Coast Guard Loran Station Hokkaido Japan circa 1970's

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

                                               Shishi Hiromichi - Station cook - Deceased
                            Mr Hiromichi was aboard since the construction of the station

                                                           Mr. Oba - Interpreter 1990
LORSTA HOKKAIDO as seen from Google Earth!


                                  A view from the LORAN tower - photos by Jeff Howard
                                                    LORSTA Hokkaido 75' - 76'
 














Friday, November 19, 2010

Jack SATO Photo - circa 76-77

                                             Anyone remember this guy?  Jack Sato hard at work!
                                             Jack was the station's translator/interpreter.  Photo was
                                             taken between April 76 and April 77.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Loran Station Hokkaido crew - taken between April 76 and April 77

                            LORAN STATION HOKKAIDO crew after a personnel inspection.  
                                           Photo taken between 8 April 1976 and 5 April 1977. 
                                                                      Recognize anyone?

Loran Station Hokkaido Japan Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet - compliments of Loran-History website!
Site Survey:
JAN 1962
Construction Date
Summer 1962 - Construction commenced
Constructed by:

Established:
9 APR 1963 Commissioning ceremony
Disestablished:
OCT 1993 - Transfer to Japan
Operated by:
USCG
Chain:
NORTHWEST PACIFIC
Station Letter designation:
SS-3, 9970, 7930 – “X”
Station code name:
WING I 
Station Unit Number:
14-40176
Radio Call Sign:

Station aka:

On-air testing date:
SS-3 – 25 JUL 1963
SS-3 – 17 MAR 1964
SS-3 – 21 DEC 1964
Operational date:
21 JAN 1964 
Operations Ceased:
30 SEP 1993
Station Operation:
Single SLAVE/SECONDARY (SS)
Station pair:
SS-3, 9970 GESASHI, IWO JIMA, MARCUS, YAP, BARRIGADA
Loran Rate:
SS-3, 9970, 7930
On-Air:
SS-3 - 21 JAN 1964
SS-3 – 25 MAY 1964
SS-3 – 1 JAN 1965
9970 – 25 FEB 1975
7930 – 210300Z FEB 1981
9970 – 310700Z MAR 1981
Off-Air
SS-3 – MAR 1964 IWO & YAP Off Air – Tower Failures
SS-3 – 21 DEC 1964 IWO & YAP On-Air
SS-3 – 25 FEB 1975 Change of Rate
9970 – 210300Z FEB 1981 IWO Off-Air Tower Maintenance
7930 – 310300Z MAR 1981 IWO On-Air
9970 – 30 SEP 1993 Loran C replaced by GPS
Monitor Rate:

Equipment:
AN/FPN-46/44, 625ft Tower, 1MW
1968 Clarinet Pilgrim installed
Antenna Type: 625ft – Wind Turbine, Model 6000s, 1963
Personnel Allowance:

Miscellaneous:
13 AUG 1962 Site Survey Report declassified
Commanding Officers / Officers in Charge
CO: LT RA Applebaum 1963 - 1964
CO: LT Thomas P Dolan 1974 - 1975
CO: LTJG Ronald R Borison 8 APR 1976 – 5 APR 1977
CO: LTJG Jacobs 1979 - 1980
CO: LTJG Butler 1984
CO: LTJG Robert S Walters 1987 - 1988
CO: LT Frank Young 1989
CO: LTJG Vogelbacher 1991
Here's all of the Lorsta Hokkaido unit patches I could find.  If you have one I've missed please send me the picture.

Ron