Wellfleet in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Inspired by short range successes, Marconi gradually increase the distance between transmitters and receivers. In 1895, one mile. In 1899, twenty miles from ship-to-shore. Then across the English Channel. Yet he dreamed of sending telegrams across the ocean.
In December 1901 at his Newfoundland station, Marconi received the first transatlantic signal, the letter “S” (…) tapped out at his English station. Then, on January 18, 1903, he transmitted a 48 word message from here to England, and promptly received a reply. It was the first two-way transoceanic communication, and the first wireless telegram between America and Europe.
[center – caption, picture of Marconi]
Guglielmo Marconi (1847-1937) was an electrical engineer and inventor from Italy, but his work led him to England and America. As a youth he studied the scientific accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.
Above is the text of Marconi’s transmission to England on January 18, 1903, written in morse code by the station operator here. Short vertical marks are “dots”. Beside it is a line-for-line translation, complete with misspellings.
His Majesty Edward VII
In taking advantage of the wonderful triumph of scientific research and ingenuity which has been achieved in perfecting a system of wireless telegraphy I extend on behalf of the American people most cordial greetings and good wishes to you and to all the peopeople of the British Empire
Wellfleet Mass January 19 1903
(shows the alphabet and the digits 0-9 in Morse code)
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 54.838′ N, 69° 58.291′ W. Marker was in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker was on Marconi Station Road. Drive to the end of the Marconi Station Road and park in the lot. Follow the path to the marker. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Wellfleet MA 02667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Transatlantic Wireless Telegraph Station (here, next to this marker); Guglielmo Marconi (within shouting distance of this marker); The Outer Cape: (within shouting distance of this marker); Cape Cod National Sea Shore Marconi Beach (approx. 1.6 miles away); Keeping the Light for 114 Years (approx. 3.8 miles away); Nauset Beach Light Station (approx. 3.8 miles away); The Nauset Lights (approx. 3.8 miles away); Three Sisters Lit the Way (approx. 3.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Guglielmo Marconi. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. WCC (radio station). (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Morse code. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
4. Marconi Company. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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