Loran Equipment Banner

LORAN STATION CAPE SARICHEF

Station Information

Site Survey: 1947
 
Construction Date: 1948 - 1949

MAY - NOV 1955 - Main Building enlarged to accommodate the regular crew.
 
Constructed by: Drake PugetSound Co. under U.S. Navy contract NOY 13913*
*U.S. Navy Contract NOY 13913 was to construct all three loran stations. (Attu; Adak and Cape Sarichef)
 
Established:
Commissioned:
1949

Disestablished: 07 JUL 1979
 
Operated by:

USCG
Project code name:

 
Unit Identifier:

17-40197
Mail address: Cape Sarichef, AK 99502
 
AKA:

LTS UNIMAK ISLAND
HAM Call sign:

KL7CGA
Personnel Allowance: 1953 - 1 Officer; 15 Enlisted
1956 - 1 Officer; 14 Enlisted
1965 - 1 Officer; 21 Enlisted including Scotch Cap
1968 - 1 Officer; 21 Enlisted including Scotch Cap

Station Mascot: 1972 - Arnie

Miscellaneous: 24 APR 1952 – Name change from LTS UNIMAK ISLAND to LTS CAPE SARICHEF COMDT ltr 24 APR 1952

JUL 1955 - Mt. Shishaldin eruption

MAY 1957 - DEW line station construction started - in operation May 1959

DEC 1962 – C123 crash

MAR 1964 - Mt. Pogrammi eruption

24 MAR 1967 - CGC BARATARIA in the vicinity of the station had a boiler explosion. Read Marshall Brewton reflections.

OCT 1968 – CO Medical off island – ran off the cliff – XO of C-130 acting until arrival of new CO 2 weeks later.

15 OCT 1968 - BERING SEA SAM established - co-located with the Loran-A station.

Commanding Officers: 1948 - 1949 CRM P. Pyrzynski (Caretaker)
1949 - 1950 LTJG Lawrence O. Hamilton (JUN - ?)
1950 - 1951 LTJG Robert E. Walsh (? – 13 JUL)
1951 - 1952 LTJG Harold G. Weber (13 JUL – ?)
1952 - 1953 ENS J. A. Logan (19 DEC - 14 JAN Acting)
1953 - 1954 LTJG James A. Hadley (14 JAN – ?)
1954- 1955 LTJG Lawrence O. Hamilton (? – 1 MAY)
1955 - 1956 LTJG John D. Hosfield (1 MAY - JUN)
1956 - 1957 LTJG George K. Greiner (JUN – 22 MAY)
1957 - 1958 LTJG Henry J. Roehner (22 MAY – 24 MAY)
1958 - 1959 LTJG Joel R. Swanson (24 MAY – 22 MAY)
1959- 1960 LTJG Charles W. Faircloth (22 MAY – 28 MAY)
1960 - 1961 LTJG Ronald G. Malone (28 MAY – 22 MAY)
1961 - 1962 LTJG John E. Footit (22 MAY – 30 MAY)
1962 - 1963 LTJG Garret T. Bush (30 MAY – 28 MAY)
1963 - 1964 LTJG William T. Troutman (28 MAY – 30 MAY)
1964 - 1965 LTJG John L. Patterson (30 MAY - ?)
1965 - 1966 LTJG Houticour (? - MAY)
1966 - 1967 LTJG John N. Malsom (MAY – MAY)
1967 - 1968 LT Donald G. Campbell (MAY - NOV)
1968 - 1969 LTJG Peter Lawson (NOV – MAR)
1969 - 1970
1970 - 1971 LTJG Ira Stolzenberg (DEC – MAR)
1971 - 1972 LTJG Gerald L. Hale (MAR - ?)
1972 - 1973 LTJG James B. Friderici
1973 - 1974 LTJG Charles D. Wurster (? – 04 APR)
1974 - 1975 LTJG George R. McNiff (04 APR – APR)
1975- 1976 LTJG Robert F. Petko (APR - APR)
1976 - 1977 LTJG Steven D. Jorgensen (APR - ?)
1977 - 1978 LTJG Harold D. Lee
1978 - 1979 LTJG Thomas R. J. Vorholt 1978 - 1979 (Decomm CO)


Change of Command:

04 APR 1974 LTJG Wurster/LTJG McNiff - pdf

04 APR 1975 LTJG McNiff/LTJG Petko - pdf

Station Operations

LORAN-A

54 35 49.94 N - 164 55 32.73 W (1960 Mercury Datum)
54 35 53.68 N - 168 55 39.38 W (Google Earth)

Chain: ALEUTIAN
 
Station Letter designation: 1L3 "S"
 
Radio Call Sign: NRW - Station was D17 communications secondary radio station

Operational date: 22 JUN 1949
 
Operations Ceased: 302400Z JUN 1979
 
Station Operation: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
 

Station pair:
Loran Rate:
Coding Delay:
Baseline:

ADAK (DM) - CAPE SARICHEF (SS)
1L3/1L6
1000us
Approx. 515 Nautical miles
 

On-air testing date:


On-Air: 1L6 - 222200Z JUN 1949
1L3 - 101000Z JUL 1961
 
Off-Air 1L6 - 101000Z JUL 1961 - Change of Rate*
* Change of rate because Murder Pt. relocated to Casco Cove
1L3 - 302400Z JUN 1979 - Termination of service

Monitor Rate: 1L7 cross rate monitor
1968 - Loran-C Emergency Communications Alaskan Loran-C chain network
 
Equipment: 1949 - UE-1 Timers, TDP-1 Transmitters
1960's - AN/FPN-30, T-325C, AM-1700, AN/FPA-3B

Antenna Type:
1949 - "T"
1960's - 129ft Tower, AS-1088-TRN

Fred's Place's: OLD NEW

Reflections:

1967 - 68 Michael Brewton's - pdf

Awards:

CG Meritorious Unit Commendation

img

01 AUG 1978 - 07 JUL 1979

Documents:

28 JUN 1956 Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf

10 JUL 1956 History of Cape Sarichef - pdf

1961 - Transportation Issues to SCOTCH CAP - pdf

1964 News Release Mount Pogrommi Volcanic Eruption - pdf

1965 General Information Book - pdf

01 MAY 1968 General Information Book - pdf

24 MAY 1978 Notification of Penninsula Airways is a subcontractor - pdf

Pictures:

Coast Guard 1950 - 1966 Photos

Gene Wagner 1961-62 Photo collection

Bernie Holland 1966-67 Photo collection

Ray Hale 1966-67 Photo collection

Michael Brewton 1967 Photo collection

Pat Reischmann 1971-72 Photo collection

Rick Reynolds 1971-72 Photo collection

Bruce Gray 1976-77 Photo collection

Return to Home Page