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LORAN STATION SYLT

54 48.5 N 08 17.7 E (Oct. 1, 1964)
54 48 35.5 N 08 17 32.5 E(German Navigational Charts 1967)
54 48 29.800 N 08 17 36.330 E (WGS-72)
54 48 29.975 N 08 17 36.856 E (WGS-84)

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey: Fall 1961: final site selected
15 NOV 1961 - 01 DEC 1961
Construction Date NOV 1961: planning complete
15 JAN 1962: Construction started
Constructed by: Hammers and Peters

Established: NOV 1962
03 DEC 1962: Commissioned
Disestablished: 30 JUN 1989: USCG
2006: European
Operated by: USCG 03 DEC 1962 - 31 DEC 1994
GERMANY 01 JAN 1995 - 2006
Chain: 7970 - NORWEGIAN SEA
6731 - LESSAY
7499 - SYLT
Station Letter designation: SL-0; SL-3; 7970; "W"
8940 "X"
Station code name: DART 2

Station Unit Number: APO 170
96-40220
Station AKA: WESTERLAND
Sylt Transmitting Facility

Radio Call Sign:

DML
On-air testing date: DEC 1962

Declared Operational date: 07 FEB 1963

Operations Ceased: 2006

Station Operation: 07 FEB 1963 - JUN 1985 Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
JUN 1985 - 31 DEC 1994 Double SECONDARY (DS)
01 JAN 1995 - 2006 Single SECONDARY (SS)
Station pair: SL-0: BO; EJDE; JAN MAYEN; SANDUR
SL-3: BO; EJDE; JAN MAYEN; SANDUR
7970: BO; EJDE; JAN MAYEN; SANDUR
8940: CATANZARO; LESSAY; SOUSTONS
Loran Rate: SL-0; SL-3; 7970; 8940
On-Air:

SL-0: 07 FEB 1963
SL-3: 1966
7970: 25 FEB 1975
8940: 01 JAN 1995

Off-Air SL-0: 1966 Change of Rate
SL-3: 25 FEB 1975 Change of Rate
7970: 31 DEC 1994 U.S. LORAN-C involvement terminated
8940: 2006
Monitor Rate:

Equipment: NOV 1962: AN/FPN 41/42 Equipment installed SN: 25 & 26 (modified); 425Kw
1963: AN/URT-17 (2) Comms Transmitters
1975: AN/FPN-54 SN: 82 & 83; AN/FPN-42 300Kw
Antenna: 1962 - 2006: 625ft TLM Wind Turbine Model 6000s
Personnel Allowance: 1962: 1 officer, 7 enlisted

Station Mascot: 1968: Sieger
Miscellaneous: Difficulties were encounter for the site seletion from June 1960 until late 1961.
29 MAR 1962: Site survey declassified - Secret/Confidential
11 JUN 1963: Bundespost turned over the station to the USCG
OCT 1963: Diesel generators installed
041100 AUG 1965: Station renamed USCG LTS SYLT (previous known as Sylt Transmitting Facility)
1967: Construction of a new barracks
30 JUN 1989: Station transferred to Federal Republic of Germany
31 DEC 1994: U.S. terminated LORAN-C operations
Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st CO: LTJG William Flanders 05 JUL 1962
CO: LTJG Philip J Kies 1965 - 1967
CO: LTJG William (Bill) A. Swanburg 1967 - SEP 1970
CO: LTJG C. J. Miotke SEP 1970 - JUL 1972
CO: LTJG Charles S. Park JUL 1972 - 1974
CO: LTJG Scotty Hathaway 1974 - 1976
CO: LTJG Peter DeBoer 1979 - JUL 1981
CO: LTJG Cornelius JUL 1981 - 1983
CO: LTJG Edward Thiedeman 1985 - 1987
Last CO: LTJG Scott Evans 1987 - 30 JUN 1989

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Documents:

1962 - 1994 - Transfer of Land Correspondence - pdf

22 JAN 1962 - LORAN-C Briefing (Sylt and Estartit) - pdf

30 JAN 1962 - White House Brief LORAN-C Radio Interference (Sylt and Estartit) - pdf

12 APR 1962 - Information Requested on LORAN-C - pdf

01 AUG 1962 - White House Brief (Iwo; Estartit; Sylt) - pdf

13 SEP 1962 - Memorandum of Understanding - pdf

26 SEP 1962 - White House Brief (Sylt, Estartit) - pdf

14 DEC 1962 - Blink Procedure for Northern Europe Whiskey leg - pdf

1966 - Railroad Crossing Agreement Correspondence - pdf

1967 - General Information Book - pdf

20 MAR 1989 - Transfer Station Operating and Maintenance to Federal Republic of Germany Agreement - pdf

NOV 1993 - Board of Survey - pdf

03 NOV 1994 - Operating Facility Change Order 95-011 - pdf

21 DEC 1994 - German Tower Inspection Report - pdf

 

Pictures: Click on picture for larger image

Picture from Google Earth

Station from top of the tower
Photo provided by Carl Burkhart

Thanks Carl!

1968 Christmas/Season Greetings Card
Contributed by Larry Sheran

Thanks Larry!

Larry Nelson contributed photo below

1970 Change of Command

Thanks Larry!

1970 Christmas/Season Greetings Card
Contributed by Dennis Best

Thanks Dennis!

The below photos were contributed by Scott Evans (Last CO)

1987 Change of Command
LT Thiedeman is relieved by LT Scott Evans

Decommissioning Ceremony
30 JUNE 1989

Local Traditional Folk Dancers

Thanks Scott!