Rocky Point in Suffolk County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1902 Guglielmo Marconi set up a communications station and training school for wireless shipto shore communications with ships approaching New York harbor. The facility was in operation for five years in Babylon, N. Y. This building housed the spark gap transmitting equipment.
In 1930, radio pioneer, Edwin Armstrong, purchased the building and gave it to the RCA Radio Central Transmitting Station in Rocky Point as an historical artifact. Upon closing of Radio Central, ownership was officially given to the Rocky Point School District in May of 1969.
The building is maintained and restored by members of the Rocky Point Historical Society. Restoration was also completed by the Vincent Landi Sons of Italy Lodge. The building is used twice a year by members of the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club in April to celebrate Marconis birthday, and in October to celebrate the official opening of Radio Central at Rocky Point.
Erected by Rocky Point Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, Rocky Point NY 11778, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Near This Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); Josiah Woodhull House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Longwood Estate (approx. 5.3 miles away); Harness Track (approx. 5.3 miles away); Bicycle Path (approx. 5.4 miles away); Wading River Radio Station (approx. 5˝ miles away); Camp Upton (approx. 5.7 miles away); George Washington (approx. 5.9 miles away).
More about this marker. The Marconi shack and marker are located on the grounds of the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, right by the entrance. This marker replaces an earlier, less detailed marker that the Rocky Point Historical Society installed on the side of the building in 2006. It is unclear when exactly the current version was installed.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Birth of the American Wireless
Also see . . . Historic Sites. Rocky Point Historical Society website entry (Submitted on May 27, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.