Naval Communications Station San Diego (NPL)

On May 12, 1906, Navy Radio Station, San Diego commenced ship to shore wireless telegraph operations, handling 3,000 messages in its first year. By 1916, communications had become a key component of the new era of growing sea power. 

Naval Radio Station receivers and the Comm Center were originally at Point Loma. In 1917 Chollas Heights became the Transmitter Site. In 1922 the Comm Center was moved to downtown San Diego and in 1947 Imperial Beach became the Receiving Site.

In 1953, the command was renamed Naval Communications Station, San Diego. This new title reflected a growing mission and increased technical responsibilities. In 1966, the station established the Automated Digital Network (AUTODIN), the most advanced messaging system of its time. By 1989, the station had seen tremendous growth in its role as a leader in Naval telecommunications, delivering over 48 million messages in that year alone. 

Today it is the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station San Diego located on NAS North Island.

Photos and equipment displayed at the NCTS San Diego Museum

Thanks for a very interesting visit

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Mike Wickersham & Nick England with CDR Kelvin McGhee, CO, NCTS San Diego
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Nick & Mike in ADM Grace Murray Hopper Museum
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ADM Hopper's legendary one nanosecond long wires
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NAVCOMMSTA San Diego Photos

"Decoding"
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GS-6 James N. Hall "Military and Civilian Working Together"
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RM3 Audrey Tittle "Routing Message Traffic"
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"Communication Center Fellowship"
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Communication Center 1948
"Message Center Operatons"
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"Typing Up a Message To Transmit"
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AN/UGC-6 Teletype, Oscilloscope, and Frequency Counter
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RMSB Douglas C Derrick "Duplicating Message for Routing"
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Secondary Fleet Broadcast Operating Console in Message Center, May 1956
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Secondary Fleet Broadcast Operating Console in Message Center, May 1956
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E.J. Dubree, Teleman Apprentice, Operating Ship-to-Shore Teletype, May 1956
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Wave CWO at Communications Center, WW II
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RM3 James A Collins "Slotting Data Cards for Distribution"
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RM2 Duplicating Messages to Route
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CW Fleet Broadcast Console with Wheatstone Perforator, Boehme Keyer, and three RD-110/U Ink Recorders
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Message Center, 1969
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"Military and Civilian Routing Message Traffic"
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Tuning AN/FRR-23 HF Receivers - 1950s
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Message Center Operator Butterflying a Tape, 1970s
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RMC D'Amico and RMCS Taylor Inspecting Troops - Retirement July 1978
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"Communication Center"
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"Receiving Equipment, 1950s"
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Chollas Heights Photos - See also Chollas Heights Info and Photo Page

First High Power Electron Tube Transmitter - Chollas Heights 80KW - Installed 1926, 100KW 1935
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100KW Tube Transmitter, Chollas Heights 1935
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100KW Tube Transmitter, Chollas Heights 1935
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"Power Supply"
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1939 Wartime Emergency Radio Receiving Facilities, Chollas Heights
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Chollas Heights Power House Main Board, Nov. 1919
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"Transmitting and Receiving, Chollas Heights"
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Message Center, Teletype Circuit, Chollas Heights
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Chollas Heights Motor-Generators, 1939
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Point Loma Photos

Point Loma 1927, Chief Operator's Desk
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"Communications Station During WW II" - (shows DF equipment?) 
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Direction Finder (Radio Compass) Equipment, Point Loma, WW II
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Traffic Chief's Desk, Point Loma, 1927
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"Message Reproduction and Distribution, Point Loma 1927" (???)
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Customer Service Window (Inside)
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Long Beach Photos

"Sending Out Data on Cards", NTCC Long Beach
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OCR Equipment NTCC Long Beach, Bldg 1, Naval Station
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DCT 9000 Equipment, NTCC Long Beach, Bldg 1, Naval Station
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DCT 9000 Equipment, NTCC Long Beach, Bldg 1, Naval Station
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April 1982 Inspection, NTCC Long Beach
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"Distributing Message Traffic, Long Beach NTCC"
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GS-5 Edna L Kemmerer, "Preparing Message to Send Out, Long Beach NTCC"
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"WAVE decoding and matching messages, Long Beach NTCC" (???)
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Other Locations

"Air Traffic Control Room, West Coast Region, Early 1940s"
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"ARC-27 Rack, Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, 1953"
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US Navy Electronics Laboratory 1929
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Memorabilia from NRRF Imperial Beach

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Miscellaneous Displays

Teletype Model 35
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T-827J/URT HF Exciter
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R-1051B/URR HF Receiver
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Speed Key - Last Use was on COMSEVENTHFLT Hi-Speed Circuit,  December 1965
- donated by Rodney M. Cupples, RMC USN (Ret)
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RBC/RBB/RBA Receivers
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Lamp from Chollas Heights Tower
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Plaque from NAVCOMMSTA San Francisco
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Museum Opening 11/7/2002
CAPT Susan S Jannuzzi
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CDR Tracy Hines (NCTS SD CO 1/2014-3/2016) started her career at NRRF Imperial Beach -1986 photo on left (RM3), 2016 photo on right (CDR)
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