Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Communication Area Master Station
Pacific, Point Reyes
Communication Area Master Station Pacific (CAMSPAC) in Point
Reyes, California, which is involved in handling all ship-to-shore
communications with Coast Guard vessels operating in the Pacific.
The CAMSPAC receiver site near Abbotts Lagoon, along with
its transmitter site in Bolinas, remotely control similar sites
in Honolulu, Guam, and Kodiak, Alaska. Together, they handle
communications for military and civilian vessels throughout the
The Point Reyes Receiver Site and the
Bolinas Transmitter Site together employ 105 people. The Point
Reyes facility has doubled in size since 1997. It controls 53
medium- and high-frequency receivers and 12 antennas at the CAMSPAC
Point Reyes Operations and Receiver Site and CAMSPAC Bolinas
Transmitter Site. Broadcasting is another main task of CAMSPAC.
Twenty high-frequency transmitters in Bolinas, along with others
in Honolulu and Guam, form a network that relays more than 20,000
annual broadcasts throughout the Pacific. Weather data, hydrographic
information, and "Notices to Mariners" are aired. Broadcasts
originate at the Point Reyes facility and are sent to Bolinas
via a microwave relay station above the Point Reyes lighthouse.
Over the course of 1999, CAMSPAC Point Reyes became one of two
Local Control Centers (LCC) for a new Defense Message System.
Along with CAMSPAC Point Reyes, the Coast
Guard has a search-and-rescue station in Bodega Bay, a training
center in Petaluma [Two Rock], and a
housing site in Point Reyes Station. The 37-acre Point Reyes
Housing Site consists mainly of 36 family housing units plus
offices for engineering and supply staffs.
The Point Reyes Peninsula, which juts
into the Pacific Ocean just north of the Golden Gate, has long
been treacherous for ships traveling to and from San Francisco.
One of Americas greatest coastlines, Point Reyes National
Seashore comprises over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres
of wilderness area. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal grasslands,
salt marshes, and coniferous forests combine to create a haven
of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. Point Reyes
National Seashore contains unique elements of biological and
historical interest in a spectacularly scenic panorama of thunderous
ocean breakers, open grasslands, bushy hillsides and forested
ridges. Native land mammals number about 37 species and marine
mammals augment this total by another dozen species. The biological
diversity stems from a favorable location in the middle of California
and the natural occurrence of many distinct habitats. Nearly
20% of the State's flowering plant species are represented on
the peninsula and over 45% of the bird species in North America
have been sighted. The Point Reyes National Seashore was established
by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962.