Tower of Power (transmitter)

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Tower of Power
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General information
Type Communications tower
Location Quezon City, Philippines
Coordinates 14°40′10.62″N 121°03′00.22″E / 14.6696167°N 121.0500611°E / 14.6696167; 121.0500611Coordinates: 14°40′10.62″N 121°03′00.22″E / 14.6696167°N 121.0500611°E / 14.6696167; 121.0500611
Construction started October 7, 1987
Completed October 1988
Opening November 7, 1988
Owner GMA Network, Inc.
Height
Antenna spire 236.8 m (777 ft)

Tower of Power is a 777 ft (236.8 m), 100,000 watt TPO transmitter of GMA Network located in Tandang Sora, Barangay Culiat, Quezon City. It serves as a transmitter facility for both GMA, GMA News TV and Barangay LS 97.1.[1]

History[edit]

The Tower of Power was constructed on a huge vacant lot in the 3rd Quarter of 1987, as a new edifice for the network and for the preparation for Rainbow Satellite broadcast to replace an old surplus 50-kilowatt transmitter located at the old RBS building in EDSA, and to clear TV and FM reception. The transmitter's construction uses 600 tons of steel from a local steel mill, costing 170 billion pesos for the building of this transmitter. Antennas are also provided to enhance signal strength. After several months of planning, the transmitter completed in October 1988 and on November 7, 1988, the transmitter was opened by then President Corazon Aquino and the GMA Network board of directors. A grand TV special was started after the inauguration. The slogan GMA-7-POWER was used from November 7 to December 1, 1988 as a station ID.

Features[edit]

The transmitter[edit]

The Tower of Power uses its high-gain corner reflector antennas to produce a wide coverage of VHF TV reception in Metro Manila, Region 3 (Central Luzon) and 4-A (CALABARZON). It is including Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Quezon, Aurora and Rizal in both grades A and B for the broadcasts of DZBB-TV and DZOE-TV.

For FM radio, DWLS's signal strength utilized by a circular bay Jampro FM antenna provides listeners with clear FM reception of 25 kilowatts and to spread out in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as well.

It also serves as a repeater for the transmissions of Channel 27 in Cebu and Davao to relay Channel 11's programs.

The transmitter facility[edit]

The transmitter facility houses both DZBB-TV, DZOE-TV and DWLS containing sets of transmitter equipment imported by Harris and RCA of the United States, and Japan's JVC. At the same time, the satellite downlink facility housed all satellite broadcasts directly to the United States and other countries to produce foreign programs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pres. Aquino switched GMA-7's 'Power Tower, Manila Standard, November 7, 1988

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