In 1976, radio signals around the world were interrupted by a strange, regular, tapping noise over the airwaves that people nicknamed “The Russian Woodpecker.” Nobody knew what it was exactly, but radio geeks eventually managed to triangulate its origin to a place just outside Chernobyl, in Ukraine. Specifically this thing:

Given the supervillain-bent of most massive Soviet projects, and, the look of that crazy damn thing, speculation was rampant: It was a mind-control device, or a weather machine, like HAARP in Alaska.

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Full view of the two over-the-horizon radar antennas in the Chernobyl-2 complex. The height of the larger antenna is about 150 m, the smaller one is about 90 m high. The mysterious Russian Woodpecker noise was emitted from there. By Ingmar Runge via Wikicommons

After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Woodpecker kept tapping for a couple more years and then fell silent.

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The mysterious Russia construction emitting the weird noise stopped after the Cold War and was actually a huge radar to spot incoming US missiles. via Wiki commons By Alexander Blecher

It was only after the Cold War ended that we were able to find out what it really was: The nearly 500-foot-tall metal wall known as Duga-3 was one of three radar installations capable of detecting incoming American missiles.

I have no ideas what they are now using it for… Maybe indeed weather manipulation or mind-control! Meanwhile discover other mysterious Numbers Stations.

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