Chatham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The 1914 Marconi Radio Station Complex
Chatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail
— Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
Imagine what it was like at the turn of the 20th century, when ships left port with no way to communicate with land. On this trail, you will walk in the footsteps of pioneers in radio technology who created a wireless lifeline for those at sea. The trail will take you through part of a 30 acre antenna field, a key feature of the station.
The antennas consisted of wires, suspended high above the ground, oriented to receive radio waves from around the world. As you climb the hill, you will see remains of vertical supports which held the antennas.
The earliest antennas and the receiving station here in Chatham, along with the transmitting station in Marion, MA, were built in 1914 to provide commercial radio service between the U.S. and Norway by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America. Its successor, the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), put the station into service after WWI and it soon became the world's greatest coastal station.
Erected by Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 847 Orleans Road, Chatham MA 02633, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Antenna Trail Exhibits (here, next to this marker); Operations Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Radio/WCC (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Receiving Antennas (within shouting distance of this marker); “Marconi T” Antenna (within shouting distance of this marker); Employee Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aerial View of the Marconi-RCA Complex, circa 1930 (about 400 feet away); The Nickerson Family (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
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