Wellfleet in Barnstable County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Inspired by short range successes, Marconi gradually increase the distance between transmitters and receivers. In 1895, one mile. In 1899, twenty miles from ship-to-shore. Then across the English Channel. Yet he dreamed of sending telegrams across the ocean.
In December 1901 at his Newfoundland station, Marconi received the first transatlantic signal, the letter “S” (Ö) tapped out at his English station. Then, on January 18, 1903, he transmitted a 48 word message from here to England, and promptly received a reply. It was the first two-way transoceanic communication, and the first wireless telegram between America and Europe.
[center – caption, picture of Marconi]
Guglielmo Marconi (1847-1937) was an electrical engineer and inventor from Italy, but his work led him to England and America. As a youth he studied the scientific accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.
[right - below a hand written note]
Above is the text of Marconiís transmission to England on January 18, 1903, written in morse code by the station operator here. Short vertical marks
His Majesty Edward VII
In taking advantage of the wonderful triumph of scientific research and ingenuity which has been achieved in perfecting a system of wireless telegraphy I extend on behalf of the American people most cordial greetings and good wishes to you and to all the peopeople of the British Empire
Wellfleet Mass January 19 1903
(shows the alphabet and the digits 0-9 in Morse code)
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 41° 54.838′ N, 69° 58.291′ W. Marker is in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County. Marker is on Marconi Station Road. Touch for map. Drive to the end of the Marconi Station Road and park in the lot. Follow the path to the marker. Marker is in this post office area: Wellfleet MA 02667, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marconi Wireless Station (here, next to this marker); Cape Cod National Sea Shore Marconi Beach (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Nauset Lights (approx. 3.8 miles away); Three Sisters Lit the Way Pushed Back by the Sea (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Long, Black Cable (approx. 3.9 miles away); Doane Rock (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Life Savers (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wellfleet.
Also see . . .
1. Guglielmo Marconi. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
2. WCC (radio station). (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. Morse code. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
4. Marconi Company. (Submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • Communications • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 286 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2014, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.