Remember the Woodpecker?
(Go to ths URL: May heve to type it in)
Like to hook my MFJ-259B to that antenna and analyze it.
Keep CW alive.
Well, sorry OM, but due to HOA's & CC&R's it has to come down. ( )
ELMERING = "NO-LIDS"
DXCC with 50 Milliwatts, anyone?
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Topical, I was just looking at this today in Google Earth!
Check it out.
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=975303 (make sure you have google earth already installed)
It looks pretty imposing.
Strange that the Soviet government is not attempting to use this antenna system for international shortwave broadcast. I would think the gain would be greater than some of the curtains they use now.
Frederick R. Vobbe, Allen County Ohio - Grid EN70wr
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I can't find it but I just saw a map of the pattern. It was way too narrow and shot over the poles - good for watching for ICBM's taking a Great Circle shortcut, likely not so much for broadcasting.
Originally Posted by w8hdu
What an awesome antenna array, NO wonder they wiped out sections of the bands.
I really need that array but my back yard, but my yard isn't large enough, and I was so looking forward to spending my 'bailout money' from my dear "Uncle" in Washington D.C.
The Soviet "Steel Yard" OHR (Over the Horizon Radar) antenna system near Chernobyl, in Soviet Ukraine,
Originally Posted by w8hdu
became severely contaminated by radioactivity when "Tower #4" of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded
on April 26, 1986. Approximately 400 times more radioactive fallout was released than that released by the
atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Approximately 1,000 employees reportedly worked at the Soviet "Woodpecker"
site near Chernobyl at the time of the reactor tower explosion. The site generally remains "off limits" due to
Last edited by W3LUV; 01-04-2009 at 01:12 AM.
The Wood pecker is also known as "Chernobyl-2"
Originally Posted by w8hdu
The “Chernobyl-2”, a.k.a. “Duga-3”, is a former Soviet military installation relatively close by to the power plant, consisting of gigantic transmitter and receiver belonging to the Steel Yard Over-the-horizon radar system. The secrecy around this unit once provoked a rumor that it was the real cause of the disaster. According to Ukrainian TV, the base is now defunct and handed over to the Ministry of Emergencies. The rusting iron superstructures of the station are being considered for dismantling over the fears of their accidental collapse which would cause a microearthquake damaging the radioactive storages in the area.
The facility also includes a large underground bunker with several levels below ground designed to withstand a nuclear strike. It is capable of providing autonomous energy and food supply for at least 10 years.
The wood pecker "Chernobyl-2" is located within the zone of alienation (aka The Chernobyl Zone, aka The Zone of Exclusion, aka The Fourth Zone,) Unfortunately since it was located so close to Chernobyl it is highly contaminated. This thing was built next to Chernobyl for a reason "Power!!" I guess I am one of the few lucky people who has been able to tour the Zone of Exclusion, My sister (deceased) was a consultant / researcher for the NRC and had spent quite a bit of time researching and studying the Chernobyl catastrophe. I have been lucky enough to accompany her on several visits. While she did her work I went on private guided tour's. I can attest to th fact that It is a very depressing place. Not only that but it can be very scary one moment your fine and the next you meter is going nuts. My guide showed me how dangerous this place can be and I learned to head the warning about leavening the roads and always having your meter with you.
Here are some interesting links. You can take a virtual tour of the area affected by the Chernobyl disaster, Its hard not to become emotional reading the posts from people who actually lived there as they describe the horror they have suffered and how their suffering has been played down both in their country and internationally. The official story is that only a hand full of people died as a result of Chernobyl but when one reads the posts from people who where actually there you get the feeling that the official story is fiction or propaganda.
Abandoned City of Pripyat
here is a sample of what you will find by clicking on the various areas in the links below
here are some comments
Abandoned City of Pripyat
The city wasn't evacuated until about 36 hours after the accident. The 1200 buses brought in resulted in a convoy 15 miles long. The people of Pripyat were told the evacuation was to be temporary and to take only enough clothes, food, and money for three days. Many senior workers at the station knew better however. One engineer called his wife and told her to pack. "For how long" she asked? "Forever" was his reply.
It is a testament to planning and calm of the population that the evacuation was accomplished in only 3 hours. The people of Pripyat left everything behind including 10,000 domestic pets, mostly cats and dogs who would in a few weeks become crazed with hunger begin to feed on each other. The military and professional hunters were sent in to shoot them. Such is but one of the lesser known tragedies of this once proud and vibrant city.
Contrary to popular belief today Pripyat is not as it was left. The city has been extensively looted. Many homes still contain some furniture and the schools are mostly intact but most everything else is gone. Looting and vandalism continues to be a problem to this day. That said what remains in Pripyat is very much indicative of life in Soviet times.
At the time one of the newest cities in the Soviet Union and was used as a model for several to follow. There were 50,000 people living in Pripyat at the time of the accident. The residents were some of the best and brightest nuclear people the State had to offer. The average age of the residents was 26 and the city had 16,000 children under the age of 16. Life in Pripyat was paradise compared to many places in the Soviet Union and people who could competed to live there. As someone who has spent many days wandering Pripyat's deserted streets, homes, restaurants, schools ect, I can tell you visiting this place is a deeply moving and sad experience. My best wishes to it's former residents.
If you go there as I plan to do so, go with someone else. To go alone, as I read, makes you feel an intense feeling of sadness and nostalgia. The plan for a long time visit then get frustrated. Simply you can't stand it alone. And something else, is better to visit it in a motorcycle. If you go to the buildings that face the reactor, don't do it. It is very dangerous to do so. Is a beautiful city and a symbol of what comunism is about. Death and sadness. That is what comunism is, death and sadness.
Here is another interesting area, it is the fire house of The first responders who died. In their memory and honer the doors to the fire house where left open.
Contrary to popular belief most of the firemen who died were not from the power plant's fire station but from here. The notable exception is Lt Pavik, who was from the plant and joined the men from Pripyat on the roof of Unit Four. These brave men, clothed only in the coveralls and boots of traditional Soviet firefighters and without other protection, extinguished the fires on the roof thereby preventing their spread to the other three still operating reactors in what would have been a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Radiation fields where they worked were in the area of 20,000 rem/hr, enough to cause a lethal dose within minutes. Most of these heroes are buried in Moscow.
A sad story I was told by my instructor there. When this May my group visited Pripyat our instructor made a stop here and he said: "Look! see there's a fire station, see the garage-doors are open! They were opened 22 years ago and the first firebrigades to arrive to the nuclear plant were from here. But noone returned alive. And in the memory of those heroes no one dares to touch these doors!"
Zone of Exclusion
And don't forget to visit Pripyat.com It is an Internet sites where former residents of "The Zone of Exclusion" gather to discuss the past and present life of their former childhood home, don't forget to check out the picture prior to the disaster Link Towns such as Pripyat where state of the art.
Last edited by N6YG; 01-04-2009 at 02:29 AM.
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