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Loran Station Kauai
21 53 46.24 N 159 36 26.16 W (Monitor Location 1944-47)
21 52 20.605N 159 26 48.063W (1950 Survey)
21 52 09.39 N 159 26 39.12 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Pictures:

Fact Sheet: 

Site Survey:

NOV DEC 1943
1952 - Transmission Station

Construction Date

MAY 7 JUL 1944

Constructed by:

Construction Det C

Established:

JUL 1944
8 NOV 1944 Station commissioned and turned over the 14th District

Disestablished:

Monitor 28 SEP 1948
JUL 1979

Operated by:

USCG

Chain:

HAWAIIAN

Station Letter designation:

2L5, K
2L4, 2L5, M 1953

Station code name:

 

Station Unit Number:

207, NAVY UNIT 35

Station nickname/AKA:

MAKAHUENA POINT

On-air testing date:

2L4, OCT 1952
2L5, OCT 1952

Operational date:

2L4, 25 OCT 1952
2L5, 25 OCT 1952

Operations Ceased:

2L4,
2L5, 302400Z JUN 1979
2L6, 302400Z JUN 1979

Station Operation:

MONITOR 2L0-2L1, 7 JUL 1944 AUG 47
Double SLAVE/SECONDARY - 25 OCT 1952 - 30 JUN 1979

Station pair:

2L4, 25 OCT 1952 FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS
2L5, 25 OCT 1952 JAN 1965 MOLOKAI
2L5, JAN 1965 JUN 1979 UPOLU POINT

2L6, JUN 1979 FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS

Loran Rate:

2L4, 2L5, 2L6

On-Air:

2L4, 25 OCT 1952 FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS
2L5,  25 OCT 1952 MOLOKAI
2L5,  08 JAN 1965 UPOLU POINT

2L6,  FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS

Off-Air

2L4,
2L5, 08 JAN 1965 MOLOKAI
2L5, 302400Z JUN 1979 UPOLU POINT

2L6, 302400Z JUN 1979 FRENCH FRIGATE SHOALS

Monitor Rate:

2L0, 11 JUL 1944 01 JAN 1947, NIIHAU & HAWAII
2L1, 27 JUL 1944 01 JAN 1947, NIIHAU & FRENCH FRIGATE
HAWAII CHAIN DECLARED OPERATIONAL: 19 OCT 1944
2L7,  8 JAN 1958 30 JUN 1979, JOHNSON & FFS

Equipment:

Dec 51 station was dual rate low power
2 UE-1; 2 TEH
Aug 52 Station changed to dual rate high power

Antenna Type: 280ft Wind Turbine, DEC 1951 JUN 1979

Personnel Allowance:

DEC 1951 1 Officer, 11 enlisted
JAN 1953 LTJG, ETC, ET1, 3 ET3, CS1, EN1, EN3, DC2, 2 FN, SN

Miscellaneous:

Monitor station built adjacent to Port Allen

Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge

1st CO: LTJG John C Price Nov 1944 4 Oct 1945
CO: ENS Ralph E Knight 4 OCT 1945
1st CO: LT Harley E Dilcher 11 DEC 1951 19 NOV 1952
CO: LT Garth D Clizbe 19 NOV 1952 28 MAY 1954
CO: LTJG Ted L Gannaway 28 MAY 1954 10 MAY 1956
CO: LTJG James R Erwin 10 MAY 1956 - JUN 1958
CO: LTJG James E Ferguson JUN 1958 1 JUN 1960
CO: LTJG Robert L Bristol 1 JUN 1960 1 JUN 1962
CO: LTJG Peter G. Lauridsen 1 JUN 1962 1 JUN 1964
CO: LTJG James L. Shanower 1 JUN 1964 - 1966

CO: LTJG John Carlile 1966 - 1968
CO: LT Al Hudson 1970 - 1972
CO: LT Bruce Blandford 1972 - 1975

Documentation:

01 AUG 1947 - Inactive Status Dispatch - pdf
14 JUN 1948 - Comdt Authority to Disestablish - pdf
04 OCT 1948 - D14 ltr Station Disestablish 28 Sep 1948 - pdf

26 MAY 1950 - Antenna Position location msg - pdf
Hydrographer Office ltr; New Hawaiian Chain Mar 1952 (pdf)
26 OCT 1960 - News Article of ET2 Death - contributed by R. L. Bristol
APR 1961 - News Article of LT R. L. Bristol - contributed by R. L. Bristol -
The article has several errors,  LT Bristol was the XO of Yeaton, WSC-156 and while waiting for Loran assignment ("standby" in 1959), LT Bristol was assigned to Group New London (not "operating the lighthouse there").  Also, as is already correct in the website, Kauai was a double slave to Molokai and French Frigate Shoals, not just a single slave to French Frigate as indicated in the article
080040Z OCT 64 - Tower Maintenance (pdf)
210036Z OCT 64 - Tower Maintenance (pdf)
221934Z OCT 64 - Tower Maintenance (pdf)

Pictures Click on image for larger view

Suspectd location of Loran Monitor Kauai

Loran Monitor Station picture from google earth.

Loran Station Kauai

Loran Station picture from google earth.

Loran Station Comms Room
Comms Room


1961 Christmas Card - photo contributed by Ralph Emerson

The following newspaper article contributed by Bob Smith (cousin of EN2 William Ellingsworth)


1967 Crew
Back row - ETC Dn Perillo; XO; LTJG Carlilie; Smitty the cook
Photo contributed by Don Perillo

Thanks Don!

 

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