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Russian Woodpecker

  1. Russian Woodpecker

    And your neighbors think YOU have a big antenna! Many of you remember hearing the signals that used to come out of Russia that hams "lovingly" called the "woodpecker" . During the 60s and 70s, this over the horizon radar, which was aimed over the north pole to watch for any US missile launches, made quite a racket on the ham bands. Now, here's your chance to take a look at the antenna that was used, which was fed by several 75 KW transmitters.

    http://foto.cqham.ru/showphoto.php?photo=3571
     
  2. Neat, thanks.

    They aren't kidding, either, it really is within spitting distance of the Chernobyl plant. Probably wanted it close to the scientists and power.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=51.266667,30.216667&ie=UTF8&ll=51.305969,30.069162&spn=0.004863,0.013411&t=k&z=17&om=1

    Zoom out a little and go northeast to the lake, at the north end of the lake is the Chernobyl power plant, and at the south end is the city of Chernobyl. Northwest of the plant a mile or three is the city whose name I can't pronounce, and you can see the often photographed ferris wheel near the center of it.
     
  3. Back in the early 1980's we would start a MARS net on a clear quiet frequency. Within 3-5 min there would be all kinds of jamming. We all know how much the MARS nets were a threat to the USSR :rofl: