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LORAN STATION PORT CLARENCE

65 14.7N - 166 53.2W (Oct 1, 1964)
65 14 40.120N - 166 53 14.470W

Fact Sheet:

Site Survey: 9 – 15 APR 1961

Construction Date May 1961 – Jan 1962

Constructed by: Raber-Kief

Established: DEC 1961
010200Z FEB 1962 - Station Commissioned

Disestablished: 15 JUL 2010

Operated by: USCG

Chain: BERING SEA
SH-7, 5930, 9990 NORTH PACIFIC
7960 GULF OF ALASKA

Station Letter designation: LORAN C:
SL-2, 9990 “Y”
SH-7, 5930, 7960 “Z”

Station code name: NOVA 1

Station Unit Number: 17-350850
17-40198

Radio Call Sign:
Ham Call Sign:
1966 - KL7EEY

Station nickname:  

On-air testing date: 19 DEC 1961 – low power

Operational date: SL-2 - DEC 1961
7960 – 15 MAR 1977

Operations Ceased: 7960 – 08 FEB 2010
9990 - 08 FEB 2010

Station Operation: LORAN C SLAVE/SECONDARY

Station pair: SL-2, ATTU, SITKINAK, ST PAUL
SH-7, ATTU, SITKINAK, ST PAUL
5930, ATTU, SITKINAK, ST PAUL
9990, ATTU, KODIAK*, NARROW CAPE*, ST PAUL
7960, TOK, NARROW CAPE, SHOAL COVE

Loran Rate: SL-2, SH-7, 5930, 7960, 9990

On-Air: SL-2, DEC 1961
SH-7, 1969
5930, 25 FEB 1975
9990, 1 MAR 1977
7960, 15 MAR 1977

Off-Air SL-2, 1969
SH-7, 25 FEB 1975
5930, 1 MAR 1977
7960Z – 082000Z FEB 2010
9990Y – 082000Z FEB 2010

Monitor Rate:

Equipment: 1961 - AN/FPN-41/42 W/ITT receiver, 500Kw; AN/FPN-41 S/N 18

Antenna Type: 1350ft – Dresser-Ideco, Model 19010, 1960
28 APR 2010 – Tower fell by CG

Personnel Allowance: JUL 1963 – 1 LTJG, 1 RELE, 32 Enlisted

Station Mascot: 1966 - Pinky
NOMAD
NOOK RIP 2006

Miscellaneous: Nov 1961 - Construction Camp Barracks roof blew off - crew moved into unfinished barracks
Comm. Ceremonies 29 Jan 62
APR 1963 - received an Unit Commendation for 100% SL2-Z
AUG 1965 - 2 Russian defectors under detention at station
1966 - Tower re-guyed
1987 - Crew Quarters replaced with two story structure
28 2010 – Tower demolished

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
1st CO: LT Maynard J. Fontaine 29 JAN 1962 - 11 JUN 62
CO: LT Fredrick A Hill 11 JUN 1962 – 8 JUN 1963
CO: LTJG Merlin G Nygren 8 JUN 1963 – 30 MAY 1964
CO: LTJG Guy P Clark 30 MAY 1964 – 1965
CO: LTJG R. E. Shrune 1965 - 1966
CO: LTJG Thomas Nunes 1966 - 1967
CO: LTJG Thomas A Welch 1967 - 1968
CO: LTJG Thomas E Yentsch 1968 – 1969
CO: LTJG J. L. Phaup 1969 - 1970
CO: LTJG John A. Buzga 1970 – 1971
CO: LTJG Robert Pokress 1971 – 1972
CO: LTJG H. J. Rohrs 1972 – 1973
CO: LTJG S. C. Ploszai 1973 – 1974
CO: LTJG G. L. Frago 1974 – 1975
CO: LTJG H. A. Lewis 1975 – 1976
CO: LTJG R. S. Hartman 1976 – 1977
CO: LTJG R. W. Bogue 1977 – 1978
CO: LTJG G. S. Scheer 1978 – 1979
CO: LTJG J. S. Anevski 1979 – 1980
CO: LTJG K. G. Ross 1980 – 1981
CO: LTJG Chris J. Conklin 1981 – 1982
CO: LTJG Tamera R Rose 1982 - 1983
CO: LTJG Gary E. Felicetti 1983 – 1984
CO: LTJG C. A. Mebane 1984 – 1985
CO: LTJG S. J. Shores 1985 - 1986
CO: LTJG Kevin B Kring 1986 – MAR 1987
CO: LTJG Greg A Taylor MAR 1987 - 1988
CO: LTJG Joel L Dodds 1988 – 1989
CO: CWO D. E. Colburn 1989 – 1990
CO: CWO M. J. Wing 1990 - 1991
CO: CWO Phillip Soto 1991 - 1992
CO: CWO Joseph A. Chop 1992 – 1993
CO: CWO C. R. Sweet 1993 – 1994
CO: CWO Charles A Safrit 1994 – 1995
CO: CWO Richard S. Greenfield 1995 – 1996
CO: CWO R. T. Porter 1996 – 1997
CO: CWO R. A. Koski 1997 – 1998
CO: CWO M. W. Parsons 1998 – 1999
CO: CWO Mike A. Marion 1999 – 2000
CO: CWO A. B. Davis 2000 – MAY 2001
CO: CWO Emmett T. Childress MAY 2001 – JUN 2002
CO: CWO Francis A. Paula JUN 2002 - 2003
CO: CWO Robert L. Kennedy 2003 - 2004
CO: CWO Michael W Wills 2004 – JUN 2005
CO: CWO Ronald G Long JUN 2005 – 2006
CO: CWO P. W. Esteve 2006 - 2007
CO: CWO Mark B Baker 2007 - 2008
CO: CWO Roger S Todd 2009 – 15 JUL 2010

Documents

Fred's Place Reunion Hall:
Old
New

Birth of Port Clarence - pdf
26 OCT 1961 - Radiation Measuring Devices (pdf)
09 NOV 1961 - Port Clarence On-Air date (pdf)
09 NOV 1961 - Comdt ltr to CNO NOPAC Port Clarence On-Air Date (pdf)
09 NOV 1961 - Comdt ltr to USAF NOPAC port Clarence On-Air Date (pdf)

Pictures:

Click on the picture to enlarge

Google Earth View of Loran Station Port Clarence
retrieved 5/20/2015 from Google Earth

The below photos were contributed by Steve Glavin

1961 Commissioning Program
Commissioning Ceremonies c./1961

Aerial View of KPC
Aerial View c./2004

Station veiw from 1000 feet
Station at 1000ft

Port Clarence International Airport
Port Clarence International Airport

C-120 Logistics Flight
C-130 Log Flight

Off loading supplies
Off-Loading

Onloading outgoing
On-loading

Loran Station Port Clarence as viewed from the bay
Station from bay

Base of the 1350 foot tower
Base of the tower

View of station from the bottom of the tower
View of the station from the bottom of the tower

Station view from the tower
View from the tower

Station view from top of the 1350 ft tower
Another view from the tower

Partial view of the 1350 foot tower
Tower

Timer Room
Timer Room

AN/FPN-44A Transmitter
Transmitter Room

Generator Room
Power Plant

Tank Room
Tank Room

Fuel Tanks
Fuel Tanks

Bonfire July 4th 2004
Crew Bonefire Jul 4th, 2004

Thanks Steve!

The below photos were contributed by Bob Brown c./ 1970
couple of pieces of ivory purchased from the indigenous people

Ivory Polar Bears

Ivory Walrus

Thanks Bob!

The below photos were contributed by Thomas Snyder c./1974-75

AN/FPN-41 Timer Synchronizer
AN/FPN-41 S/N 18 Monitor Timer

Snow is deep.
Snowbound - barracks window

Thanks Tom!

The below photo is of the Signal Termination contributed by CWO Roger "Steve" Todd

Final Crew Feb 2010
Termination Crew 8 FEB 2010
No order:
CWO Roger S. Todd (CO); FS1 Michael E. Chattin; HS1 Lisa R. Hooper; SK2 Brian A. Hunt; SNFS Lisa Densmore
ETC Scott R. Stender; ET1 Brock Pappe; ET2 Steven Massey; ET3 Benjamin Bailey
MKC Jason M. Rahn; MK1 Michael E. Bacher; DC1 Nathan B. Lacasse; EM1 Erick B. Keerins; MK2 Dale Schmoll; BM2 Robert Peterson;
MK3 Preston Brown; MK3 Jason Harden; SN Rebecca Fuller; FN Erik D. Masters; SN Jessica Eck

Thanks Steve and crew for a wonderful job! Well Done!

The next set of photos is the tower being demolished 3 Jun 2010

 1350 foot tower falling

1350 foot tower falling

1350 foot tower falling

1350 foot tower falling

1350 foot tower falling

1350 foot tower falling

No more tower

The end of an era!

Station Patch circa 1970
Station patch c./1970 contributed by Bob Brown

The below were contributed by Bob Zeller c./1961

First Station Patch
First station Patch designed by Bob

Bering Sea Club
Polar Sea Club

Radio Trailer ... digging out the radioman

Thanks Bob!

The below photos were contributed by Marie Francis c./1969
George Francis served 1969

Christmas Card 1969

Port Clarence Lighter
Station Lighter

Thanks Marie & George!

The below photos were contributed by Rick Pugh c./1971 -72

No Name City
Your are now entering No Name City
Pop. Gross - Horny

No Name City
SA Pugh coastie at "No Name City"

Passing time
Doc - unknown - Darwood Preventure - Mike Shultz - PJ Kleffner

Sing a song
PJ Kleffner

99 bottles of beer on the wall ... well, 97
ET & EM

What is the Seaman thinking?
SA Bill Rembert

Chips on the pipe
DC3 Don Beach

Commanding Officer
CO - LTJG H J Rohrs

Seaman Apprentice Pugh on watch
SA Rick Pugh

Dress Blues ...
 Mike Shultz & Mike Damiano

a View of the 1350 foot tower

Pugh in the pool hall

the Dogs race home for dinner

the tale of two masts

station dog at play

Station

Sunset at 11 AM
Taken at 11:00am

view of the station from a bush pilot's plane

view of the station

Belt buckle

Personnel Inspection

Station personal at ease

summertime fun

daily routine ... clear the road to the transmitter building

Thanks Rick!

The below photos were contributed by Scott Young (Father Danny Young served 1965-66)
Photos c./1965-66

Danny Young in front of a fuel tank
Danny Young

duty bicycle for the ride down the tunnel to the transmitter building

Sea Stories ...

relaxing

accomandations

jam session

jam session

meeting

guitar man

Formaldehyde in my beer? ... are you kidding

From the top of the tower ...

a view of the insulators

thiokol snowcat

Thanks Scott!

The below photos were contributed by Patrick McManus c.2006-08

Day 1 - what have I gotten into?
My first day at KPC, out on the ice on the bay. May 26, 2006

Patrick McManus, Mess Cook
Mess Cooking

Crew musters for photo ... temp is -10F  circa 2008
Crew Photo c./2008 Taken at -10 F

C-130 inbound
CG1705 Delivering supplies on a log flight in 2007
Note: CG1705 was lost on Oct. 29, 2009 after colliding with with a USMC AH-1W Cobra of San Clemente Island, CA

Nomad ... station dog
Nomad

Nomad and Harley playing
Nomad and Haley playing

tallest tower in Alaska
View of the Loran Tower.
Tallest man-made structure in Alaska at 1350ft.

Patrick McManus 21st Birthday party
My 21st birthday, May 27, 2007.
L to R Top Row: SN Benjamin Bailey, FS3 Shirley, ET3 John McNealy, MK3 Nick Wilson, SN Kyle Schmidt
Next Row: ET3 Victor Caldito, BM2 Branden LaBeau, ETC McGuffie, MK1 Jason Whitten
Red Sox Jersey: me

Bonfire
Bonfire

passed inspection
After Uniform Inspection

Patrick McManus and Jeff Goodrow
ET2 Jeff Goodrow and I

Watchstander desk in the timer room
In the timer room

Musk Ox herd and Patrick McManus
Musk ox Herd

summertime 2007
Summer Time July 2007

summertime 2007
Summer Time - July 2007

summertime 2007
Summer Tine - July 2007

summertime 2007 ... view of the tower
Summer Time _ July 2007

summertime
Summer Time - July 2007

Thanksgiving day looking across the bay
Thanksgiving Day 2007 - Looking out toward the bay and York Mountains

preparing for change of command 2007

Just prior to Change of Command 2007
L to R: SN Lydia Miller, ET3 Colin Ryan, SK2 Almeyda, ET3 John
McNealy, SNET Patrick McManus, SN Ben Bailey, SN Kyle Schmidt