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Vallejo in Solano County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

First Wireless Station

 
 
First Wireless Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2009
1. First Wireless Station Marker
Inscription. On a hill 300 feet south of this point, the first naval wireless station on the Pacific Coast was erected in 1904.

Plaque erected in Sept 1954
 
Erected 1954.
 
Location. 38° 5.094′ N, 122° 15.959′ W. Marker is in Vallejo, California, in Solano County. Marker is on Club Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vallejo CA 94592, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Peter's Chapel (approx. 0.7 miles away); German Marder and Torpedo (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fourth Marine Division Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Large Carved Eagle (Wood) (approx. one mile away); Vallejo As State Capital (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Alibi Clock (approx. 1.2 miles away); Red Men's Hall (approx. 1.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vallejo.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a monument on Club Drive, a few hundred feet short of the entrance to the Mare Island Golf Club, at the point where Club Drive turns east when going uphill towards the golf club.
 
Regarding First Wireless Station.
New First Wireless Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, November 13, 2014
2. New First Wireless Station Marker
This marker has been replaced some time in the last five years. This is the new one.


The location 300 feet south of the marker is now a parking lot.

"April, 1903: The Mare Island Naval Station first employs wireless. It employs a Slaby Arco 2kw open gap spark transmitter located in the former homing pigeon loft....November, 1904: The Mare Island and the San Francisco Navy stations begin regular weather broadcasts by radio telegraph."- A CHRONOLOGY of WIRELESS and RADIO on the WEST COAST, by Bart Lee


The Mare Island radio station played a key role in maintaining communications between San Francisco and the rest of the country after the earthquake and fire of April 17, 1906. "The Navy radio stations played a major role in providing this means of remaining in touch with the outside world. As soon as it was realized that this was the city's sole rapid contact with the outside, they were flooded with messages from military and municipal authorities and the general public. In about 2 weeks the Chicago sent and received over 1,000 messages. The naval radio station on Yerba Buena Island was fully occupied acting as a relay between the Chicago and the station at the Mare Island Navy Yard which provided telegraphic connection with the rest of the country." - Captain Linwood S. Howeth, USN (Retired), History of Communications-Electronics in the United States Navy
 
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First Wireless Station Marker - Closeup of Centennial Seal image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2009
3. First Wireless Station Marker - Closeup of Centennial Seal
The marker is located on the grounds of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, which closed in 1996. The marker was erected in 1954 as part of the Shipyard's centennial celebrations. The picture above is a closeup of the Shipyard's centennial seal, with the top half inscribed "Mare Island Centennial", with the date 1854 below next to a naval ship of the era, and the bottom half inscibed "September 16-17-18-19 1954", directly below a depiction of a modern warship.
 Wireless Speech Flies to Pacific. The New York Times' September 30, 1915 article on the successful transmission of wireless telephone messages from the United States Naval Radio Station at Arlington to the Naval Radio Station at Mare Island. "The demonstration was the result of experiments that had been in progress for some time, and their success is expected to have a revolutionary influence on communication between American naval vessels and shore stations. By means of this apparatus, which will probably be installed at all naval radio stations, it is expected that officers of the navy, on land, will be able to carry on wireless telephone conversations with officers at sea...." (Submitted on December 30, 2009.) 
 
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First Wireless Station Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 29, 2009
4. First Wireless Station Marker - Wide View
 
 
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