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LORAN STATION POINT ARENA

Station Information

Site Survey:
 
Construction Date: MAY - JUN 1945: Mobile Detachment "G" Unit 404
1946: Permanent construction completed
05 JUN 1950: Four temporary family unit completion
1962: rehab of station including four family units
 
Constructed by: 1945: Mobile Detachment G
 
Established:

Commissioned:
05 JUN 1945: Mobile Unit 404
24 NOV 1946: Permanent station

Disestablished: 24 NOV 1946: Mobile Unit 404
03 MAR 1980
 
Operated by:

USCG

Project code name:



Unit Identifier:

CG Unit 404 - 1945 - 1946 Mobile
CG Unit 461 - 1946 - 1950 Permanent station
12-40129

Mail address: 1948: Unit 461, Box 114, Point Arena, Calif.
 
AKA:



HAM Call sign:

N/A

Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953: 13 Enlisted
1965: 13 Enlisted

Station Mascot:

Miscellaneous: JUN 1945: USCG (2H2) and USAAC (1H6/7) establisted loran chain coverage.

1946: land acquired

18 JUL 1946: Permanent station contruction completed. Rates 2H2/3 provided 24/7/365 coverage. 11th District distributed temporary charts for new system.

JUL 1981: property transferred to Mendocino Community College
Officer in Charge: 1946 - 1947 WO Fred Baines
1947 - 1948
1948 - 1949 ETC Roy Rogers
1949 - 1950
1950 - 1952
1952 - 1954
1954 - 1956
1956 - 1958 ETC Elver Huntly
1958 - 1960
1960 - 1962 ETC J. A. Westbo
1962 - 1964 ETC Bert Minner
1964 - 1966 ETC William F. Haygood
1966 - 1967
1967 - 1968 ETC Robert B. Swart (JUN - MAR)
1968 - 1969 ETC E. J. Weisner (MAR - DEC)
1969 - 1972 ETC Merritt E. Scott (DEC - JAN)
1972 - 1974 ETC William H. Acklen (JAN - FEB)
1974 - 1976
1976 - 1977 ETCS Robert A. Meyers
1977 - 1978
1978 - 1980 ETC Brain L. Sterling (Decomm OIC)

Station Operations

LORAN-A

38 55 44.1 N - 123 43 37.4 W (1948 Op Data Report)
38 55 44.20 N - 123 43 41.40 W (1960 Murcury Datum)

Chain: U.S. WEST COAST
 
Station Letter designation: "A"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Declared Operational date: 15 JUL 1945

Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1979
 
Station Operation: Double MASTER (DM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Pt. ARENA (M) - Pt. ARGUELLO (S)
2H2/1H5
1000us
Approx. 300 Nautical miles

Pt. ARENA (S) - CAPE BLANCO (M)
2H3/1H6
1000us
Approx. 237 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: JUN 1945
 
On-Air: 2H2; 15 JUL 1945
2H3; 15 JUL 1945
1H5; 1970
1H6; 1970
 
Off-Air: 2H2; 1970 Rate change
2H3; 1970 Rate change
1H5; 312400Z DEC 1979 Service termination
1H6; 312400Z DEC 1979 Service termination

 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitor
 
Equipment: JUN 1945 - 24 NOV 1946 Mobile Unit 404
 
Antenna: 1948 - 1979 300ft Wind Turbine*
* Tower demolished JAN 1980
 

Documents:

18 FEB 1946 Land acquisition correspondence - pdf

01 NOV 1946 Transfer of Operations from Mobile unit to permanent operations buildings - pdf

24 NOV 1948 Operations Data Report - pdf

Pictures:

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Ray Hale 1968 photo collection

Ed Scott 1970-72 photo collection

 

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