As Sackers points out in general – they laughed at Noah too.





Anyone who listened to shortwave radio or was a ham radio operator from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s will be familiar with a sharp, repetitive “rat tat tat tat” noise that permeated the airwaves disrupting communications and television signals the world over.

Nicknamed the “Woodpecker”, the signal came from a massive array of antennas hidden deep in the woods—two located near Chernobyl in Ukraine, and a third one on the Russian Pacific coast, near the island of Sakhalnsk.

These antennas formed part of an early warning radar system called Duga, that the Soviets developed to detect incoming ballistic missiles from America.

Which is interesting because it has also been associated with HAARP.

5 comments for “Woodpecker

  1. January 16, 2018 at 18:26

    I noticed “The Russian Woodpecker” is on Hulu — might have to check it out.


  2. microdave
    January 16, 2018 at 18:40

    “Anyone who listened to shortwave radio from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s will be familiar with a sharp, repetitive “rat tat tat tat” noise.”

    Yep, been there, done that. My Icom receiver has a pulse noise blanker which did a reasonably good job of removing it. But it was always a cat & mouse game when listening, and one had to be ready to try alternative frequencies, if available.

  3. January 16, 2018 at 18:54

    It’s a different world.

    • microdave
      January 17, 2018 at 11:17

      “It’s a different world”

      In some respects, but if you think about various organisations and governments trying to limit what we can access, and the ways around these blocks (proxy servers, VPN’s, TOR etc) maybe it’s not such a different world after all? It is most certainly still a “cat & mouse” game…

  4. January 17, 2018 at 09:28

    island of Sakhalnsk

    The island of what?

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