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LORAN STATION POINT ARGELLO

Station Information

Site Survey:
 
Construction Date: JUN 1945: Mobile Detachment "G" Unit 405
NOV 1946: Permanent station construction completed
1952 - 1953: Station rebuilt
1955: Family housing constructed
 
Constructed by: 1945: Mobilie Unit "G"
 
Established:

Commissioned:
05 JUN 1945: Mobile Unit 405
12 JAN 1948


Disestablished: 31 DEC 1979
 
Operated by:

USCG
Project code name:



Unit Identifier:

1940's: CG Unit 405
1970's: 11-40136

Mail address: 1965: PO Box 368, Lompoc, Calif.
1976: Hdq. 1st Aerospace Division, Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
 
AKA:

1940's: ARLIGHT

HAM Call sign:

N/A

Personnel Allowance: MAY 1951: 10 Enlisted*
JAN 1953: 11 Enlisted*
JUN 1964: 1 Officer, 10 Enlisted
1967: 11 Enlisted

*Under Group Arguello command

Station Mascot:

Miscellaneous: JUN 1945: USCG (2H2) and USAAC (1H6/7) established loran chain coverage.

18 JUL 1946: Permanent station construction completed. Rates 2H2/3 provided 24/7/365 coverage. 11th District distributed temporary charts for new system.

1946 - 1955: Loran station under Group command.

1957: Station became of the first fully automatic operational stations reducing personnel allowance.

APR 1963: Family housing disestablished. Family housing located in local community as there was a concern of missile hazards.

JUL 1965: USAF 4th Weather Group requested to upgrade U.S. Weather Bureau equipment. Approval was obtain from both USCG and U.S. Weather Service.

13 JUL 1971: Agreement signed between USCG and USAF 1st Strategic Aerospace division concerning the evacuation of LORSTA personnel during a launch.

Commanding Officers/Officer in Charge: 1945 - 1946
1946 - 1948
1948 - 1949
1949 - 1952 CWO Burton Y. Frymire
1952 - 1955
1955 - 1957
1957 - 1959 ETC Ernest R. Gronlund
1959 - 1961
1961 - 1963
1963 - 1966 CWO Gustav R. Froehlich (29 MAR - JUL)
1966 - 1969 ETC Hayden
1969 - 1971
1971 - 1972 ETC Robert Oslen
1972 - 1974 ETC William Dibble
1974 - 1976 ETC Daniel D. Larson (? - 06 AUG)
1976 - 1979 ETC William F. Towne (06 AUG - ?)


Station Operations

34 34 46.09 N - 120 38 38.95 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Chain: U.S. WEST COAST
 
Station Letter designation: "P"
 
Radio Call Sign: N/A 
 
Declared Operational date: 15 JUL 1945: 2H2
1964: 2H1

Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1979
 
Station Operation: 1945 - 1964 Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
1964 - 1979 Double SLAVE/SECONDARY (DS)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Coding delay:
Baseline:

Pt. AGRUELLO (S) - Pt. ARENA (M)
2H2/1H5
1000us
Approx. 300 Nautical miles

Pt. ARGUELLO (S) - SAN MATEO (M)
2H1/1H4
1000us
Approx. 168 Nautical miles

On-air testing date: 05 JUN 1945
 
On-Air: 2H2; 15 JUL 1945
2H1; 1964
1H4; 1970
1H5; 1970
 
Off-Air: 2H1; 1970 Rate change
2H2; 1970 Rate change
1H4; 312400Z DEC 1979 Termination of service
1H5; 312400Z DEC 1979 Termination of service

 
Monitor Rate: Cross rate monitor 
 
Equipment: 1945: Mobile unit
 
Antenna: 280ft - Wind Trubine
 

Documents:

MAR 1964 - D11 LOG - pdf

09 JUL 1965 - Meteorological Equipment Installation - pdf

13 JUL 1971 - USCG/USAF 1st Startegic Aerospace Agreement - pdf

23 JUL 1976 - Station Brief History - pdf

 

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