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LORAN STATION CAPE CHRISTIAN

70 31 09 N 68 19 00 W (1957 GIB)
70 32 N 68 18 W (1962 Loran A System List)

Fact Sheet

Site Survey:
 

Summer 1952
 

Construction Date
 

Started: 1953 Completed: 1954
 

Constructed by:
 
 
 
Established:
 

1954
 

Disestablished:
 

30 JUN 1975
 

Operated by:
 

USCG
 

Chain:
 

EASTERN ARCTIC
 

Station Letter designation:
 
 
 
Station code name:
 

DOPE II 
 

Station Unit Number:
 

1954 - APO 677, NY
1961 - APO 228, NY
01-40102

Station Radio Call Sign:
 

NJZ
 

On-air testing date:
 
1954
 
Operational date:
 

08 NOV 1954
 

Operations Ceased:
 

302400Z JUN 1975
 

Station Operation:
 

Double SLAVE/SECONDARY (DS)
 

Station pair:
 

1L7, 1L0, 2S6 – CAPE ATHOLL
1L1, 2S7 - NIPISAT
 

Loran Rate:
 

1L0,1L1,1L7,2S6,2S7
 

On-Air:
 

1L1 (S), 08 NOV 1954 – NIPISAT
1L7 (S), 08 NOV 1954 – CAPE ATHOLL
1L0 (S), NOV 1956 – CAPE ATHOLL
2S6 (S), 1957 CAPE ATHOLL
2S7 (S), 1957 NIPISAT
 

Off-Air
 

1L1 (S),
1L7 (S), NOV 1956 – CAPE ATHOLL
1L0 (S),
2S6 (S), 302400 (Local) JUN 1975 – CAPE ATHOLL
2S7 (S), 302400 (Local) JUN 1975 - NIPISAT
 

Monitor Rate:
 
 
 
Equipment:
 

1954 - AN/FPN30, AN/FPA-2, T-325B, T-138A
1954 - AN/URN-5 Radio Beacon Transmitter (USAF supplied)
1957 - AN/URA-11 Radio Beacon (USCG Supplied)
1957 - TACAN installed
 

Antenna Type:
 

Transmission:
"T" wire cage

Receiving Antennas:
1954 - Vertical; Beverage; Comb
1956 - Vertical; Comb - Beverage Discontinued
1956 Winter normal reciving operations
Vertical - local signal
1L0 - Comb modified with amplifier
1L1 - Comb

Personnel Allowance:
 

1 Officer & 22 Enlisted 1953 agreement

In the early years of the station crews were relieved in August. The relieving crew wiould muster in Boston, receive Arctic clothing and instruction folow a departure to Thule AFB. The crew then would be transported via ship to the station. Half of the crew to be relieve would depart the station and the remaining crew member would indocirnate and training the new crew. Two weeks later, the remaining crew members would depart for Thule and the relief crew would be transported back to Boston, turn in their Arctic clothing and settle any remaining pay owed them and expenses. They were normally given preference to the District desired and in some case the station.


Mascot:

Sam a Newfounder

 

Miscellaneous:
 

1952 - Established to support Operation Blue Jay
16 APR 1953 - CG Requests permission to build
1956 - a landing strip was improvised on the station beach by the crew
1972 - JCS cancelled closure in 1972

Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
 

1954 - 1955 LTJG Lawrence A. White
1955 - 1956 LTJG Christopher Aschilmann
1956- 1957 LTJG Edwin H. Daniels (AUG - AUG)
1957 - 1958 LTJG John M. Wilkinson (AUG - AUG)
1958 - 1959 LTJG David Green (AUG - ?)
1959 - 1960 LTJG Kennard Palfrey
1960 - 1961
1961 - 1962 LTJG Scott Rich
1962 - 1963 LTJG Ian Cruikshank (? – JUN)
1963 - 1964 LTJG Charles Keller (JUN - JUN)
1964 - 1965 LTJG William Protzman (JUN - ?)
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967
1967 - 1968 LTJG James Kunkle
1968 - 1969
1969 - 1970 LTJG Gerald T. Victor (MAY – MAY)
1970 - 1971 LTJG Richard L. McGuire (MAY – JUN)
1971 - 1972 LTJG Charles A. Huber (JUN – JUN)
1972 - 1973 LTJG Thomas Howard (JUN - JUN)
1973- 1974 LTJG Peter Barrett (JUN - ?)
1974 - 1975 LTJG Marlon Shelton (? - 30 JUN 1975)

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: Old - New

Awards:

The Arctic Service Medal

Any member of the U. S. Coast Guard who serves or has served at least 21 consecutive days
under competent orders

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

01 SEP 1970 - 31 OCT 1970

15 JUN 1973 - 30 NOV 1973

Documents:

Documents pretaining to the chain can be found at Eastern Arctic

01 MAY 1954 - Exchange of Notes between Canada and The United States in relationshipn to construction of Cape Christian Loran Station - pdf

22 JUN 1956 - Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf (link to photos)

05 FEB 1957 - D1 Coast Guard News Release - pdf

01 JUN 1957 - General Information Book - large pdf (The First Coast Guard District Commander, Rear Admiral Roland, signed the Letter of Promulgation which is normally done by the Aids to Navigation Branch Chief. This GIB is fantastic reading and what the crew accomplshed in one year. BZ to all 1956-57 crew members)

21 JAN 1964 - Review of Coast Guard Overseas Facilities - pdf

1962-63 Report of Sky Wave Time Delay - pdf

Pictures:

c./2009

The above pictures are from Google Earth

Retrieved from Fred's Place

 

Coast Guard Historian Office August 1956 Photos

1961 John Provanzana Crew Photo

1963 Charles Keller (CO) Christmas Party and other Photos

1963-64 CS1 Russell A McLamb Photos

Oct 1963 - Jan 1965 RCMP Mort Doyle Photos

1964 ET1 Gene Oleson Photos

Charlie Huber (CO) 1971-72 Crew and RCMP photos

Charlie Huber (CO) 1971 Christmas Photos

Charlie Huber (CO) 1971-72 General Photos

Charlie Huber (CO) 1971-72 Spaces/Rooms Photos

Al Ocasio c./1958
Contributed by his son Fred Ocasio

Thanks Fred!