LORAN Station, Searchlight Nevada

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USCG LORAN Station Searchlight Nevada

LORAN Stations – United States Coast Guard


All 24 LORAN (Long Range Aid to Navigation) Stations ceased transmitting on February 8, 2010 due to budget cuts and the changing technology, namely GPS (Global Positioning System) satellites.

There were two LORAN stations located in Nevada, one in Fallon and one 13 miles south of Searchlight.  The Searchlight, NV station started broadcasting signals in 1976 as part of the west coast chain of signaling stations used by boats and ships for navigation.  People would have triangulated the signals from the LORAN stations in Searchlight and Fallon to calculate their position at sea.  Today, the same information is available instantly with GPS.



Click on the image below to view a 90 second video (on another website) produced by "Defense Video and Imagery”. It’s an excellent narrated video clip talking about the LORAN Station and showing some of the interior shortly before it was decommissioned. Use the “back” button on your browser to return to the LORAN information page.


Also near the bottom of this page is a link to our “slide show”.

In 2012 we visited the area behind the LORAN Station looking for a rock art site that was supposedly in the area. We drove past the station and at that time the antennas and buildings were still in place, but I decided not to go into facility because of the “NO Trespassing” signs. When we went back in early 2014, the buildings and signs were still there, but the antenna array was gone. It was also evident that nobody was paying attention to the signs because of all the ATV tracks. I did walk the road and photograph the exterior of the station starting at the front of the building going clockwise around it. As much as I would have liked to photograph the interior, I decided not to push my luck to see if any of the doors were unlocked.



To view my "LORAN Station" Slide Show click below


The exterior shots of the station can be viewed in my regular slide show format by clicking anywhere within the text of this sentence.


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