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LORAN STATION SITKINAK

Station Information

Site Survey: AUG 1959
Construction Date: 1960
 
Constructed by: American Service Inc. $1,597,000 15 MAR 1960
Established:
Commissioned:
1960
141930Z NOV 1960

Decommissioned:
Disestablished:


JUL 1977
Operated by:

USCG
Station Project code name: DOOR I
Station Unit Identifier:

1960 - 17-350678
Mail address: 1966: Kodiak, Alaska 99697
FPO, Seattle, WA 98794
 
AKA:
HAM Call sign:

KL7DND

Personnel Allowance: JUL 1963 - 2 Officer; 27 Enlisted
JUL 1967 - 2 Officer; 25 Enlisted  
JAN 1976 - 2 Officers; 27 Enlisted

Station Mascot: 1966: Missy (21 OCT 1966 - 6 pups); Sloopy (24 NOV 1966 - 4 pups); Red Dog; BoBop; Diesel
1970: Blue & Cueball
Miscellaneous: 27 MAR 1964: Station suffered a severe earthquake.

28 MAR 1964: Station off-air, buildings settled

RM2 William Morgan comments:
"Was present for the "Big RockNRoll" 1964 earthquake. Lots of fun. After the "quake" we were the only "Split level" LorSta in the CG. The Admin Section dropped 8 to 16 inches. We evacuated to the top of the island's highest peak for about 6 hours. Our tsumi was about 2 feet high."
 
AUG 1965: Station personnel assisted in the transportation of an injured seaman from helicopter to plane.

1969: Station crew erected the arch on the runway.

19 AUG 1969: James I. Doughty wrote: (photo missing)
I was the aircraft commander, and we slid the plane sideways down the runway at Sitkinak. The skid marks are the left main tires and the nose wheel. The right main came off the ground and that big white spot is where the left outboard propeller hit the runway. Quite a ride! Nobody hurt, and I flew back to Kodiak 2 weeks later. During takeoff, the wind went to 90 deg to the right and increased to 60 knots.

1970: Mail plane crashed

JUN 1970: Trinity Island Inc. filed suit in Federal court seeking $39,000 for the loss of 500 sheep. The suit charged that USCG personnel abandoned their pets when transferred to other duty stations.

1971: CO and ETC spouses visited the station. District was not amused.

*01 MAR 1977: Station operations transferred to LORSTA NARROW CAPE however SITKINAK transmitted as "W" until 30 JUN 1977.
Commanding Officers: 1960 - 1961 LT Charles L. Frazier (14 NOV - 18 APR)
1961 - 1962 LTJG Bruce G. Lauther (18 APR - ?)
1962 - 1963 LTJG Bruce C. Skinner (? - 31 MAR)
1963 - 1964 LTJG Leroy G. Krumm (31 MAR - 01 APR)
1964 - 1965 LTJG Jon D. King (01 APR - 01 APR)
1965 - 1966 LTJG James C. McElroy (01 APR - APR)
1966 - 1967 LTJG Gill R. Goodman (APR - APR)
1967 - 1968 LTJG Donald F. Potter (APR - FEB)
1968 - 1968 LTJG Peter D. Lawson (FEB - NOV)
1968 - 1969 LTJG Anthony J. Pettit (NOV - ?
1969 - 1970 LTJG William W. Peterman
1970 - 1971 LTJG Mark E. Libby (? - APR)
1971 - 1972 LTJG Thomas Lynch (APR - APR)
1972 - 1973 LTJG Donald R. Dickmann (APR - 06 APR)
1973 - 1974 LTJG Donald E. Plake (06 APR - 02 APR)
1974 - 1975 LTJG John S. Merrill (02 APR - 02 APR)
1975 - 1976 LTJG John E. Veentjer (02 APR - ?)

Change of Command:

01 APR 1964 - Letter of Relief LTJG Krumm/LTJG King - pdf

01 APR 1965 - Letter of Relief LTJG King/LTJG McElroy - pdf

06 APR 1973 - Letter of Relief LTJG Dickmann/LTJG Plake- pdf

02 APR 1974 - Letter of Relief LTJG Plake/LTJG Merrill - pdf

021915Z APR 75 - LTJG Veentjer assumed command - pdf

 

Station Operations

LORAN-C

56 32.3 N 154 07.8 W (October 1, 1964)
56 32 22.80 N 154 07 37.37 W (WGS-72)

Chain: 1960: S6; SL-2 BERING SEA
1969: SH-7; 5930 NORTH PACIFIC
Radio Call sign:
NRW-1
 
Operational date:
Declared Operation:

101000Z JUL 1961

Operations Ceased:

30 JUN 1977*
 
Station Operation:

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


S6; SL-2; SH-7; 5930; 9990*
"X"; "Z"; ("W"*)
M-X/Y: Approx. 531.5 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 08 DEC 1960 - S6 (X)
 
On-Air: S6 (X) - 101000Z JUL 1961
S2 (X) - 15 DEC 1961
SH-7 (Y) - 1969
5930 (Y) - 25 FEB 1975
*9990 (W) - 01 MAR 1977
 
Off-Air:

S6 (X) - 15 DEC 1961 - Change of rate; Port Clarence on air
S2 (X) - 1969 - Change of rate
SH-7 (X) - 25 FEB 1975 - Changed Identification of GRI
5930 (X) - 01 MAR 1977
9990 (W) - 30 JUN 1977 - This was only temporary for the user - Service terminated
Equipment: 1961 - AN/FPN-41/42 sn: 3 & 4; 300Kw (Timer AKA: Pete & Joe)
FEB 1974 - AN/FPN-54 LRE installed; a AN/FPN-41 for monitoring
SEP 1974 - AN/URT-23 Comms equipment installed
Radiator: 1960 - 625ft TLM - Stainless Inc. Model 1300
25 MAY 1987 - Tower demolished
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Reminiscing:

1972 - 1973 Bob Nahikian Memors - pdf

Awards:

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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09 MAR 1975 - 30 AUG 1975

17 APR 1976 - 22 AUG 1976

11 JAN 1977 - 01 MAR 1977

08 APR 1977 - 06 JUN 1977

Coast Guard Restricted Ribbon

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Documents:

31 JAN 1963 - Relocation of LORSTA Spruce Cape to Sitkinak - pdf

1966 - Radio Beacon Installation Correspondence - pdf

01 MAR 1968 - General Information Book - pdf

JUL 1968 - Loran-C CG-2899 Report - pdf

24 FEB 1971 - Primary Power Failure - pdf

JUN - SEP 1973 Violation of Radio Regulations correspondence - pdf

05 JUL 1973 - Primary Loss of Power - pdf

13 AUG 1973 - Spruce Cape/Sitkinak D17 Trip Report - pdf

1974 - Bi-Monthly Reports - pdf (reports missing)

1974 - Bi-Weekly Reports - pdf

27 MAR 1974 - District 17 Trip Report - pdf

14 NOV 1974 - 1975/76 Project Planning - pdf

18 NOV - 9 DEC 1974 - Sitkinak Watch Standing Practices - pdf

21 NOV 1974 - 625 Foot Tower Replacement - pdf

21 DEC 1974 - Exchange Rebuttal - pdf

23 DEC 1974 - COCO Monthly Report - pdf

01 JAN 1976 - Station Organization Manual - pdf

25 MAR 1987 - Press Clip of 625 foot Tower Demolished - pdf

Newsletters:

1966 Christmas newsletter contributed by Rich Collier - pdf

Pictures:

Bill Lower 1969-70 photo collection

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(courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard c./12 OCT 1966)

 

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