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LORAN STATION OCEAN CAPE

Station Information

Site Survey: 09 - 15 JUN 1950 site survey site survey progress report
 
Construction Date: 1950 - 1952
 
Constructed by:
 
Established:
Commissioned:
02 MAY 1951
111700Z FEB 1952

Disestablished: 31 DEC 1979
 
Operated by:

USCG
Station Unit Identifier: 1951 - 17-350590

Mail address: Yakutat, Alaska 99689
 
AKA: YAKUTAT
Station Project code name:

 
Personnel Allowance: 1953 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1955 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1967 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1972 - 1 Officer; 10 Enlisted; 2 Civilians

Station Mascot: 1976 - Skipper Dog, Yakutat

Miscellaneous: 1952 - The site consisted of 520 acres which the Coast Guard used via permit from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

1955 - Station non-restrictive.

1956 - OCT 1972 - Station was restricted duty.

24 MAY 1960 - Station evacuated as a precautionary measure because of unusual tidal wave activity.

03 DEC 1963 - Weather broadcast commenced for one year trial period.

28 MAR 1964 - Station evacuated - Tidal waves

29 DEC 1964 - Authorization to continue beyond the one year trial for Weather broadcast.

OCT 1972 - Station non-restricted

1972/73 - Station switched to commercial power

1979 - The Coast Guard disestablished this site and cancelled the permit with U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Commanding Officers: 1951 - 1952 LT Thomas C. Pennock ( ? - 19 JUN)
1952 - 1953 LTJG Wade H. Carruth (19 JUN - 28 MAY)
1953 - 1954 LTJG James S. Garcey (28 MAY - 22 MAY)
1954 - 1955 LTJG Richard M. Thomas (22 MAY - 17 MAY)
1955 - 1957 LTJG Frank L. Ryman (17 MAY - 27 MAY)
1957 - 1958 LTJG James R. Sullivan (27 MAY - 26 MAY)
1958 - 1959 LTJG Francis D. Forbes (26 MAY - 10 MAY)
1959 - 1961 LTJG Frank L. Ryman (10 MAY - MAY)
1961 - 1962 LTJG John C. Ikens (MAY - 01 JUN)
1962 - 1963 LTJG Robert M. Wood (01 JUN - 25 MAY)
1963 - 1964 LTJG David H. Freese (25 MAY - 29 APR)
1964 - 1965 LTJG William A. Day (29 APR - 14 MAY)
1965 - 1966 LTJG Frederick A. Kelley (14 MAY - ?)
1966 - 1967 LTJG Thomas F. McGrath (? - JAN)
1967 - 1968 LTJG Gerald W. Gelfand (JAN - JAN)
1968 - 1969 LTJG Kenneth D. Cheney (JAN - APR)
1969 - 1970 LTJG John L. Anderson (APR - APR)
1970 - 1970 LTJG Ira Stolzenberg (APR - DEC)
1970 - 1971 LTJG Douglas J. Dettenrieder (DEC - 28 MAR)
1971 - 1972 LTJG James W. Moon (28 MAR - APR)
1972 - 1973 LTJG Barry D. Benson (APR - 01 APR)
1973 - 1974 LTJG Donald T. Wetters (01 APR - 01 APR)
1974 - 1975 LTJG Philip T. Bird (01 APR - APR)
1975 - 1976 LTJG Thomas A. FitzGerald (APR - JUN)
1976 - 1977 LTJG Jonathan Prince (JUN - APR)
1977 - 1979 LTJG James J. Hanks (APR - APR)
1979 - 1979 LTJG David Hildebrand (APR - 31 DEC)

Change of Command:

29 APR 1964 LTJG Freese / LTJG Day - pdf

14 MAY 1965 LTJG Day / LTJG Kelley - pdf

28 MAR 1971 LTJG Dettenrieder / LTJG Moon - pdf

01 APR 1973 LTJG Benson / LTJG Wetters - pdf

01 APR 1974 LTJG Wetters / LTJG Bird - pdf

 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

59 30 40.96 N - 139 46 24.02 W (1950 survey)
59 30 38.97 N - 139 46 32.97 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: GULF OF ALASKA
 
Station Letter designation: 1L6; 1L7 (Y)
 
Radio Call Sign: NMJ-19
 
Declared Operational date: 11 MAR 1952
 
Operations Ceased: 31 DEC 1979
 
Station Operation: Double MASTER (DM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

OCEAN CAPE (M) - BIORKA (S)
1L2; 1L6
1000 us
Approx. 208 Nautical miles

OCEAN CAPE (M) - SPRUCE CAPE (S)
1L3; 1L7
1000 us
Approx. 405.5 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 01 MAR 1952
 
On-Air: 1L2; 11 MAR 1952
1L3; 11 MAR 1952
1L6; MAY 1961
1L7; MAY 1961
 
Off-Air: 1L2; MAY 1961 Change of rate
1L3; MAY 1961 Change of rate
1L6; 312400Z DEC 1979 Termination of service
1L7; 312400Z DEC 1979 Termination of service
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: 1952 - 1961 TCK-4 Radio Comms Transmitter
1956 - AN/FPN-30 timers installed
1968 - Transmitter sn:48; Amplifier sn: 36
1970 - AM-1700 Amplifier
 
Antenna:
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Awards:

Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon*

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COMDTINST M1650.25E Dated 15 AUG 2016 list LORSTA Ocean Cape as eligibility however the station was with family quarters. Questionable who or when if this award is eligible.

Documents:

09 JUL 1956 - Oversea Loran Station Survey - pdf

22 NOV 1958 - Guest permission to view motion picture showing - pdf

26 JAN 1960 - Permission for USAF to construct an installation on CG permitted land - pdf

27 JAN 1960 - Accomodations for Corps of Engineering Personnel - pdf

1961 - 1964 - Weather boardcast correspondence - pdf

22 JAN 1965 - 1L7 Recorder Charts Discrepancies - pdf

20 SEP 1967 - Access road right of way - pdf

01 DEC 1967 - General Information Book - pdf

18 JAN 1968 - Invitation for inaugural Alaska flight - pdf

23 APR 1968 - Ltr of Appreciation in support two air crews - pdf

JUN 1968 - CG 2899 submission - pdf

13 NOV 1968 - Volunteer Fire Department; request to assist the local village to organize such - pdf

12 JUN 1969 - Loran-A on-air tardy report - pdf

09 SEP 1969 - CG-2899 Comments - pdf

13 SEP 1969 - Error on 1L6 comments - pdf

29 JUN 1970 - Rates 1L6/7 inoperative - pdf

24 MAR 1971 - Conversion to commercial power - pdf

12 MAY 1972 - ERPAL Critical and non-critical stortages - pdf

04 OCT 1972 - D17 Inspection Report - pdf

07 NOV 1972 - Station response to D17 Inspection Report - pdf

22 OCT 1972 - Request for 14' Boston Whaler aand trailer to service local aids - pdf

30 OCT 1972 - Request for an SK - pdf (addition of dependents)

1974 - Navigational Aids Interference to Loran operations correspondence - pdf

1974 - Removal and disposal of refuse correspondence - pdf

1976 - Station Information for new members reporting - pdf

 

Pictures:

Ken Cochran 1976/76 photo collection


Station patch - courtesy Don Wetters

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Thanks Don!