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LORAN STATION UPOLU POINT

Station Information

Site Survey: LORAN-A
DEC 1943

LORAN-C
06 OCT - 09 NOV 1959*
*Note: Site survey was for the DOOR project
 
Construction Date: LORAN -A
JUN-JUL 1944

AUG 1949: Hawwaiian Dredging Company constructed permanent living quarters and mess hall.

AUG 1949: George H. Iwashita comstructed power house, garage and electrical equipment building

LORAN-C
AUG 1960 - 02 JUN 1961
 
Constructed by: 1944: Construction Detachment "C" Unit 80
1950 - 1952:
1960 - 1961: Fisher and Walsh
 
Established:
Commissioned:
Establish A/C:

JUL 1944
08 NOV 1944
060001Z JUL 1961
Decommissioned:
Disestablished:


1993
1993
Operated by:


USCG
Station Project code name:


LORAN-A:
LORAN-C: DOOR IV
AKA: HAWAII - 01 APR 1972 named changed to Upolu Point
Unit Identifier:


1944: CG Unit 204; Navy Uniit 24
1961: 14-350185
1975: 14-40154
Mail address: 1956: LTS, Box 2, Hawi, Hawaii, T.H.
1965: LTS, Box 2, Hawi, Hawaii, HI 96719
Ham Call sign:


 
Personnel Allowance: 1953: 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1956: 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1961: 2 Officers; 24 Enlisted
1969: 2 Officers; 25 Enlisted
1976: 1 Officer (CWO); 10 Enlisted
1988: 1 Officer (CWO); 10 Enlisted
Station Mascot:

Station events: 06 JUL 1946: Fatal auto accident resulting in the deaths of two Coast Guardsmen and one Coast Guard Civilian.

1955: Some Coast Guard married personnel resided at Kohala High School facility campus

02 JUN 1955: Station on commercial power

24 JUN 1958: Station authorized to display daytime storm warnings as directed by the weather service.

06 SEP 1960: Loran-C site survey declassified

11 JUN 1967: Crew assisted in the rescue of three passengers plus recover the body of the polit.

1970: The crew sponsored Hsu Lee-Lu of Taipei, Taiwan.

22 OCT 1972: Crew member, EN3 James Hillard, was murder by a local.

18 NOV 1973: Crew assisted in the rescue of Tadeusz Borowski who was lost at sea for 74 days.

04 MAR 1975: A crew member became lost while hunting. He walk out of the forest on his own. Three days, rescuers were searching for him.

DEC 1979: A crew member was placed under arrest for murder which was committed prior to his arrival. He was taken into custody and transported back to his home town.

Commanding Officers/Officer in Charge: 1944 - 1945 ENS Richard J. Peterson (08 NOV - 07 DEC)
1945 - 1946 LTJG Charles G. Pashia (07 DEC - 27 JUN)
1946 - 1946 ENS Howard A. Linse (07 JUL - 13 AUG)
1946 - 1947 LTJG James W. Christman (13 AUG - 26 NOV)
1947 - 1948 CRE Julius Mizel (26 NOV - ?)
1948 - 1949 LTJG Charles S. Marple
1949 - 1950
1950 - 1951
1951 - 1952 LTJG Harry F. Gregg (? - 05 AUG)
1952 - 1954 LT William G. Donaldson (05 AUG - 01 JUL)
1954 - 1956 LTJG Lawrence J. Otto (01 JUL - 18 JUL)
1956 - 1958 LTJG Donald D. Garnett (18 JUL - 05 AUG)
1958 - 1960 LTJG Kenneth W. Forslund (05 AUG - 24 AUG)
1960 - 1962 LTJG Norman E. Fabri (24 AUG - 01 AUG)
1962 - 1964 LTJG Leo N. Schowengerdt (01 AUG - 06 AUG)
1964 - 1966 LTJG Robert C. McFarland (06 AUG - OCT)
1966 - 1968 LTJG Edwin F. Chase (OCT - OCT)
1968 - 1971 LTJG Douglas J. Wood (OCT - JUN)
1971 - 1973 LTJG Dale K. Frieden (JUN - MAY)
1973 - 1975 LTJG William J. Seney (MAY - 3 JUN)
1975 - 1976 LTJG David M. Rice (03 JUN - 01 JUL)
1976 - 1977 CWO Charles M. Cate (01 JUL - ?)
1977 - 1979 CWO William R. Beers
1979 - 1982 CWO Robert A. Vanderzyl
1982 - 1985 CWO William F. Carroll
1985 - 1989 CWO Daniel Rebkovich (? - JAN)
1989 - 1990 CWO Daniel E. Lubecki (JAN - NOV)
1989 - 1990 CWO Lee S. Putnam (NOV - JUL)
1990 - 1993 ETCS David L. Pier (16 JUL - ?)
 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

20-15-15.23 N - 155-53-22.76 W (USCG ltr 1951)
20-15-04.45 N - 155-53-13.78 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: HAWAIIAN
 
Station Letter designation: 2L0 - "J"
2L6 -
2L4 -
2L5 - "P"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
Declared Operational date: 08 NOV 1944

Operations terminated: 302400Z JUN 1979
 
Station Operation: 1944 - 1965 Single SLAVE (SS)
1965 - 1979 Single MASTER (SM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:


HAWAII (SS) - NIIHAU (DM)
2L0
1000us
Approx. 261 Nautical miles

HAWAII (SS) - MOLIKAI (DM)
2L4; 2L6
1000us
Approx. 96 Nautical miles

HAWAII/UPOLU POINT (SM) - KAUAI (DS)
2L5
N/A
Approx. 221 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 11 JUL 1944
 
On-Air: 2L0, 19 OCT 1944 (NIIHAU)
2L6, 25 OCT 1952 (MOLIKAI)
2L4, 08 JAN 1958 - (MOLIKAI)
2L5, 08 JAN 1965 (KAUAI)
Off-Air: 2L0, 25 OCT 1952 Chain reconfiguration
2L6, 08 JAN 1958 Change of rate
2L4, 08 JAN 1965 Chain reconfiguration
2L5, 302400Z JUN 1979 Termination of Loran-A service
 
Monitor Rate: cross rate monitoring
 
Equipment: 1944: Model C timer,
1947 - Upgrade to UE-1 Timers, TDP-1 Transmitters, UM Switching Unit
NOV 1951 - Upgrade to TEH Transmitters
NOV 1953 - Upgrade to T-325A/FPN Transmitters
MAY 1954 - T-138 Amplifiers installed - increase output power to 1Mw
NOV 1955 - Upgrade to AN/FPN-30 Timers/FPA-2 Switching Unit
03 FEB 1961 - FPA-3A installed - permitted semi-auto operations
1969 - AN/FPN-30 Timers, T-325A Transmitters, AM-701 Amplifiers
1975 - COLAC equipment installed
 
Radiator: 1944 - vertical radiator
AUG 1955 - Wind Turbine 280ft tower

LORAN-C

20 14.9 N - 155 53 04.23 W (Oct. 1, 1964)
20 14 49.160 N - 155 53 09.700 W (WGS-72)
20 14 49.301 N - 155 53 09.146 W (WGS-84)

Chain: 1961 - 1964: HAWAIIAN
1964 - 1992: CENTRAL PACIFIC
Radio Call sign:
NRO5
 
Declared Operation: 211000Z JUL 1961

Operations terminated:

302400Z JUN 1992*

* Station transmitting PTTI until 31 DEC 1992
 
Station Operation:

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


SH-4; S-1; 4990
"X"
M-X: Approx. 805 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: APR 1961
 
On-Air: SH-4 (X) 211000Z JUL 1961
S-1 (X) 1969
4990 (X) 25 FEB 1975
 
Off-Air:

SH-4 (X) 1969 Change of rate
S-1 (X) 25 FEB 1975 Changed Identification of GRI
4990 - 302400Z JUN 1992 Service termination
Equipment: 1961 - 1975: AN/FPN-41-42
1975 - 1986: AN/FPN-54 - AN/FPN-42 300KW
MAY 1976: PTTI installed
06 JAN 1982: DESLOT installation completed
1986 - 1992: AN/FPN-42 mod - 225KW
Radiator: 625ft TLM Stainless, Inc Model 1300 1961 -
 

LORAN-C Baseline Ext.

Established:
 
Disestablished:
 
Operated by: Loran-C station personnel
Chain: HAWAIIAN
 
Operational date:
 
Operations terminated:
 
Station Operation: Baseline monitor
Monitor Rate: SH-4
 
Equipment: 1961 - AN/SPN-29 Receiver
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Reminiscences:

1946 Robert E. Johnson - pdf

1947 Robert E. Johnson Life Aboard Unit 206 - pdf

1972 - 1973 Daryl Rotman - pdf

Awards:

Coast Guard Medal

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On June 11, 1967 a Cessna 172 crashed approximately 500 yards off of Upolu Point. The below were awarded the Coast Guard Medal for the rescue of three individuals aboard the plane.

SN Paul H. Akana - pdf

SN George G. Bennett - pdf

DC3 Lynn T. Crisler - pdf

ET2 Robert D. Oslen - pdf

ET2 Robert E. Pearce- pdf

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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*20 MAR 1983 - 01 JUL 1985

*01 JAN 1987 - 30 AUG 1988

*30 JUN 1992 - 31 DEC 1992

* DENOTES OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED

Documents:

18 NOV 1948 - Wardroom Mess Establishment - pdf

1955 - 1988 Water Line Correspondence - pdf

02 JUL 1956 Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf - report photos

1963 - 1965 Vehicle Allowance correspondence - pdf

05 MAR 1964 On-street metered parking places - pdf

1964 Use of Exchange correspondence - pdf

01 FEB 1965 Assignment of Loran functions and constants - pdf

1966 - 1988 HILO Electric Correspondence - pdf

14 AUG 1973 Salt Rock - pdf

20 DEC 1982 Tower maintenance - pdf

07 JUL 1984 Parker Ranch Acquisition; legal opinion - pdf

23 JUN 1987 Permit to construct road - pdf

General Information Book

1969 General Information Book - pdf

MAR 1978 General Information Book - pdf

1988 General Information Book - pdf

Pictures:

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Picture from google earth

U. S. Coast Guard Official photos

1961 Don Perillo Photo collection

2013 Commander Gary Thomas, USCG, Ret. visit to the station

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Photo retrieved from Fred's Place c./1959

CDR Carl Burkhart, USCG, (Ret.) contributed photos of tower hot work in 1983

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Thanks Commander!

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c./1975 Stan Albrechtsen

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