The Minsk TV Tower is a television tower in the capital of Belarus, Minsk. Located at the address: Minsk, The Communisticheskaya st., 6. In the same place (in the building of the television center) there are the editions of the Belarusian TV channels ONT and STV.
Since January 1, 1956, the Republican television studio has been broadcast from the Minsk television tower. The range of reliable reception reached 70 km.
In 6 of October 1967, the Minsk Television Center for the first time received a full color television signal from Moscow via the SECAM-3B.1 system on the radio relay line, although at that time there were only 5 color TVs in Minsk. Two of them were installed at the Minsk television center to monitor the radio relay line and air, and it was the employees of the television center who were the first to see color television.
Since September 13, 1974 the television center regularly conducts color broadcasts.
By 1976, the radio and TV broadcasting center had already been taken out of town and the tower was used only for the operation of mobile television stations and the transfer of programs from Minsk to a new center. Therefore, it was decided to use it also to create a republican radiotelephone connection in the capital. To do this, the tower was shortened by almost 40 meters by conducting a unique operation on the morning of July 13 – a helicopter was hanging over the tower, installers fastened the cables and a minute later the machine lifted the section and transferred it to a specially equipped site in the Komsomolskoye Lake area. Although it was possible to dismantle using the “creeping” crane used in such cases, it would take a lot of time and, besides, it was practically impossible to lift a multiton load to such a height. Therefore, for the first time in Minsk, this operation was undertaken by the MI-10K helicopter intended for installation works (this work was carried out by an experienced Moscow crew consisting of F. Belushkin, N. Seliverstov, G. Provalov and lead engineer A. Chubarev). Further, at an altitude of about 160 meters, a 20-meter diameter pad was mounted, which consisted of 8 five-ton petals, on which the antennas necessary for the operation of the new type of communication were installed.