LORAN STATION JUPITER INLET

Station Information

Site Survey: 07 FEB - 08 MAR 1961 survey
 
Construction Date: 1962
 
Constructed by: John B. Tschirai and Hunter Company
 
Established:
Commissioned:

07 JUL 1962 - Speech

Disestablished: 01 JUN 2010
 
Operated by: USCG
 
Station code name: CLOSE 3
 
Station Unit OPFAC: 07-40124
 
Station address: 1962 - P.O. Box 636, Jupiter, FL

Station aka: JUPITER
 
Personnel Allowance: 1970 - 2 Officers; 28 Enlisted
1974 - 2 Officers; 33 Enlisted
 
Mascot:

1967 - Herman
Miscellaneous: 1961 - The intention was to construct the Loran station at the Jupiter Inlet reservation however the U.S.A.F. leased a portion for the down range missile tracking system. The original Loran C station two miles north cause much interference to the AMR cable. The upgraded Loran-C equipment would cause an increase of 4 to 7 db. The Coast Guard located a tract of land at Jonathan Dickinson State Park which would meet the requirements. An agreement was made to swap the Hobe Sound, on park state land, in order to secure the tract of land for the A/C station.

27 APR 1964 - Joseph J. Simonet in a motorcycle accident which resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee. Truck driver at fault.

14 SEP 1967 - Station held an Open House - Beacon News, Tequesta newspaper pictures
 
Talking about being up a creek without a paddle ...
NOV 1974 - During an annual inspection a crew member was to reenlist. Admiral Nielson agreed to relist Joe Haley on a channel buoy. The group set out on a small outboard and cut the engine during the swearing in. Time to return to shore, the boat was casted off and tried to start the motor. The motor would not start. At this point of time, it was noted there was no oars on board. However the boat did drift toward shore. Upon reaching shore at the Jupiter Inlet colony, LTJG Harvey was selected to knock on a door requesting to use the owner's phone. The owner agreed but was a bit skeptical of the situation. All this occurred while in Dress Whites. The admiral's comments, "Lost at sea. My wife will never believe that."

1979/80 - the entrance beacons were robbed. Police investigation - interviewing station personnel.


Commanding Officers /
 Officers in Charge
LORAN A/C:

1962 - 1964 LTJG Robert L. Sullins (07 JUL - MAR)
1964 - 1967 LT James A. Blake (MAR - ?)
1967 - 1969 LTJG Duane H. Gullixson
1969 - 1972 LTJG Thuren M. Drown (? - 28 APR)
1972 - 1975 LTJG Richard L. Harvey (28 APR - 09 MAY)
1975 - 1977 LTJG Calvin M. Rich (28 APR - 03 AUG)
1977 - 1979 LTJG Thomas J. McDaniel (03 AUG - 02 AUG)
1979 - 1981 LTJG Victor A. Loher (AUG 02 - 15 JUN)

LORAN C:

1981 - 1983 LTJG Kenneth L. Savoie (15 JUN - FEB)
1983 - 1985 CWO Alvin J. Faith (FEB - ?)
1985 - 1987 CWO Lawrence E. LaFlam (? - NOV)
1987 - 1992 ETC Clarence M. Sheridan (NOV - ?)
1992 - 1996
1996 - 1999 ETC Daniel E. Ragland
1999 - 1999 ET1 Martin S. Delgada (? - 09 JUL)
1999 - 2002 ETC Timothy L. Gass (09 JUL - JUL)
2002 - 2003 ETC Matthew Will (JUL - JUL)
2003 - 2004
2004 - 2008 ETC Rob C. Mihalco (? - AUG)
2008 - 2010 ETC Christopher M. Cannon (AUG - 01 JUN 2010

Station Operations

LORAN-A

27 02 12.1 N - 80 06 53.0 W (Site Survey 1961)
27 02 13.27 N - 80 06 52.35 W (160 Mercury Datum)

Chain: 1962 - 1980 U.S. EAST COAST
1969 - 1980 WEST INDIES
 
Station Letter designation: 3L1 "P"
3L5 "J"
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Declared Operational date: 021400Z JUL 1962 - 1H7
1969 - 3L5
 
Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1980 
 
Station Operation: 1962 - 1968 Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
1968 - 1980 Double SLAVE/SECONDARY (DS)  
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

JUPITER (S) - FOLLY ISLAND (M)
1H7, 3H7, 3L1
1000us
Approx. 338 Nautical miles

JUPITER (S) - SAN SALVADOR (M)
3L5
1000us
Approx. 353 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 1962 - 1H7 FOLLY BEACH
1968 - 3L5 SAN SALVADOR  
 
On-Air: 1H7; 021400Z AUG 1962 (FOLLY BEACH) 
3H7; 1968 (FOLLY BEACH)
3L1; 1975 (FOLLY BEACH)
3L5; 1969 (SAN SALVADOR)
 
Off-Air: 1H7; 1968 Change of rate
3H7; 1975 Change of rate
3L1; 312400Z DEC 1980 Termination of service
3L5; 312400Z DEC 1980 Termination of service
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: 1962 - AN/FPN-30 Timer; T-325C Transmitter; AM-1700 Amplifier
1975 - AN/FPN-53; AN/FPN-60; LRE, T-325C; AM-1700  
 
Antenna: 1962 - 1980 Vertical Radiator 
 

 

LORAN-C

27 01 57.9 N - 80 06 54.8 W (Site Survey 1961)
27 02.0 N 80 06.9 W (Oct. 1, 1964)
27 01 58.490 N - 80 06 53.520 W (WGS-72)
27 01 58.528 N - 80 06 52.875 W (WGS-84)

Chain: 1962 - 1978 U.S. EAST COAST
1978 - SOUTHEAST U.S.
 
Station Letter designation: SL-0 (X)
SS-0; SS-7; 9930 (W)
7980 (Y)
 
Radio Call Sign:
 
Loran Rate and Function:
Baseline:

Loran Rate and Function:
Baseline:

SL-0 (X); SS-0 (W); SS-7 (W); 9930 (W)
Approx. 436 Nautical miles

7980 (Y)
Approx. 356 Nautical miles
Operational date:
Declared Operation:

021300Z JUN 1962
281200Z AUG 1962
Operations Ceased: 082000Z FEB 2010
 
Station Operation: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
 
On-air testing date:
 
Rate/Date On-Air/Function:

SL-0 (X) 021300Z JUN 1962
SS-0 (W) 1966
SS-7 (W) 06 JAN 1969
9930 (W) 25 FEB 1975
7980 (Y) 09 SEP 1978
 
Rate/Function/Date Off-Air: SL-0 (X) 1966 Change of rate
SS-0 (W) 09 JAN 1969 Change of rate
SS-7 (W) 25 FEB 1975 Changed Identification of GRI
9930 (W) 09 SEP 1978 Chain reconfiguration
7980 (Y) 082000Z 2010 Termination of service 
 
Equipment: 1962 - 1975 AN/FPN-41-42 300KW
1975 - 1986 AN/FPN-54; AN/FPN-42 300KW
1986 - 2010 AN/FPN-65;  SSX AN/FPN-64 400KW
 
Antenna Type: 625ft TLM; Wind Turbine 6000c 1962 - 2014 
 

Bob Nahikian Remincing - pdf

Awards:

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

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09 JUN 1972 - 21 JUL 1972

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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01 JAN 1976 - 31 DEC 1976

180 Day Perfromance

NOV 1982 - MAY 1983
MAY 1983 - NOV 1983

Baseline Award

M-Y; 71 days End of Period: FEB 1983
M-Y; 65 days End of Period: JUN 1983

 

Documents:

30 SEP 1960 - COMDT ltr to U.S.A.F. Upgrade Loran-C notification - pdf

1961 Project Management Schedule - pdf

09 FEB 1961 - Loran-C Change in status; CCS to COMDT - pdf

10 FEB 1961 - Loran-C Change in status to U.S.A.F. - pdf

310105Z DEC 80 - Loran-A Shutdown message - pdf

021611Z JUN 10 - Disestablish LORSTA JUPITER INLET FL - pdf

 

Pictures:

Charlie Turner 1963 photo collection

Gary Olson 1971/72 photo collection

Jim Bachtell 1977/80 photo collection

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LORAN-A Shutdown
December 31, 1980 2400Z
L to R: ET1 Bill Dietz, UNK, SN Bill Scoleburg, SN Jack Nash,
ET3 Jeff Fortner, UNK,
Kneeing: ET3 Bobby Sanspree; ET3 Terry O'Malley

A great group! Bill

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