MSC Siasconset

The station at Siasconset, MA is considered to be the first permanent Marconi wireless coast station in the US.  As a Marconi station it used the call sign MSC.  

The station gained fame on 23 January 1909 when MSC operator Jack Irwin copied the CQD sent by White Star liner SS REPUBLIC after it was in a collision with SS FLORIDA in dense fog.  Jack Binns, later assigned as Radio Officer aboard RMS TITANIC/MGY, was the operator aboard SS REPUBLIC.

When RMS TITANIC struck an iceberg and sank on 14 April 1912 MSC operator Matt Tierney was the first coast station to receive the CQD/SOS signals from the ship.

But MSC is also famous for being the station at which a young David Sarnoff stood one of his first radio watches.  Sarnoff was trained by MSC operator Jack Irwin to replace him when he was away on sea duty.

In the photos below we see the station as it looked in its prime.  And we see the windows through which Irwin, Tierney and Sarnoff gazed when they were on duty there.



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Postcard view of the station.  Note the spelling of the station name.

Here's an excellent view of the station and its classic flat top antenna.  The bottom spar was 77ft long, the topmast was 68ft and the topgallant was 45ft.

Here's a closeup view of one end of the antenna showing the spreader.

A postcard view of the station, this time with the name spelled correctly.

A view of the station taken from across the rural dirt road.

Here's the famous photo of David "Davey" Sarnoff at the key at MSC.  Note the antenna wire leading up to Sarnoff's right, the wall to his left and the window before him.

A rear view of the station shows windows with the same number and configuration of panes as in the Sarnoff photo as well as the antenna downlead and the antenna insulator in the wall of the building.

A closeup view shows the window through which Sarnoff and the operators viewed the outside world while on duty.  With reference to the interior photo as a guide it seems that the rightmost window in this view is the one in front of David Sarnoff in the earlier photo.