Chatham in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Aerial View of the Marconi-RCA Complex, circa 1930
Chatham Radio WCC – Receiving Station – Antenna Field Trail
— Chatham Marconi Maritime Center —
At the foot of the trail is the Marconi/RCA receiving station complex, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station is significant for its engineering , its architecture, and its long and distinguished role in the history of wireless communication. The original ten buildings remain architecturally unchanged , making this site a rare example of an early wireless station.
The early blueprint shows two 1914 Marconi horizontal antennas. The six X symbols indicate the steel tubular masts, built to support a mile long receiving antenna. The dash-dot-dash line in the middle of the blueprint shows a balancing aerial. This aerial, or antenna, supported by six six steel lattice towers, was designed to keep strong signals from the Marion transmitter from interfering with weak signals coming from Norway. Three of the lattice towers remain on the site – one near the road in front of the operating building and two across the road.
In view through the pitch pines and oak trees is Stillwater Pond, one of Chatham’s kettle ponds, formed as the Laurentine ice sheet retreated 12,000 years ago.
Erected by Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications.
Location. 41° 42.171′ N, 69° 58.937′ W. Marker is in Chatham, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Orleans Road (Massachusetts Route 28) 0.1 miles west of Old Comers Road. The marker is located within the Antenna Field Trail of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. 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. Historic Receiving Antennas (within shouting distance of this marker); Antenna Trail Exhibits (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The 1914 Marconi Radio Station Complex (about 400 feet away); Operations Building (about 500 feet away); Chatham Radio/WCC (about 600 feet away); “Marconi T” Antenna (about 600 feet away); Employee Residence (about 700 feet away); The Nickerson Family (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
Also see . . . Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. (Submitted on November 7, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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