WSE Sea Gate Radio

Marconi’s Sea Gate station at Coney Island opened January 19, 1906 with call letters “SE.”

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This New York Times article dated 20 January 1906 gives a brief description of the station.  Note the mention of other stations in the Marconi system.

Post card photo of Seagate Radio produced by the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper.

The New York Times article says the station was built as part of the Sea Gate gatehouse.  But the following photos show the station to be removed from the gate house itself.

Marconi operator Charles Weaver (with radio cat) and Marconi telegraph operator Frank A. Hart stand before the station in 1913.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

Note the antenna lead in cones and compare them to the ones shown at MSC Siasconset also in the Historic Coast Stations section.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

Like all communications facilities, Sea Gate Radio was taken over by the Navy for the Great War.  This Navy photo shows the exterior of the building in 1918.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

Here's the Marconi rotary gap transmitter shown during the time of Navy operation.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

This is a rare interior view of the Marconi rotary gap transmitter shown with the spark chamber cover removed.  Note the thickness of the sound insulation.

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Here's the receiving position with what appears to be a straight tuner with no audio stage.  But what's all the stuff in the foreground?  It looks like antenna wire and insulators.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

In this close up we see the two lead in insulators from the cones outside and the antenna switch.

Photo courtesy of George Flanagan, W2KRM

Undated radiogram from SS LENAPE via WSE