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.
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.
No Permit Required
A permit is required for vehicle only operations when a group/club of three or more operators is in three or more vehicles. One operator should apply for the permit, giving contact information, describing the nature and size of the group/club, and specifying dates, time periods, and specific locations for which a permit is requested. The permit, when issued, will designate a specific parking lot or other location in the National Seashore where operations may take place.
Outside vehicle operations at the Marconi Wireless Station site
A wooden viewing platform is located next to the actual site where Marconi Station “CC” once existed, though almost the entire site itself has fallen onto the beach due to cliff erosion. Radio amateurs may make use of this particular platform for purposes of NPOTA operations. However, the following special guidelines must be strictly adhered to at all times.
No Permit Required
No permit is required for operations at the Marconi Wireless Station site if ALL these conditions are met:
Operation at Other Park Locations
Vehicle Only Operations
Contact for Permits, Other Questions
Concessions Management Specialist
Last updated: February 22, 2018