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Tour the Russian 'Woodpecker' (DUGA): Featured in CNN Travel News

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  1. K7QO

    K7QO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here is a youtube video of some kids using quad copters to give you some closeup photos of the array
    and a race down the inside to come out the bottom. New game some of the kids play.

     
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  2. NN4RH

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    Wow.
     
  3. KG4BFR

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    I remember hearing the DUGA back in the 1980's on the 10 Meter Band
     
  4. W0IW

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    I remember being in jr high school when I first heard the woodpecker sometimes it was between several bands at once you could hear it was a electronic machine gun and would take out huge swatches of the bands so throughly you couldn’t hear anything on those freqs until it was done ✅ if you crossed the rush of a helicopter blade with the sound of a machine gun going thud thud thud it was a sound
    You’d never forget as it pierced the shortwave bands dominating every frequency band it touched
     
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  5. DL6FB

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    Pretty cool video about the Drone Diving on Duga:)
    Nice to see the young people getting so thrilled.
    Btw.: On the video with the climber you can see the feeder lines to each antenna. I wonder how they get the HF through the structure without energising itself.
    73 de DL6FB
    Frank
     
  6. KK4VRE

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    Speaking of my research on the matter -

    Out of Western Russia:
    DUGA-3 (Arc-3) RADAR (TX) system ['Russian Woodpecker' and 'Steel Yard'] 51.305318° 30.065265° (sub-station just outside the perimeter fence)
    DUGA-3 (Arc-3) RADAR (RX) system 51.637762° 30.702823° (sub-station just outside the perimeter fence)
    The 2 above are spread by 35.9 miles, and have the same exact directional axis to each other.

    Out of Eastern Russia:
    DUGA-? (Arc-?) RADAR RX system 50.386837° 137.325960° (sub-station just outside the perimeter fence)
    DUGA-? (Arc-?) RADAR RX system 50.892813° 136.835508° (sub-station just outside the perimeter fence)
    The 2 above are spread by 41.1 miles, and have the same exact directional axis to each other.

    These 2 systems above 'meet' (converge) near WaKeeney, Kansas at 39.060778° -99.937540°

    Out of Ukraine:
    DUGA-1 & DUGA 2 (pointed towards Europe) 47.041420° 32.199278°

    KK4VRE
     
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  7. KK4VRE

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    The old sub-station was located just outside the facility: 51.303344° 30.072764°
    If you like, you can still follow the transmission line 'cut swatch' back to the reactor plant.
    You should read my other post in this thread.
     
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  8. IW2DMO

    IW2DMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    From wikipedia:
    the antenna array usually seen in pictures is the receiving site, located at 51°18′19.06″N 30°03′57.35″E
    the transmitter site is at 51°38′15.98″N 30°42′10.41″E
     
  9. KK4VRE

    KK4VRE Ham Member QRZ Page

    They got that backwards (RX vs TX).
     
  10. W7UUU

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    I can't count how many ham radio contacts that blasted system wiped out back then... :mad:

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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