OVERVIEW OF EXHIBIT GALLERIES
In 1914, Guglielmo Marconi built a high powered wireless station in Massachusetts. The receivers were here in Chatham and the transmitters were forty miles west, in Marion. The station was paired with a station in Norway to provide wireless communication between the two continents, using Morse code. That plan was interrupted by World War I. After the war, the station was bought by RCA and, except during World War II, stayed in operation as a wireless maritime station for over seventy years until 1997. During the war it was operated by the Navy as a key listening station for Nazi U-boat traffic.
This exhibit gallery tells the story of the station from its construction in 1914 to its closing in 1997.
As you tour the station you will discover its "Untold Story”
From the beginning of wireless communication in the 1890s there has been a steady evolution in wireless technology. In the last few decades that steady evolution has become explosive.
This exhibit gallery tells the story of some of the more recent and intriguing uses of wireless technology, and features the UniGuide Audio Tour using your smartphone. Click here to learn more about using UniGuide and installing the App onto your smartphone before you visit.
This 650 foot long trail takes you to the top of the hill behind the station. On the way you will learn about some of the many antennas that were used over the life of the station. You will be able see the base of the 360 foot antenna mast that was installed with five others when the station was built and you will have several vistas of the surrounding area.