The Gerbrandy Tower ( ) is a
tower which was built in 1961 in the Netherlands. It is situated in IJsselstein.
The Gerbrandy Tower is used for directional
radio services and for FM- and TV-broadcasting. The Gerbrandy Tower
consists of a concrete tower with a height of 100 metres on which a
guyed aerial mast is mounted. Its total height was originally 382.5
meters, but in 1987 it was reduced to 375 meters.On August 2nd,
2007 its analog antenna was replaced by a digital one reducing its
height by another 9 meters. Its height is now 366.8 meters.
Towers of this type do not fit well in existing classification
hierarchies of free standing tower antennas or guyed
masts since they incorporate elements from
both. If the structure is counted as a tower, it is the tallest
tower in Western Europe. The Gerbrandy Tower is not the only tower
which consists of a concrete tower on which a guyed mast is set.
There are at least two similar but smaller towers with the same
structure. One is the radio tower of Zendstation
Smilde (Netherlands), which consists of an 80 meter high
concrete tower, on which a 223.5 meter high guyed mast is
Another example is Waldenburg TV Tower
with a total height
of 145 meters.
During Christmas time lamps are put on the guys and make the tower
the biggest Christmas tree in the world. There were plans to limit
these decorations to once every 5 years, but sponsoring has allowed
the seasonal lighting to be put up every year so far. However at
Christmas 2006, there was no decoration in the mast.
The tower is named after Pieter
minister of the Netherlands
during World War Two
there are two other remarkable masts, the mast of mediumwave
transmitter Lopik and KNMI-mast Cabauw, a mast used for meteorological