St John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
First Transatlantic Wireless Signal
Canadian Marconi Company
to the government and people of Newfoundland to commemorate an outstanding event in the history of Newfoundland and a new era in world communications
The first transatlantic wireless signal was received by Guglielmo Marconi on December 12, 1901 on this spot.
Erected by Canadian Marconi Company.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1600.
Location. 47° 34.23′ N, 52° 40.864′ W. Marker is in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). Marker is on Signal Hill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fever Hospital (here, next to this marker); Transatlantic Radio Signals (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Signal Hill (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Cabot Tower (about 90 meters away); Peacetime UseNoon Day Gun (about 90 meters away); Fishery (about 90 meters away); Swiling (about 90 meters away).
More about this marker. This marker is locate in the parking lot of Signal Hill National Historic Site.
Also see . . . Dec 12, 1901: Marconi sends first Atlantic wireless transmission - This Day in History. Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message--simply the Morse-code signal for the letter "s"--traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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