Originally Posted by John A
This whole 21st century thing is a bummer.
Does the USCG still maintain the Loran
No, the US LORAN-C system was shut down beginning in February 2010, the Canadians followed in August 2010. A few others may still be operating (Russia?).
A lot of us were mighty ticked off since this action stranded a lot of expensive, useful LORAN equipment
. Even if you got your stuff used on eBay it wasn't that cheap
before shutdown, utterly worthless now.
And I say that as an EE-rtd who has thought of a re-purpose of it: no way, no how. Few obsoleted devices are as completely useless as LORAN receivers are without those Coast Guard transmitters.
The system fell victim to a lot of political budgetary shenanigans in Congress.
I suspect that losses incurred with the "Deepwater" fleet renewal program may have contributed to the sacrifice of LORAN ( Integrated Deepwater System Program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deepwater (IDSP) was a massively expensive f-up: politics, corruption, incompetence, etc.).
Prior to the relatively swift shutdown order process, system R&D investments were made to actually enhance operation of LORAN (as eLoran) and these improvements were progressing as a viable alternate to GPS/othersatnav systems (see Wiki link below).
Simply put, this is just one example of how having our Coast Guard entangled in the Department of 'Homeland Security', and expending more than half its budget
on the so-called "War on Drugs" (longest, most expensive, losingest 'War' ever), negatively affects the Guards' traditional missions (and I have offspring serving active CG, so my cynical views are my own objective ones only).
LORAN - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In November 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the LORAN-C stations under its control would be closed down for budgetary reasons after January 4, 2010 provided the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
certified that LORAN is not needed as a backup for GPS
On 7 January 2010, Homeland Security
published a notice of the permanent discontinuation of LORAN-C operation. Effective 2000 UTC 8 February 2010, the United States Coast Guard terminated all operation and broadcast of LORAN-C signals in the USA. The U.S. Coast Guard transmission
of the Russian American CHAYKA signal was terminated on 1 August 2010. The transmission
of Canadian LORAN-C signals was terminated on 3 August 2010.