The Woodpecker

The Woodpecker: The Top Secret Military Base Hidden in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

March 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

I was recently able to visit the gargantuan Dugar Radar (AKA The Russian Woodpecker) receiving antennae located approximately 60 kilometres away from their transmitter which, together, were capable of detecting intercontinental ballistic missiles fired towards the Soviet Union from the States. There are actually two parts that make up the receiver, a low-frequency antenna with a height of 146 meters and length of almost half a kilometre, and a high-frequency antenna with a height of 100 metres [...]

The Woodpecker: The Top Secret Military Base Hidden in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

March 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

I want you to imagine for a second that it’s 1976, and you are an amateur short-wave radio enthusiast – strange request, I know, but just go with it. One night, whilst sitting in front of your equipment, you begin to receive a signal of unknown origin that drowns everything else out. Through your headphones, you hear a very distinct, repetitive tapping sound, and you are not the only one. The signal is so strong that radio hobbyists and legitimate broadcasters worldwide are hearing [...]