Big news for those who are still navigating with LORAN-C aboard their boats, as the Coast Guard has announced that the LORAN-C transmission will be discontinued Feb. 8 at 2000 Zulu time (noon Pacific time).
LOng RAnge Navigation, commonly known as LORAN, is a navigational system that uses radio signals to determine your exact position. However, with the popularity and enhanced navigational tools, GPS has pushed LORAN to same fate as the VHS tape. Many older boaters remember plotting on the charts with the TD lines that have been eliminated on the charts. Fishermen loved LORAN-C to find an exact fishing spot, and boaters used LORAN as a backup system to GPS.
Rumors are that some stations may stay online, but do not expect any signals a year from now, except those operating in the Russian, American or Canadian LORAN-C chains in accordance with the international agreements.