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LORAN STATION NIIGATA
37 54 41.13 N - 139 00 24.37 E

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Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

 

Construction Date

1951

Constructed by:

 

Established:

JAN 1952

Disestablished:

MAR 1997

Operated by:

USCG: 03 JAN 1952 1 JUL1964
JAPAN: 1 JUL 1964 10 MAR 1997

Chain:

JAPANESE WEST COAST

Station Letter designation:

2S3, C
2S4,  C

Station AKA:

ELMO 2

Station Unit Number:

1961 - APO 323

Radio Call Sign:

KA2 AMRS - Motobayashi.net

Station aka:

ELMO 2

On-air testing date:

NOV 1951

Operational date:

2H0, 2H1 - 15 FEB 1952 US Armed Forces
2H0, 2H1 - 03 JAN 1953 Unlimited navigational service

Operations Ceased:

10 MAR 1997

Station Operation:

Double MASTER (DM)

Station pair:

2H0, 2S3 MATSUMAE
2H1, 2S4 MIHO BAY

Loran Rate:

2H0, 2H1, 2S3, 2S4

On-Air:

2H0 15 FEB 1952 US Armed Forces
2H0 03 JAN 1953
2S3 1 JUL 1964
2S4 1 JUL 1964

Off-Air

2H0 1 JUL 1964
2H1 1 JUL 1964 Change of Rate
2S3 10 MAR 1997 Loran A phased out
2S4 10 MAR 1997 Loran A phased out

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

 

Personnel Allowance:

1952 LTJG, ETC, ET1, 3 ET3, EN1, EN3, FN, 2 SN
JAN 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET1, 2 ET2, 4 ET3, EN1, EN2, FN., SN
<DEC 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET1, 3 ET3, EN1, EN3, FN, 2 SN

Mascot: 1958 - Blackie

Miscellaneous:

03 JAN 52 27 JUL 54 - Koran War Service Medal
MAR 1952 SYS CHECK Performed.
1 JUL 1964 Station transferred to Japanese operation
Currently is a park called LORAN Park

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

CO: LTJG Bob Platt 1955 - 1956
CO: LTJG Jim Grabb 1956 - 1957
CO: LTJG Jim Howard 1957 - MAY 1958
CO: LTJG Daniel B Charter MAY 1958  - JUN 1959
CO: LTJG Jim Granger JUN 1959 -
CO: LTJG Ron McClellan MAY 1960 - MAY 1961
CO: LTJG James Watt MAY 1961 - MAY 1962
CO: LTJG Bruce Skinner MAY 1962 - MAY 1963

 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  Old  New

Documentation:

Survey Report - (pdf)
Loran-A stations; Far East Section; Disestablishment and transfer of - (pdf)
19 JAN 1953 - D14 ltr adding LORSTA - (pdf)

 

Pictures - Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Niigata

Picture from google earth.

The below photos were contributed by Jim Grabb (CO, 1956)


Chief Webber and EN1 Scott


Chief Webber and Wray Stout

Thanks Jim!

The below photos were contributed by Dan Charter
(former CO 1958/59)

Dan Charter comments:
Hi Bill
I am probably unique.  I used the 2H0, 2H1 chain as a navigator.  I was on the CGC Matagorda (WAVP 373) and we manned Ocean Station Victor.  At the end of the first patrol of the double Victor we would come into Yukosuka.  The chain was usable within about five hundred miles of the coast of Japan.  On station we were beyond the ground wave and first hop sky wave but could pick up the second hop sky wave at night.  Since there were no tables for the second hop sky wave when I could get good star sights I would check the Loran readings and was able to build my own tables.  Since we stayed within a 10 mile square it was fairly easy to establish the correction factor for the second hop sky wave. The XO would not let me label it a fix but it made a great EP to backup my DR.  We were sometimes unable to get a celestial fix for a week or more and the EP proved very valuable and was surprisingly accurate.  That usage was one of the reasons I requested Niigata for a future tour.


 


LORAN Park c./2013


LORAN Park c./2013


Station sign
I did not like the government provided sign so I designed a bilingual one so the locals could read it.  I also wanted the flavor of Japan so Fujiyama (in my view one of, if not the most beautiful mountains in the world) was prominently displayed.


Toichiro Suzuki or as we called him, Johnniesan, our non government employee hired by the crew


The Senior ET


our Japanese cook, Mareyamasan, or as the crew called him, Papasan


The HMC


The mascot - Blackie - the rock chaser


We invited some students from the school that adjoined the property to a Thanksgiving Dinner. The teachers helped us serve.


They were fascinated by the jukebox.  They easily could have skipped the meal and spent the day watching the jukebox.


The fishermen on the adjoining property haul in their  catch.


The policemen assigned to the beat.  They came by regularly for coffee.


The XO at work
 

Thanks Dan!

 

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