Duga Radar, the Russian Woodpecker

DUGA_Radar_Array_near_Chernobyl,_Ukraine_2014ЗГРЛС Дуга-1 – Duga-1 Radar

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Visited 2014 + 2015

Duga (NATO reporting name Steel Yard) was a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from July 1976 to December 1989. Two operational Duga radars were deployed, one near Chernobyl and Chernihiv in the Ukraine, the other in eastern Siberia.

The Duga systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MW in some cases, and broadcast in the shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise at 10 Hz, which led to it being nicknamed by shortwave listeners the Russian Woodpecker. The random frequency hops disrupted legitimate broadcast, amateur radio, commercial aviation communications, utility transmissions, and resulted in thousands of complaints by many countries worldwide. The signal became such a nuisance that some receivers such as amateur radios and televisions actually began including ‘Woodpecker Blankers’ in their design.

The unclaimed signal was a source for much speculation, giving rise to theories such as Soviet mind control and weather control experiments. However, many experts and amateur radio hobbyists quickly realized it to be an over-the-horizon radar system. NATO military intelligence had already photographed the system and given it the NATO reporting name Steel Yard. This theory was publicly confirmed after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
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  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna
  • Duga Russian Woodpecker Radar Antenna