrick Glesner - STO 1988 - 1989 - Deceased

Timer room

Timer Room - ET3 Ligon

CO and future wife

CO Frank Young and future wife Kumiko

Chris Lumpkin circa 1990

DC2 Chris Lumpkin - 1990

Coasties and guest

ELC3 Fletcher - Kimiko Abe - ET1 Ken Naine

downtown

MK1 Mike Bartholet - EM1 Raphael Mack - DC2 Chris Lumpkin

downtown

SA Steve Gordon

Interpeter

Mr. Oba - Intreperteur 1990

station cook

Shishi Hiromichi - Station cook - Deceased
Mr Hiromichi was aboard since the construction of the station

friend of the unit

Kenoshita - station friend

reservoir

Reservoir

Thank You Beuferd!

Baughman with station dogs circa 1971

Mike Baughman with station mascots Cho Cho and Lady (German Shepred) c./1971

Thanks Mike!

The below photos were contributed by Ray Chesley c./1971-72

station sign

Station Sign

Ray with station dogs

Ray with the station mascots Cho-Cho and Lady

Ray on motorcycle

Ray on the bike

Ray on motorcycle

Ray on the bike

Ray's room

Ray's Room

short timer board

Short Timer's Board

crew

The boy's Ray second from left, Doc (Stooping to left), EN3 Jean Louis Dehoux "Frenchy" (Second from right)

the zoo

The Zoo

water treatment plant

The Water Treatment Plant

Thanks Ray!

The below were contributed by Myron Hale (CWO) c./1972-73

CWO and Chief Engineman

CWO Myron Hale and Chief Engineman

Personnel Inspection circa 1973

Personnel Inspection 1973

Station View

The station

Thanks Myron!

1966-1967 Patch

Station Patch 66-67

1976 Patch

Station Patch 1976
Found on Fred's Place

The photo below was contributed by Dave McDermott

station view circa 1978-1980

c./1978 - 1980

Thanks Dave!

The below photos were contributed by Jeff Howard c./1975-76

view from the tower

 

station view

 

view from tower

 

looking up the tower

 

road to town from the tower

 

station view

 

station view

 

station in the distant

 

looking down from the tower

 

looking south from the tower

 

looking north from the tower

 

looking down the tower

 

view of station

 

view of the station

 

view of the station

 

view of station

 

Thanks Jeff!

The below photos were contributed by Dave Masinter c./1976

CO 1978-76 as a Commander

LTJG Pat Shuck (CO from 1975 - 1976) retired from the CG as a Commander

CO 1973-1974 Today

LTJG Pat Shuck today (4-2013)

panoramic view

LORSTA Panorama View

station view from helipad

From the helipad overlooking the admin/barrack bldg to the timer/engineering bldg. to the xmtr bldg, and the Sea of Japan in the distance

living quarters

Desk, 8 track tapes, and CG coat with station patch in livings quarters

Electronic Technicians

ET's Robideaux and Nixon

two seaman

Seaman Pewitt and Huth

ET3 Nixon

ET3 Nixon

ETC Quintas saying goodbye to Red

ETC Quintas saying good by to Red

349cc Minicar

349cc Minica

winter view from Admin and Barracks

Winter from the Admin/Barracks bldg to the Timer/Engineering bldg and transmitter bldg beyond.

mail run

SN Huth getting the mail

fuel farm

Fuel tanks in winter

view of transmitter building from the admin building

Looking from the galley on the west side of the admin/barracks bldg south, past the timer/engineering bldg to the transmitter bldg and the Sea of Japan beyond.

winter time pictures from the front door of the admin building

Winter pictures from the front door of the admin/barracks bldg

timer building

Looking from the parking lot of the admin/barracks bldg, across the basketball court to the timer/engineering bldg and the transmitter bldg beyond

baseball MK3 Arnold at bat

Playing baseball against the Japanese - MK3 Jerry Arnold at bat

baseball MK2 Mogford on the mound

MK2 Mogford on the mound

crew and guests on the sidelines

On the sidelines

crew relaxing on sidelines

On the sidelines

Doc playing ping pong

Doc playing ping pong against Todd Johnston

ET3 Dave Masinter circa 1976

ET3 Dave Masinter Jan 6th, 1976

All the flags

The stations flags - USCG, Japan National, 76" bi-centennial, U.S. National

shipmates

Curtis Brewton & Riley Fairchild

Thanks Dave!

Station Hat
Contributed by Don Perillo

station hat

Thanks Don!