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I don't have any written history on when K4CG was given to the USCG, but K4CG has been with the U.S. Coast Guard for decades and comes to us from Alexandria, VA from what is currently known as TISCOM.  There are many other units at the Alexandria base.  This includes the USCG's "Honor Guard".

TISCOM occupies a 200 acre site six miles south of the City of Alexandria, Virginia. Known as "Hayfield", Virginia, TISCOM’s land was once part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

Lund Washington, George’s third cousin, acquired Hayfield Farm in 1762. The Hayfield Farm Mansion was completely planned and built by George Washington. The farm was passed down through several owners during the 19th century. The Mansion burned down while the property was owned by the Mennonite College of the Brethren.

In 1939, the land was split, with part going to the U.S. Coast Guard. The USCG Washington Radio Station (NMH), known as the "Voice of the Commandant", was moved from nearby Fort Hunt Reservation to Hayfield.

Shortly afterward, the Electronic Engineering Laboratory was established to test submarine cables and grind crystals. During postwar years, responsibilities increased to evaluate new electronics equipment and modify existing equipment for CG use.

The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard was originally established in 1962 at the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD by Presidential Executive Order. In 1965, the Honor Guard moved to Washington Radio Station to provide a high level of ceremonial performance that is required, in a timely manner.

Coast Guard Washington Radio Station was disestablished in 1976 and the unit was renamed Coast Guard Station Alexandria. On 7 April 1993, the United States Coast Guard Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) evolved from the unit’s reorganization.

Thus, the 4-Land callsign.

The station is now located at Coast Guard Island (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coast_Guard_Island) and is on the air. This station includes the call signs of W2AIR, K4CG and W6NMC.

If anyone has information on the history of K4CG, feel free to contact me.

73 de Eric, KB6YNO

President, Coast Guard Island Amateur Radio Club (CGIARC)

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