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Duga-3 Receiver
приёмник «Дуга-3»

Prypiat Ukraine

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1972
  Finished1972
Building Uses
 - unused
 - communication
Structural Types
 - truss tower
 - other
 - space frame
 - Vierendeel truss
Materials
 - steel

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Antenna492 ft

Description
• Transmitter: http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=89170

Duga-3 was used for detecting rocket launches in USA. It was a transmitter for an overhorizon Radar system.
This system caused much jammings in shortwave range in 1970s, which sounded like the knocking of a woodpecker. This gave the structure its nickname.
As the system was secret at those days, it got well-known under the name "Woodpecker".

Since 1989 it is unused. Today the structure is sometimes used by radio amateurs. There are plans to install wind turbines on it.

Unofficial sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Woodpecker http://pripyat.com/ru/internet_photo/chernobyl_2/

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