16 A Visit To The Almaty Television Tower

A Visit To The Almaty Television Tower

Posted on August 2, 2011 by

The Almaty Television Tower was built between 1975 to 1983. It is one of the most seismically stable and tallest buildings in the world. It is the second tallest building in Kazakhstan and 32nd in the world. The tower is located on the slopes of the Kok-Tube at a height of 372m above sea level. To date the tower is closed to tourist. Here is an exclusive view of the tower both from the outside and from within.

TV broadcasts here are still being done in analogue. By 2015, Kazakhstan plans to introduce the new Digital Broadcating technology.The first stage of this transformation begins next year with the installation of transmitters at Almaty, Karaganda and Astana. The tower’s basement is to undergo reconstruction to make the tower capable of transmitting digitally. The situation at the tower remains the same as in the Soviet era. But after the introduction of digital equipment, it will be quite different.

The last transformation at the tower was done in 2002, when equipment was changed from tube to transistor.

Each studio has its own transmitter. Earlier on the studios were located at the second floor. From here popular radio stations used to broadcast. But due to the remoteness of the area, the studios had to move their bases to the city. It turns out that their equipment are located at the tower while the rest of the work is done at a different location.

The On-call or rather Duty Room. Each “Duty-day” is handled by a panel of six workers in four shifts.

An operator on duty. Their work is mainly to make sure that the transmissions run smoothly without any interruption. They also monitor  audio-visual programs to ensure that continuous operation is provided. They check the input and output quality ensuring that weak signals are shifted to a reserve one. Generally, they monitor the smooth functionability of the entire tower.

The remote control for  back-up signal management. Each channel has its own source control.


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16 Responses to “A Visit To The Almaty Television Tower”

  1. Borat would be very proud , where was his office?

  2. Musa says:

    Finnish want to know what the tour guides name and number.

  3. testicules says:

    Everything looks so worn out and old. The floors look terrible. The place is probably filled with asbestos. The workers should revolt and demand better working conditions.

    • Musa says:

      Yeah but the Czech glass is nice.

    • marxistworker says:

      Yes, it’s worn out because when Socialism was abandoned, so was pride in working and technological excellence. No one will listen to workers under capitalism, hence the “I don’t care” attitude.

      • Archy Bunka says:

        A. Bunka here. All over the world in capitalist societies there are beautiful, well maintained towers. Every city in Japan has one. The french have a nice tower I hear. The Empire State Building is as beautiful as the day it went up. Non-sequitur, your facts do not coordinate.

    • (r)evolutionist says:

      You’re turning into a radical? Welcome, Comrade!

  4. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. But can it withstand tornados?

  5. Yojimbo says:

    Good thing that they are getting a new cooling system the heat load generated by all the electronics has to be several hundred BTUs per hour they will need a very well designed system hope they hired some HVAC experts to do that job.

  6. are you kidding says:

    It appears to be poorly constructed and is nothing more than a relic of a bygone era .

  7. SMERSH says:

    Switched from tubes to transistors In 2002? I love it! Soviet engineering soldiers on!

  8. Kazakh girl says:

    Maybe it is really look poor and old but we get used to use all this and actually we proud of that. You talk about new technology of course there are our future but all these stand for many years and still work and it’s surroundings are really awesome.

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