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Report - Chernobyl Duga Radar, Kindergarten & Riverside

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  1. The Wombat

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    Report 5 from our epic trip to Chernobyl

    A few sites near Pripyat, whilst still in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

    After a long drive down a bumpy track, we spent a hot humid afternoon at the military radar & control station.

    The history is interesting: The Duga was a Soviet Union over the horizon radar used an early warning of a nuclear missile attack from the west. A similar radar was built in eastern Siberia. It operated from 1976 to 1989, and was extremely powerful, over 10MW in some cases. The signal appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp repetitive tapping noise, which led it to be nicknamed the ‘Russian woodpecker’. The signal disrupted legitimate broadcast in the west & in the USSR. The signal became such a nuisance, that some amateur radios & televisions began including ‘woodpecker blankers’ in their design. The signal was a source of much speculation, giving rise to theories of Soviet mind control & weather experiments. I had seen photos of it, but seeing it up close is something else. The ominous large command station was a dark and often dangerous building, that had a control station and would have housed banks of computers over several stories. The damp inside offered a welcome relief from the bugs & humidity, but it did mean getting dripped on through insulation & filth.

    The Kindergarten was an interesting place to explore. Childrens toys, chalk boards, cots & books hastily abandoned in the wake of the evacuation. Radiaton was very low inside the building, but the vegetation outside harboured a few hot spots. Another thought provoking place.



    The scale of this was mind blowing
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    even with the wide angle lens, I couldn't get it all in
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    This is the corridor that runs the length of the radar
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    Inside the command centre
    Apologies; I forgot my bloody tripod, :banghead
    so these are hand held with flash
    I will explain where I can what you are looking at

    This was the point of entry. Presumably computers & operations
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    Possibly a canteen?
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    Amazing that this has survived so well
    Pictures celebrate soviet space achievements
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    Computer hall probably
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    Control room
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    More computer hall
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    TRAINING ROOM
    this globe depicts the line between the USSR, and their opponents.... us
    The UK can just be seen in the middle
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    Rooftop
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    (thanks to TLR for the tip on this one)

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    And something very different
    THE KINDERGARTEN

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    Finally, a shot from the riverside of a rusting tanker
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    Thanks for looking​
     

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  2. Nickindroy

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    Some excellent pics there our kid. :thumb
     
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    Thanks mate :)
     
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    Magnificent and equally eerie in the same report. Top stuff fella.
     
  5. The Wombat

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    Thanks mate :)
     
  6. OGGY

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    That's Amazing. I have always had a fascination with soviet era military sites. The duga radars are on my bucket list!
     
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