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LORAN STATION UPOLU POINT

Station Information

Operated by: USCG
 
Personnel Allowance: 1953 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
JUN 1956 - 1 Officer; 12 Enlisted
1961 - 1 Officer; 24 Enlisted
1969 - 1 Officer; 26 Enlisted
01 JUL 1976 - 1 Officer (CWO); 10 Enlisted
AUG 1977 - First two female Electronics Technicans reported aboard an overseas loran station
1988 - 1 Officer (CWO); 10 Enlisted
 
Station Unit Number: 1944 - CG Unit 206; Navy Unit 24
1961 - 14-350185
1975 - 14-40156

Commanding Officers /
 Officers in Charge
LORAN-A

1944 - 1945 ENS Richard J. Peterson (08 NOV - 07 DEC)
1945 - 1946 LTJG Charles G. Pashia (07 DEC - 27 JUN)
1946 - 1946 ENS Howard A. Linse (07 JUL - 13 AUG)
1946 - 1947 LTJG James W. Christman (13 AUG - 26 NOV)
1947 - 1948 CRE Julius Mizel (26 NOV - ?)
1948 - 1949 LTJG Charles S. Marple
1949 - 1950
1950 - 1951
1951 - 1952 LTJG Harry F. Gregg (? - 05 AUG)
1952 - 1954 LT William G. Donaldson (05 AUG - 01 JUL)
1954 - 1956 LTJG Lawrence J. Otto (01 JUL - 18 JUL)
1956 - 1958 LTJG Donald D. Garnett (18 JUL - 05 AUG)
1958 - 1960 LTJG Kenneth W. Forslund (05 AUG - 24 AUG)

LORAN-A/C

1960 - 1962 LTJG Norman E. Fabri (24 AUG - 01 AUG)
1962 - 1964 LTJG Leo N. Schowengerdt (01 AUG - 06 AUG)
1964 - 1966 LTJG Robert C. McFarland (06 AUG - OCT)
1966 - 1968 LTJG Edwin F. Chase (OCT - OCT)
1968 - 1971 LTJG Douglas J. Wood (OCT - JUN)
1971 - 1973 LTJG Dale K. Frieden (JUN - MAY)
1973 - 1975 LTJG William J. Seney (MAY - 3 JUN)
1975 - 1976 LTJG David M. Rice (03 JUN - 01 JUL)
1976 - 1977 CWO Charles M. Cate (01 JUL - ?)
1977 - 1979 CWO William R. Beers

LORAN-C

1979 - 1982 CWO Robert A. Vanderzyl
1982 - 1985 CWO William F. Carroll
1985 - 1989 CWO Daniel Rebkovich (? - JAN)
1989 - 1990 CWO Daniel E. Lubecki (JAN - NOV)
1989 - 1990 CWO Lee S. Putnam (NOV - JUL)
1990 - 1993 ETCS David L. Pier (16 JUL - ?)
 

Station Operations

LORAN-A

20-15-15.23 N - 155-53-22.76 W (USCG ltr 1951)
20-15-04.45 N - 155-53-13.78 W (1960 Mercury Datum)

Site Survey: DEC 1943
 
Construction Date JUN - JUL 1944
1984 - LORAN-A building removed
 
Constructed by: USCG Construction Detachment "C" Unit 80
AUG 1949 - Hawaiian Dredging Company constructed living quarters and mess hall
AUG 1949 - George H. Iwashita constructed power house, garage and electrical equipment building
 
Established: JUL 1944
08 NOV 1944 - Station commissioned - transferred to D14
 
Service Terminated: 30 JUN 1979
 
Chain: HAWAIIAN 1944 - 1979
 
Station Letter designation: 2LO - "J"
2L6 -
2L4 -
2L5 - "P"
 
Unit Code Name:

 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Station aka: HAWAII
 
Operational date: 08 NOV 1944 - 2L0
OCT 1952 - 2L6
<1958 - 2L4
08 JUN 1965 - 2L5
 
Operations Ceased: 302400Z JUN 1979
 
Station Operation: 1944 - 1965 Single SLAVE (SS)
1965 - 1979 Single MASTER (SM)
 
Station pair:
Loran rate:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran rate:
Baseline:

Station pair:
Loran Rate:
Baseline:

HAWAII (SS) - NIIHAU (DM)
2L0


HAWAII (SS) - MOLIKAI (DM)
2L4; 2L6


UPOLU POINT (SM) - KAUAI (DS)
2L5

On-air limited service: 11 JUL 1944
 
On-Air: 2L0, 19 OCT 1944 (NIIHAU)
2L6, 25 OCT 1952 (MOLIKAI)
2L4, <1958 - (MOLIKAI)
2L5, 08 JAN 1965 (KAUAI)

Off-Air 2L0, 25 OCT 1952 Chain reconfiguration
2L6, <1958 Change of rate
2L4, 08 JAN 1965 Chain reconfiguration
2L5, 302400Z JUN 1979 Discontinued Loran-A service

Monitor Rate:
 
Equipment: 1947 - Upgrade to UE-1 Timers, TDP-1 Transmitters, UM Switching Unit
NOV 1951 - Upgrade to TEH Transmitters
NOV 1953 - Upgrade to T-325A/FPN Transmitters
MAY 1954 - T-138 Ampifiers installed - increase output power to 1Mw
NOV 1955 - Upgrade to AN/FPN-30 Timers/FPA-2 Switching Unit
03 FEB 1961 - FPA-3A installed - permitted semi-auto operations
1969 - AN/FPN-30 Timers, T-325A Transmitters, AM-701 Ampifiers
1975 - COLAC equipment installed
 
Antenna: 1944 - vertical radiator
AUG 1955 - Wind Tubine 280ft tower
Miscellaneous: 1946 - fatal accident upon the "Liberty Party"

02 JUN 1955 - station on commerical power

24 JUN 1958 - Station authorized to display daytime storm warnings as directed as directed by the weather service

1965 - Chain reconfiguration - MOLIKAI replaced by NIIHAU

LORAN-C

20 14.9 N - 155 53 04.23 W (Oct. 1, 1964)
20 14 49.160 N - 155 53 09.700 W (WGS-72)
20 14 49.301 N - 155 53 09.146 W (WGS-84)

Site Survey: 09 OCT - 06 NOV 1959
 
Construction Date AUG 1960 - 02 JUN 1961
 
Constructed by: Fisher and Walsh
 
Established LORAN-A/C: 060000Z JUN 1961
 
Disestablished: 1993
 
Chain: HAWAIIAN 1961 - 1964
CENTRAL PACIFIC 1964 - 1992
 
Station Letter designation: "X"
 
Station code name: DOOR IV
 
Radio Call Sign:  
 
Station aka: HAWAII - 01 APR 1972 named changed to Upolu Point
 
Loran rate and function:

Baseline:
SH-4, S-1, 4990 (X)

M-X: Approx. 805 Nautical miles
Operational date: 211000Z JUL 1961
 
Operations Ceased: 312400Z DEC 1992
 
Station Operation: 1961 - 1992 Single SLAVE/SECONDARY
 
On-air testing date: APR 1961
 
Rate/Function/Date On-Air: SH-4 (X) 211000Z JUL 1961
S-1 (X) 1969
4990 (X) 25 FEB 1975

Rate/Function/Date Off-Air: SH-4 (X) - Change of rate
S-1 (X) - Renamed of rate
4990 (X) - 312400Z DEC 1992 - Termination of service

Equipment: 1961 - 1975 AN/FPN 41/42 Timer/Transmitter 300KW
1969 - O-1186/URQ Oscillator installed
1975 - LARE installed (AN/FPN-54/60) 225KW
MAY 1976 - PTTI Equipment installed  
 
Antenna: 1960 - ? 625ft TLE, Stainless Inc., Model 1300
 
Miscellaneous: 06 SEP 1960 - Site survey report declassified

1970 - Crew sponsored Hsu Lee-Lu of Taipei, Taiwan
 

Fred's Place Reunion Hall: OLD NEW

Reminiscences:

1946 Robert E. Johnson - pdf

1947 Robert E. Johnson Life Aboard Unit 206 - pdf

1972 - 1973 Daryl Rotman - pdf

Awards:

Coast Guard Medal

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On June 11, 1967 a Cessna 172 crashed approximately 500 yards off of Upolu Point. The below were awarded the Coast Guard Medal for the rescue of three individuals aboard the plane.

SN Paul H. Akana - pdf

SN George G. Bennett - pdf

DC3 Lynn T. Crisler - pdf

ET2 Robert D. Oslen - pdf

ET2 Robert E. Pearce- pdf

Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

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*20 MAR 1983 - 01 JUL 1985

*01 JAN 1987 - 30 AUG 1988

*30 JUN 1992 - 31 DEC 1992

* DENOTES OPERATIONAL DISTINGUISHING DEVICE IS AUTHORIZED

Documents:

18 NOV 1948 - Wardroom Mess Establishment - pdf

1955 - 1988 Water Line Correspondence - pdf

02 JUL 1956 Overseas Loran Station Survey - pdf - report photos

1963 - 1965 Vehicle Allowance correspondence - pdf

05 MAR 1964 On-street metered parking places - pdf

1964 Use of Exchange correspondence - pdf

01 FEB 1965 Assignment of Loran functions and constants - pdf

1966 - 1988 HILO Electric Correspondence - pdf

1969 General Information Book - pdf

14 AUG 1973 Salt Rock - pdf

MAR 1978 General Information Book - pdf

20 DEC 1982 Tower maintenance - pdf

07 JUL 1984 Parker Ranch Acquisition; legal opinion - pdf

23 JUN 1987 Permit to construct road - pdf

1988 General Information Book - pdf

 

Pictures:

 

U.S. Coast Guard Official Photos

1961 Don Perillo Photo collection

2013 Commander Gary Thomas, USCG, Ret. visit to the station

 

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Photo retrieved from Fred's Place c./1959

CDR Carl Burkhart, USCG, (Ret.) contributed photos of tower hot work in 1983

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Thanks Commander!