Marconi calling

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The Lizard wireless station at Bass Point, near Lizard Point, was the home and centre of Marconi’s groundbreaking experiments in the early 20th century.

Originally set up to supply a ship-to-shore radio service for ships passing Lizard Point, in 1901 Marconi set the distance record for a wireless signal transmission of 186 miles, sent from the Isle of Wight. On 18 April 1910 the station became the first coast station to receive an SOS call from the ship the 'Minnehaha'.

The station today

The wireless station, housed in the original buildings, was restored by us in 2001 and is now fitted with a spark transmitter and cohere receiver to look as it did in 1901. The station is lovingly looked after by a group of our volunteers and amateur radio enthusiasts who open the station through the year and demonstrate the use of the various pieces of equipment to visitors. Please check our opening hours before you make the journey.

The two huts are located on the South West Coast Path about a mile east of Lizard Point and visitors are often taken by surprise by how unimposing the structures are, considering their historical significance. The huts are split between the station and Marconi and his team’s living quarters, which have been updated and turned into a unique holiday cottage.

Marconi at Poldhu

The wireless station also served as a research centre and a monitoring station for Marconi's experiments at Poldhu Cove near Mullion. Marconi conducted a number of his experiments there including his historic first transatlantic signal transmission, which was picked up in Newfoundland. The Marconi Centre at Poldhu, built to commemorate the importance of that historical day in December 1901, is open throughout the year.