Cape Cod National Seashore is pleased to accommodate licensed amateur radio operators wishing to operate in the park. Marconi’s Wireless Station (1901) site is listed as a National Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places (1975) and is now part of Cape Cod National Seashore. On January 18, 1903 Station “CC” made the very first US-EU contact with another Marconi station in Poldhu, England. Messages were exchanged, and soon afterwards commercial operations began in earnest. Following that, “amateurs,” tinkering in garages and basements, began building their own two-way radio equipment and communicated with others first only a few miles away but then across the United States and around the world.
National Seashore administrators and personnel welcome you to this historic area. It will be necessary, however, for all radio amateurs to strictly follow a number of guidelines, as well as obtain permits in advance of operations in certain cases. These restrictions are designed to maximize the success of your operations, plus protect the general public at all times, allow unimpeded use of parking lots, walkways, and viewing areas, and not disturb environmentally sensitive soil and plants. Failure to comply with guidelines or obtain any necessary permits will result in immediate termination of your operations and possible civil and criminal penalties. It also may jeopardize permission for operations by others.
Vehicle only operations are strongly encouraged. In all cases, equipment must be located inside or attached to the vehicle. Antennas with guy wires or radials extending to the ground next to a vehicle are prohibited. Generators are prohibited.