"The World's Greatest Coastal Station" with Ed Moxon
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center welcomes its Chief Historian Edwin Moxon, PhD for the premiere of a special centennial program.
This year, the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum celebrates the final of three consecutive centennials historically important to both Cape Cod and America. On December 1, 1919 the Chatham wireless station was one of only five properties that constituted the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) on its first day of business. RCA went on to become a pillar of 20th Century American industry. On May 17, 1920 RCA inaugurated service at its new Chatham station WSO, finally realizing Guglielmo Marconi?s dream of sustainable trans-Atlantic communication. And on April 18, 1921, RCA?s Chatham station was converted from trans-Atlantic service to maritime ship-to-shore operations. Established under ?RCA Special Order 138?, newly commissioned radio station WCC went on to become the largest US coastal station in the marine service. Our speaker will share his knowledge of this pivotal era in the history of communication that put Chatham at the forefront as ?The World?s Greatest Coastal Station?, and is featured in a new exhibit Chatham Maritime Radio - 1921.
Edwin (Ed) Moxon is a retired electrical engineer who returned to the Cape in 2004 after a career in research and manufacturing. He holds a PhD from MIT in the field of communication and has a keen interest in the history of radio and of Chatham station WCC. Ed joined Chatham Marconi in 2003, was elected a Director in 2005, and served as Secretary from 2007 to 2010. His work on exhibits and research into wireless technology history began with the 2010 opening of the museum and continues today.
About the Chatham Marconi Speaker Series
Programs are presented on Thursday evenings during the Summer, and on the first Thursday of each month from October through May. Subjects are drawn from the resources of the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum, the STEM After Hours program, or member-suggested topics related to its mission. For the foreseeable future the series will be presented virtually, or if conditions permit in a hybrid format with a limited live audience.