Video of the Russian Woodpecker Antenna

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Video of the Russian Woodpecker Antenna

Post by K9EZ » Fri May 20, 2011 4:29 am

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Post by mrmodulation » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:16 am

What an amazing piece of history, I can remeber hearing this thing blasting across the 27 mhz CB band when I was a kid and I remember reading about it in Shortwave radio and ham radio magazines. Thanks for posting the link Kent :D

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Post by Shane » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:44 pm

Yes, Kent. That was severely entertaining! Being old, I had to really strain the brain to remember what the "Russian Woodpecker" was. (After awhile I remembered that I used to cuss that signal roundly.) Also, I guess I never did hear was it was for. So entertaining and informative, too. Thanks again!

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Re: Video of the Russian Woodpecker Antenna

Post by K9EZ » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:36 pm

Shane wrote:Yes, Kent. That was severely entertaining! Being old, I had to really strain the brain to remember what the "Russian Woodpecker" was. (After awhile I remembered that I used to cuss that signal roundly.) Also, I guess I never did hear was it was for. So entertaining and informative, too. Thanks again!

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Oh the times I wish I could have chopped that antenna down myself. That thing used to put in a 50+dB signal in, just when you were digging some DX out. I should send them my ear damage bills....
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Re: Video of the Russian Woodpecker Antenna

Post by K9EZ » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Fer you younins, this is what it sounded like.... but usually MUCH louder!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOMVdOc9UbE
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Post by NECRAT » Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:11 pm

Check out that pair's other videos of the Chernobyl and pripyat area....

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Re: Video of the Russian Woodpecker Antenna

Post by mrmodulation » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:36 am

The sound of the woodpecker will always be in my head :lol:
Just for the record there was a group of Hams and C.B.ers around the world that used to throw high powered signals (1kw or more) and beam it straight towards Russia in hope that it would cause interference to it.

I have an external box that plugs into my yaesu FTDX-560 that creates the same sound. It's called the "woody Pecker" and was sold in kit form in the 80's. I used to send a taped recording of the woodpecker and beam it at Russia using a Yaesu FT-101B, FL2100 Linear amp and a 6 element yagi on 27 mhz. :D

There were a couple of US hams that tried to get SW QSL cards from the Russians as well, They recorded the signal and sent a letter off to the Russia but didn't get anything back. :(

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