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LORAN STATION JOHNSTON ISLAND
LORAN A: 16 44 42.74 N 169 30 46.29 W (1960 Mercury Datum)
LORAN C: 16 44.8N - 169 30.5W (Oct 1, 1964)
LORAN C: 16 44 43.950 N 169 30 31.200 W

Pictures:

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey:

9 OCT – 6 NOV 1959

Construction Date

APR 1957 – NOV 1957 – Johnston Island

Constructed by:

 

Established:

LORAN A:
1 NOV 1957 – Station commissioned – Johnston Island

Disestablished:

LORAN A: JUL 1979
LORAN C: 01 JUL 1992

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

LORAN A: HAWAIIAN
LORAN C:
SH-4, HAWAIIAN
S-1, 4990 CENTRAL PACIFIC

Station Letter designation:

LORAN A: “O”
LORAN C: MASTER

Station code name:

LORAN A – ELMO 14
LORAN C - DOOR V

Station Unit & or Accounting Number:

APO - 105
14 - 350535
1961 - 14-350545

14-40156

Radio Call Sign: 1960 Johnston Island HAM - KJ6BV
NRO - LORAN C Net

Station nickname:

 

On-air testing date:

LORAN A: JAN 1958

Operational date:

LORAN A: 08 JAN 1958
LORAN C: 011000Z JUL 1961

Operations Ceased:

LORAN A: 30 JUN 1979
LORAN C: 31 DEC 1992

Station Operation:

LORAN A: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY
LORAN C: MASTER

Station pair:

LORAN A: FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS
LORAN C: KURE, UPOLO POINT

Loran Rate:

LORAN A: 2L7
LORAN C: SH-4, S-1, 4990

On-Air:

LORAN A:
2L7, 8 JAN 1958

LORAN C:
SH-4, 011000Z JUL 1961
S-1, 1969
4990, 25 FEB 1975

Off-Air

LORAN A:
2L7, 302400Z JUN 1979

LORAN C:
SH-4, 1969
S-1, 25 FEB 1975
4990, 302400Z JUN 1992

Monitor Rate:

2L6, FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS & KAUAI

Equipment:

LORAN A:

LORAN C:
1961: AN/FPN-41/42, 625 XMTR ANT, 300KW

Antenna Type:

LORAN A:
180 ft Transmission Tower

LORAN C:
625ft, Stainless Inc, Model 1300, 1961

Personnel Allowance:

 

Station Mascot: 1961 - Bo and Jeff

Miscellaneous:

LORAN A:
NOV 1954 – A site survey was on LAYSAN for LORAN A which was constructed on JOHNSTON ISLAND.
APR – NOV 1957 Code name for shipments “GIFTS”
1 NOV 1957 Loran A Station commissioned however delay on air due to tube storage located on Johnston Island.

LORAN A/C:
10 DEC 1959 – Formal permission granted from Secretary of Defense for use of Sand Island.
06 SEP 1960 Site Survey declassified
Other sites considered LISIANSKI, FRENCH FRIATE SHOALS or LAYSAN under the code name DOOR V.
01 APR 1961 – LORAN A transmitting relocated on Sand Is.
01 JUL 1961 – A/C station located on Sand Island.
1962 - FISHBOWL - showed that Nuclear explosions affected the "D" layer some 5000 miles distance
1971-72 Xfer gas from Okinawa

LORAN C:

03 DEC 1992 – Tower Demolished

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

LORAN A: - Johnston Island
1st CO: LTJG M. Y. Suzich ? – 28 MAR 1958
2nd CO: LTJG/LT J F Culbertson 28 MAR 1958 – 18 MAR 1959
3rd CO: LTJG/LT William G Hicks 18 MAR 1959 – 26 MAR1960
4th CO: LTJG W E Morris 26 MAR 1960 – 28 MAR 1961 - Last CO on Johnston Is.

LORAN A/C – Sand Island
5th CO: LTJG E B Acklin 28 MAR 1961 – 28 MAR 1962

6th CO: LTJG Paul Welling 28 MAR 1962 – 31 MAR 1963
7th CO: LTJG Bill Hayes 31 MAR 1963 – 6 APR 1964
CO: LTJG Harry Allen 6 APR 1964 - 1965
CO: LTJG Peter N Thurman 1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG John Miner 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG Jim B Clarke 1972 – 1973
CO: CWO A. E. Bentsen 1973 - 1974
CO: LTJG John Larned 1974 - 1975

LORAN C:
CO: CWO Ken Porter 1980 - FEB 1981
CO: CWO Mark Ray Coleman FEB 1981 - 1982
CO: CWO Gary Schenk 1983 - 1984
CO: CWO Roger Shell 1984 – 1985
CO: CWO Brad Waldron 1985 – 1986

CO: CWO Charles Knight 1987 - 1988
Last CO: CWO Terrance J Brennan 1992 - 1993
CO: CWO Ray Stillman
CO: CWO Tom Hoskins

 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:  OLD  NEW

The articles below describe what life was for some on a Loran Station.  This was written by ET3 Charles N Hill (1963-64).  Ed Stewart sent on...

ET3 Charles Hill email to Mr. Stewart in 2007 - (pdf)  Recommend reading first and then the poem.

Documents:

29 MAY 1959 - LORAN C Conference Concerning Johnston Island site location - pdf
10 JUN 1959 - Army/Navy MOU - pdf
10 AUG 1959 - Aeronautical Study - pdf
15 FEB 1960 - DOOR Johnston Island - pdf
221416Z OCT 1964 - Notification of O-451 Oscillator Shipment (pdf)

Pictures Click on picture for larger image

Google Earth - Loran Station Johnson Island

Picture from google earth.

Loran Station Johnson Island

 The below phot contributed by A.A. Rossi c./1964

Thanks Al!

The following photos were contributed by Randy Fielding c./1974


Aerial view of Sand Island


Unit Sign


AN/URT-17 HF Comms Transmitters


Comms Console


Teletype Machines


LORAN A AN/FPN-30 Timers and Monitor Recorders


LORAN C AN/FPN-41 Timers


LORAN C Monitors, Recorders - in the middle is the Timing Rack
(Primary timing kept with use of Cesium Standards)

Thanks Randy!

The below photos are located on Fred's Place
John Schaal contribute c./1966 - 67


1966 Crew


1967 Aerial view


1967 - Pig Roast


1967 Disable sailboat


Mechanical Building from the mast


The Mess Hall


Station Patch - c./1974
Found on Fred's Place
Submitted by Stan Albrechtsen

The below were contributed by Gary Olson c./1973 -74

Thanks Gary!

The below photos were contributed by Phil Sorensen
The photos are of the original station on Johnston Island c./1960

Thanks Phil!

Station Hat
Contributed by Don Perillo

Thanks Don!

 

 

 

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