Russian Woodpecker

During our time inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, we got to explore this DUGA site.  DUGA was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar system used as an Soviet Union missile defense warning radar network.  They used this to watch for and track potential NATO missiles.  They had two of these in Ukraine (Chernobyl & Chernihiv) and one in eastern Siberia.

It earned the nickname of Russian Woodpecker because it would make sharp, repetitive tapping noises across shortwaves.  So amateur radio operators would have to deal with the tapping noise.

This thing is huge.  I couldn’t find a size via the Internet but trust me with I say it is very big….  It has two sections.  I think the taller section was maybe 200 ft tall and the entire thing was maybe half a mile long…..  give or take a little.  If anyone knows the actual size, please let me know. 

Anyway, as you can tell, we finished our day here and I captured it at sunset. 


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