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LORAN STATION CAPE SAN BLAS

Station Information

Site Survey: 1950
 
Construction Date: 1950 - 1951
1969 Station rehab
 
Constructed by: U.S. Air Force
 
Established:
Commissioned:
1951 USAF
18 FEB 1955 USCG
Disestablished: JAN 1981
 
Operated by:

1951 - 18 FEB 1955 U.S. Air Force
18 FEB 1955 - 31 DEC 1980 U.S. Coast Guard
Project code name:

 
Unit Identifier:

1955 FEB 18: 08-350073
1967 APR 01: 08-40132

Mail address:
 
AKA:

 
HAM Call sign:

N/A
Personnel Allowance: 10 MAY 1951 - 18 FEB 1955 1 Officer; 24 Enlisted (USAF)
1955 - 1980 U.S. Coast Guard 12 Enlisted plus 4 for lighthouse duty
Station Mascot:

Miscellaneous: 1950 - U.S. Air Force constructed the chain for training of pilots and navigators for the Northern Canadian Arctic chain. May 10, 1951 the chain on air operation 24 hour service. August 30th declared operational.

1954 - The Arctic chain project was abandon. The U.S Air Force proposed to turn over the chain to the U.S. Coast Guard with funding until the 1957 budget.

18 FEB 1955 - U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the Gulf of Mexico chain.

1975 - Station evacuated due to hurricane forecast.
Commanding Officer:

Officer in Charge:
U.S. Air Force

U.S. Coast Guard
1955 - 1956
1956 - 1957
1957 - 1958
1958 - 1959 ETC W. G. Stepp
1959 - 1960
1960 - 1961
1961 - 1962
1962 - 1963
1963 - 1964
1964 - 1965
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967
1967 - 1970 ETC Perry W. Campbell
1970 - 1971
1971 - 1973 BMC Richardson
1973 - 1975 BMC Gerald R. King
1975 - 1977 BMC Berry (? - NOV)
1977 - 1979 ETC Curtis Bulter
1979 - 1981

Station Operations

LORAN-A

29 40 06.60 N - 85 21 28.11 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: GULF OF MEXICO
 
Station Letter designation: "A"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Operational:
Declared Operational date:
10 MAY 1951
30 AUG 1951
Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1980
 
Station Operation: Double MASTER (DM)
 
Station pair:
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CAPE SAN BLAS (M) - VENICE (S)
1LO; 2H0; 3H0
N/A
Approx. 299 Nautical miles

CAPE SAN BLAS (M) - BILOXI (S)
1L2; 2H1; 3H1
N/A
Approx. 188 Nautical miles

CAPE SAN BLAS (M) - GRAND ISLE (S)
3H1
N/A
Approx. 242 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 1951
 
On-Air: 1L0: 10 MAY 1951
1L2: 10 MAY 1951
2H0: 1952
2H1: 1952
3H0: 010001Z JUL 1963
3H1: 010001Z JUL 1963
3H1: 01 NOV 1968 (GRAND ISLE)
 
Off-Air: 1L0: 1952 Rate change
1L2: 1952 Rate change
2H0: 010001Z JUL 1963 Rate change
2H1: 010001Z JUL 1963 Rate change
3H0: 312400Z DEC 1980 Service terminated
3H1: 312400Z DEC 1980 Service terminated
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitor
 
Equipment: 1951: USAF Air Transportable
1952: UE-1b Timers;
1960/1: AN/FPN-30 timers; T-325 transmitters; AN/FPN-2; AN/FPN-3A
 
Antenna: 120ft tower
 

Awards:

Documents:

Pictures:

Various photos

Michael Landa 1971-72 photo collection

Steve Barnold 1977-78 photo collection