Inverness in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Providing Global Communications
Point Reyes Receiving Station
Station KET operated point-to-point services at this site beginning in 1931 through receivers affectionately know as "Green Giants." In 1946, ship-to-shore Morse station KPH relocated here and continued commercial operations until 1998.
KPH received one of the first standard three letter call signs in the United States in 1904 when it was located at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. KPH was acquired by Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America in 1912. Two years later Guglielmo Marconi completed a new long-wave receiving station on Tomales Bay, as well as a state-of-the-art transmitting station in Bolinas. The stations successfully made the first wireless transmission across the Pacific that same year, opening up instant communications to Hawaii for the first time, a boon for business and news. The stations were acquired by the newly formed RCA following WWI.
Erected by National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore.
Location. 38° 5.499′ N, 122° 56.772′ W. Marker is in Inverness, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (County Route A109 at milepost 34.2) near North District Operations Center Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Inverness CA 94937, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. AT&T & RCA Receiving Stations (a few steps from this marker); Portus Novae Albionus Nova Albion (approx. 4½ miles away); Getting to Marconi (approx. 5.2 miles away); Beryl and Leonard Buck Hall (approx. 5.2 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 6.8 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 6.8 miles away); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
More about this marker. KMI & KPH Receiving Stations are located in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Also see . . . Maritime Radio Historical Society. Who are we... Let's be honest... We're a bunch of radio squirrels. And very lucky radio squirrels at that. We inhereted the last remaining Morse code coast station in North America. It was off the air but it was an intact time capsule.
Visit Us... The KPH receive site is open for visitors every Saturday and Sunday from 1200 to 1700 local time. Wisitors are welcome! The receive site is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in the Point Reyes National Seashore, just past G Ranch on the way to the lighthouse. Whisper "True Believer" when you visit for access to our Treasure Room! (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.