The Millennium Transmitter at night. 2012
|Alternative names||ABS-CBN Tower|
|Location||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Completed||March 21, 1969|
|Antenna spire||219.5 m (720 ft)|
The Millennium Transmitter is a 720 ft (219.5 m), 346.2 kilowatt ERP transmitter of ABS-CBN Corporation located at the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center, Mother Ignacia Street corner Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, Quezon City. It serves as a transmitter facility for both ABS-CBN and S+A.
The Millennium Transmitter also called ABS-CBN Tower was constructed at the corner of Mother Ignacia Street and Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, within the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Centre. It began in the third quarter of 1968, the transmitter is located in a vacant lot and lasted for months to completion. On March 21, 1969, the transmitter began transmitting television programs and also used to beam color broadcasts in Metro Manila, and to nearby provinces. After law was declared on September 21, 1972, as ABS-CBN suspended their operations in the following day and at the same time, it was sold to the crony-owned BBC-2 from 1973 to 1979 and GTV/MBS-4 from 1974 to 1992 used to beam channel 2's and channel 4's programs. When the EDSA Revolution happened, both the transmitter and Broadcast Plaza are stormed by the reformist rebels as escalating battle occurred on February 24, 1986. After the revolution, the transmitter was returned to the original owner to re-air channel 2.
Its former height is 650 ft (198.1 m), until the time when ABS-CBN started a major reconstruction and rehabilitation of the whole transmitter, which includes the changing of its previously used cylinder antennas to even more powerful dipole antennas with reflector, and increase of its height which was finished by the 3rd quarter of 2009.
The Millennium Transmitter uses its newly installed dipole antennas with reflector, and UHF panel antennas for wide coverage of VHF and UHF TV reception in Metro Manila some nearby provinces in both grades A and B, for the broadcasts of DWWX-TV and DWAC-TV respectively.
The Transmitter Facility
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