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LORAN STATION OCEAN CAPE
59 30 38.97 N - 139 46 32.97 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Pictures

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:

June 5 19, 1950

Construction Date

1950

Constructed by:

 

Established:

2 MAY 1951
11 FEB 1952 station commissioned

Disestablished:

JAN 1978

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

GULF OF ALASKA

Station Letter designation:

1L6, Y
1L7, Y

Station code name:

 

Station Unit/Accounting No:

1951: 17-350590

Radio Call Sign:

NMJ-19

Station aka:

 Yakutat

On-air testing date:

01 MAR 1952

Operational date:

11 MAR 1952

Operations Ceased:

31 DEC 1979

Station Operation:

Double MASTER (DM)

Station pair:

1L2, 1L6 BIORKA
1L3, 1L7 - SPRUCE CAPE

Loran Rate:

1L2, 1L3, 1L6, 1L7

On-Air:

1L2 11 MAR 1952
1L3 11 MAR 1952
1L6 MAY 1961
1L7 MAY 1961

Off-Air

1L2 MAY 1961 Change of rate
1L3 - MAY 1961 Change of rate
1L6 312400Z DEC 1979 Loran A phased out
1L7 - 312400Z DEC 1979 Loran A phased out

Monitor Rate:

 

Equipment:

 

Transmission Antenna: 1964 - Replaced

Personnel Allowance:

Jan 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET2, 3 ET3, CS1, HM1, EN1, EN2, DC2, FN, SN
1955 1 Officer & 12 enlisted

Station Mascot: 1976 Skipper Dog; Yakutat

Miscellaneous:

1952 - The site consisted of 520 acres which the Coast Guard used via permit from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
24 MAY 1960 - Station evacuated as a precautionary measure because of unusual tidal wave activity.

1979 - The Coast Guard disestablished this site and cancelled the permit with U. S. Forest Service (USFS).

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

1st CO: LT Thomas C Pennock 1951 – 19 JUN 1952
2nd CO: LTJG/LT Wade H Carruth 19 JUN 1952 – 28 MAY 1953
3rd CO: LTJG James S. Gracey 28 MAY 1953 – 22 MAY 1954
4th CO: LTJG Richard M Thomas 22 MAY 1954 – 17 MAY 1955
5th CO: LTJG Frank L Ryman 17 MAY1955 – 27 MAY 1957
6th CO: LTJG James R Sullivan 27 MAY 1957 – 26 MAY 1958
7th CO: LTJG Francis D Forbes 26 MAY 1958 – 10 MAY 1959
8th CO: LTJG Frank L Ryman 10 MAY 1959 – 22 MAY 1961
9th CO: LTJG John C Ikens 22 MAY 1961 – 1 JUN 1962
10th CO: LTJG Robert M Wood 1 JUN 1962 – 25 MAY 1963
11th CO: LTJG David H Freese 25 MAY 1963 – 29 APR 1964
12th CO: LTJG William A Day 29 APR 1964 – 1965
13th CO: LTJG F A Kelley 1965 - 1966

14th CO: LTJG  Tom McGrath 1966 – JAN 1967
15th CO: LTJG Gerald Gelfand JAN 1967 – 1968
16th CO: LTJG J D Cheney 1968 - 1969
17th CO: LTJG Ira Stolzenberg APR 1970 - DEC 1970
18th CO: LTJG Anderson DEC 1970 – 1971
19th CO: LTJG J Moon 1971 - 1972

20th CO: LTJG Barry Benson 1972 - MAR 1973
21st CO: LTJG Donald Wetters MAR 1973 - APR 1974
22nd CO: LTJG Philip T  Bird  APR 1974 - APR 1975
23rd CO: LTJG Thomas A FitzGerald APR 1975 - JUN 1976

24th CO: LTJG Jonathan Prince JUN 1976 – APR 1977
25th CO: LTJG James J Hanks APR 1977 - 1979
Last CO: LTJG David Hildebrand  1979 - 1980

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  Old  New

Documents:

21 APR 1950 - Construction Funding - (pdf)
5 - 19 JUN 1950 LORAN Station Site Survey Yakutat
(pdf)
16 JUN 1950 - Site Survey message from District to COMDT (pdf)
30 JAN 1961 - Army Communications System to Broadcast Weather (pdf)
30 JAN 1961 - Senator Inquiry for LORAN station to Broastcast Weather (pdf)
06 FEB 1961 - COMDT Broadcasts of Marine Weather Information from Loran Stations (pdf)
02 MAR 1961 - D17 to COMDT Radio Broadcast of Weather Information from Ocean Cape Loran Station, comment concerns (pdf)
27 MAR 1961 - Report-of-Inter-Division-Broadcast-of-Weather-by-CG-Facilities (pdf)

Pictures  Click on picture for larger image

Loran Station Ocean Cape

Picture from google earth.

The following photos provided by Ken Cochran

Station Sign

Station Generators

Station Transmitting antenna in foreground

Entrance Road

Thanks Ken!

The below station was contributed by Don Wetters c./73-74
(former CO)

Thanks Don!

 

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