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LORAN STATION ESTARTIT

Station Information

Site Survey: Summer 1959 Hyeres, France Tack 4A
28 JUL - 1 AUG 1959 Estartit Tack 4B
 
Construction Date: 01 FEB 1961 - 27 DEC 1961
 
Constructed by: Brown-Raymond-Walsh - American
There was a Spanish contractor also
 
Established:
Commissioned:
15 DEC 1961
JAN 1962

Decommissioned:
Transfer to G.O.S.
Disestablished:


31 DEC 1994
01 FEB 1995
06 JUN 1995
Operated by:


USCG
Station Project code name: TACK 4B

Unit Identifier:


96-40110
Mail address: 1967: APO, New York 09417
 
HAM Call sign:


N/A
Personnel Allowance:
1961: 1 Officer; 4 Chiefs; 20 Enlisted
1964: 1 Officer; 1 RELE; 19 Enlisted
1967: 1 Officer; 1 RELE; 19 Enlisted; 3 civilians
1976 - 1983: 2 Officers; 18 Enlisted; 4 civilians

Station Mascot: 1968 - Murph
1987 – Blackie - Golfo 
Miscellaneous: 1957: A Decca site was located for 6 months nearby loran site - on top of hill right before turning into the station

1959 - 2005: AMCOMLIB (VOA) in PALS

22 DEC 1960: Site Survey Report Alternate (Tack 4A) declassified

30 DEC 1960: Site Survey (Tack 4B) declassified

1961 - OCT 1962: site used for testing skywave reception - awaiting approval to begin loran transmission - multi-nations raised objections over the radio spectrum

23 NOV 1961: USCINCEUR reported harmful radio interference claimed by France

01 - 24 DEC 1961: MEDSEA Chain schedule for calibration test

02 DEC 1961: Calibration tests suspend until a resolution to the interference

17 - 19 JAN 1962: Test were conducted for 2 periods for 2 hours each per day

31 DEC 1994: U.S.C.G. terminated Loran-C service

Commanding Officers: Construction Liaison Officer: LT Gerald O. Lesperance MAR 1961 - SEP 1961
Construction Liaison Officer: LT Norman S. Morill SEP 1961 - 08 JAN 1962

Loran Transmitting Station
1961 - 1962 LT Richard H. Wight (20 APR - 30 APR)
1962 - 1963 LT William N. Schobert (30 APR - MAY)
1963 - 1964 LT Alan F. Miller (MAY - ?)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Joseph H. Discenza
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967 LTJG David W. Robinette
1967 - 1969 LTJG Charles G. Hill
1969 - 1971 LTJG James E. Doyle (? - MAY)
1971 - 1973 LTJG Robert M. McAllister (MAY - OCT)
1973 - 1976 LTJG John T. Orchard (OCT - ?)
1976 - 1978 LTJG David W. Reed
1978 - 1980 LTJG James R. Watson (? - JUN)
1980 - 1982 LTJG Mark W. Cerasale (JUN - JUL)
1982 - 1984 LTJG William L. Zack (JUL - JUL)
1984 - 1986 LTJG Robin C. Orr (JUL - JUL)
1986 - 1988 LTJG Brook Doty (JUL - ?)
1988 - 1990 LTJG Edward Peno
1990 - 1992
1992 - 1995 LT Robert M. Atadero (JUN – 01 FEB) (Decomm CO)

Station Operations

LORAN-C

42 03.6N - 03 12.3E (Oct 1, 1964)
42 03 36.490 N 03 12 15.900 E (WGS-72)
42 03 36.629 N 03 12 16.066 E (WGS-84)

Chain: MEDITERRANEAN SEA
 
Radio Call Sign:
AOB-50
 
Operational date:
Declared Operation:


OCT 1962
OCT 1962
Operations Ceased:

312400Z DEC 1994
 
Station Operation:


Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
Loran Rate:
Function:
Baseline:


SL-4; SL-1, 7990
"Z"
Approx. 647 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 12 OCT 1961
 
On-Air: SL-4: OCT 1962
SL-1: 1967
7990: 25 FEB 1975
 
Off-Air:

SL-4: 1967
SL-1: 25 FEB 1975 Changed identification of GRI
7990: 312400Z DEC 1994 USCG termination Loran-C service

Equipment: 1961 - AN/FPN-38/39, S/N 8 & 9, 240Kw
DEC 1969 - First preconstruction AN/FPN-54 Timer installed
SEP 1974 - AN/FPN-54 S/N 32 & 33, AN/FPN-60 S/N 6 LRE installed 200KW
1986 - AN/FPN-39 MOD 165KW 
Antenna Type: 625ft TLM – Stainless Inc, Model 1150R (MAY 1961 - 1995)
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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15 DEC 1976 - 17 SEP 1977

01 AUG 1993 - 31 DEC 1994

Documents:

08 JAN 1962 - Transfer of Construction to the Coast Guard - pdf

21 JAN 1964 - Review of Coast Guard Overseas Facilities - pdf

01 JUL 1967 - General Information Book - pdf

09 JUL 1976 - General Information Book - pdf

1983 - General Information Book -pdf

20 DEC 1993 Board of Survey - pdf

Memiors:

Richard Wight 1961 - 1962 (PCO/Commissioning Commanding Officer)

Bob Nahikian May 1973 - June 1975

Pictures:

Coast Guard photos

Larry Sheran 1967 photo collection

Vern Click 1973-74 photo collection

Bill Dietz 1978 photo collection

Bill Dietz 2009 visit

 

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c./1964
contributed by Larry Nelson

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c./1968
contributed by Larry Sheran

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