National Register of Historic Places in Marin County

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National Register #100002109
RCA Receiving Station
AKA Station KET
17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Point Reyes National Seashore
Built 1930

In the 1920s, the development of shortwave stations was spurred by the discovery that shortwave wireless technology was more efficient and economical than Marconi's longwave technology. Businesses, governments and private citizens who wanted to send a transoceanic message relied on shortwave transmissions. The Point Reyes receiving station is a rare example of a shortwave wireless station from the interwar period. The RCA Transmitting Station in Bolinas is the only other known extant example.

Three Art Deco buildings were erected by RCA in 1930: a receiving building, a garage, and a utility building. An antenna field surrounds the buildings. Wooden frames support the lines that stretch between the antennas and the buildings.

The receiving building contains the original electronic equipment which is maintained and operated by the Maritime Radio Historical Society.

The Bolinas Transmitting Station and the Point Reyes Receiving Station are the only Art Deco buildings in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2018.

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