Here is a photo visit to the antenna array from one of the Russian Woodpecker OTHR Sites.The Soviets began building their Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR) systems in the late 50’s and fired them up on November 7th, 1971.
The OTHR systems were to detect ICBM missile launches.
The Russian Woodpecker, were known as “Steel Yard” or “Steel Works” within the Western intelligence agencies, were responsible for massive QRM across the Amateur Radio bands.
The Soviets built three systems, one located in each of Nikolayev in the Ukraine, Chernigov in the Ukraine, and Komsomolsk-na-Amure in Asiatic Russia.
This ftp file list website of photos features the Chernobyl 2 OTHR at the Nikolayev, Ukraine location:
http://pripyat.com//sm/site/photogallery/uploads/1376/. – NEW URL http://pripyat.com/en/internet_photo/chernobyl_2/ as of 28 April 2008
For reference the scale of these arrays are massive – this one has a receiving array 450 feet (135 meters) high and 1000 ft (300 meters) long with a transmitting array is 280 feet (85 meters) high and 690 feet (210 meters) long.
No word if these have ever been fired up for Amateur use. Now that is a thought, eh?
The links for additional photos appear to have changed.
Another link with photos is:
And another – http://pripyat.com/en/internet_photo/chernobyl_2/
ADDED MATERIAL 08 MAY 08
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