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LORAN STATION SPRUCE CAPE

Station Information

Site Survey: MAY 25 - 04 JUN 1950 site survey - pdf
 
Construction Date: 1951 - 1952
 
Constructed by: ENS Norman J. Glover - Construction Engineer - 1999 Interview - pdf
The interview was by Joe Stevens on September 2, 1999 located at www.http://kadiak.org/spruce_cape/index.html
 
Established:
Commissioned:
FEB 1952


Disestablished: JAN 1980
 
Operated by:

USCG
Station Unit Identifier:

Mail address: 1956: Box 41, Navy 127, c/o P.M. Seattle, WA
 
Station Project code name:

 
Station AKA: KODIAK

Personnel Allowance: JAN 1953 - 1 Officer; 13 Enlisted
1955 - 1 Officer, 11 Enlisted

Station Mascot:

Miscellaneous: 1952 - Station to be an 18 month tour restricted

1956 - On commercial power; two gasoline standby generators

1956 - Non-restricted duty - 18 month tour

29 MAR 1964 - Station off-air for 36 minutes following the earthquake on 28 MAR 1964

Commanding Officers/Officer in Charge: Commanding Officers:

1952 - 1953 LT Herbert J. Lynch (JAN - JUL)
1953 - 1954
1954 - 1955 LTJG Sidney B. Vaughn (JUN - DEC)
1955 - 1956
1956 - 1957 LTJG William E. Smith (? - JUN)
1957 - 1958 LTJG Clyde T. Lusk (JUN - ?)
1958 - 1959
1959 - 1960
1960 - 1962 LTJG Robert L. DeHichiell
1962 - 1963
1963 - 1964
1964 - 1965 LTJG Keith
1965 - 1966
1966 - 1967 LTJG Gill R. Goodman

Officer in Charge:

1969 - 1972 ETC Paul Richardson
1972 - 1973 ETC Cobb
1973 - 1974 ETC Evert Clark
1974 - 1975 ETC Donald T. Stavton (? - SEP)
1975 - 1976 ETC Lawrence Gemoets (SEP - MAR)
1976 - 1978 ETC Roger Johnson (MAR - JUN)
1978 - 1980 ETC Harvard K. Madigan (JUN - JAN) DECOMM

 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

57 49 23.76 N - 152 19 42.27 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: GULF OF ALASKA
 
Station Letter designation: 1L7 (K)
 
Radio Call Sign: NMJ-
 
Declared Operational date: 11 MAR 1952
 
Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1979
 
Station Operation: Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

SPRUCE CAPE (S) - OCEAN CAPE (M)
1L3; 1L7
1000 us
Approx. 405.5 Nautical miles
On-air testing date: 1L3; 01 MAR 1952
 
On-Air: 1L3; 11 MAR 1952
1L7; MAY 1961
 
Off-Air: 1L3; MAY 1961 Change of rate
1L7; 243100Z DEC 1979 Termination of service
 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitoring 
 
Equipment: 1951 - UE-1 Timers; T-137 Transmitters; T-138 Amplifiers
1957 - AN/FPN-30 Timers; T-325 Transmitters; AM-1700 Amplifiers
 
Antenna: 1952 - "T"
1964 - 129ft tower
 

Reminiscing:

1956 - 1957 Richard Wright

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Documents:

21 JUN 1956 - Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf

Pictures:

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(Courtesy U.S.C.G.) c./1952

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(Courtesy U.S.C.G.) c./1952

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(Courtesy U.S.C.G.) c./1952

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c./1963