Welcome to S.F.’s Highest Point

Sutro Tower is the Bay Area’s most visible icon. Antennas on the 977-foot-high steel tower safely deliver clear signals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for television and radio stations; essential communication services for public safety, transportation and other agencies or private providers; and unique, non-stop transmission opportunities for emerging technologies.

Sutro Tower is used by 11 television stations, four FM radio stations, satellite and cable providers, and nearly two dozen public and commercial wireless communication services. Signals originate from each TV station’s studio, are delivered to the Sutro Tower transmission building by microwave or fiber optic cable, amplified in its transmitter equipment and sent up the tower to the antenna, which transmits the signal throughout the region.

Sutro Tower is owned by Sutro Tower Inc., which manages the structure and the leasing and use of its spaces.

What’s New

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    MARCH 6: Amber Zertuche's Burton High School physics class visits Sutro Tower
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    MARCH 6: Amber Zertuche's Burton High School physics class visits Sutro Tower
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    MARCH 6: Amber Zertuche's Burton High School physics class visits Sutro Tower
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    OCTOBER 30: Workers scraping rust at Level 2 during annual maintenance.
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    OCTOBER 30: Workers scraping rust at Level 2 during annual maintenance.
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    JULY 8: Photo contest winner Darwin Bell with his prize, a model of the tower.
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    JULY 8: Photo contest winner Voltaire Yap with Sutro GM Eric Dausman.
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    JULY 3: Supervisor Norman Yee and interns at "top of the tower" backdrop.
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    JULY 3: Former Mayor Willie Brown speaks at the 40th anniversary party.
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    JULY 3: Guests enjoy barbecue at the 40th anniversary party.
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    JULY 3: Souvenir mugs at the 40th anniversary party.
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    JULY 3: GM Eric Dausman and 40th anniversary cake.
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    MAY 18: Eighty people and five dogs came to Sutro Tower's neighborhood open house.
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    MAY 18: Neighbors study Sutro Tower's application to add new antennas.
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    MAY 18: Edith Fried, 98, the oldest visitor at the neighborhood open house.
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    MARCH 1: SF State University Professor Hao Jiang's class for electrical engineering seniors visits Sutro Tower.
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    SEPT 21, 2012:  When the Space Shuttle Endeavor was flown over San Francisco on a 747, it was eye-level with a camera on top of Sutro Tower.
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    SEPT 30 2012: Sutro Tower's community support: meeting the neighbors at the Midtown Terrace block party.