Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Do we really know what is there, out in space? Not really much, we can only look at stars or … hear them. Smart radiophysicist gave us such an opportunity when had built their huge metal plates in dense pine forests far from big busy cities. The grand ears of the planet were intended to contact the far and alien space.

They used to sit at a fire and sing their romantic songs when rested from numerous devices, apparatuses, indicators…

We don’t know what stars told them. But today all those devices are broken, the grand ears of the planet only hear rustling leaves of young birches….

Grand Ears of the Planet

Here it is, the radiotelescope.

Grand Ears of the Planet

It’s hidden in the middle of a young forest.

Grand Ears of the Planet

It still seems to stand firm.

Grand Ears of the Planet

But inside are only the smell of old oil and decay.

Grand Ears of the Planet

It’s hard to imagine they dealt with digital equipment computers here…

Grand Ears of the Planet

What is inside this azimuth guidance cabin?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Remains of the electric and manual drives.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Do you mind to climb it?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Is this hole for a receiver-transmitter unit?

Grand Ears of the Planet

An elevation drive.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

In the cabin of guidance.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Let’s enter this shabby house.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Control panel is still here.

Grand Ears of the Planet

And even the antenna position indicator is here, too.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Such a tower with a cabin is nearby.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Once on top of this tower was the source of a various test signals for the telescope calibration.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Let’s climb it.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

The manual drive…

Grand Ears of the Planet

… and the electric one.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Cosy place for a radiophysicist.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

On top is a mechanized mast with a reflector.

Grand Ears of the Planet

The telescope we saw in the very beginning looks so small from here.

Grand Ears of the Planet

It’s listening to songs of birds….

Grand Ears of the Planet

When we look in the opposite direction we can see more antennas.

Grand Ears of the Planet

A piece of radar-absorbing coating.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Should we turn the light off before we leave?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Or will these transistors do the job?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Closer view of the grand ears of the planet.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

The vehicle is being swallowed by the earth.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Do any scientists still live here?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Stonehenge of present days?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Only this cabin is rotting here.

Grand Ears of the Planet

The cabin inside.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Remains of the high-frequency generator…

Grand Ears of the Planet

Cable way is hidden in the woods.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Another grand ear of the planet.

Grand Ears of the Planet

“Cables”.

Time and nature were less merciful to it.

Grand Ears of the Planet

What’s there, inside?

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

7555 hours..

Grand Ears of the Planet

In the next room are remains of an automatic control system.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Teletype.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Tape perforator.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Power supply unit.

Grand Ears of the Planet

All equipment is decaying.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Hard and soft.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Grand Ears of the Planet

Simple shelves still hang on the wall.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Remains of the loop oscillograph. Only imagine – it used to record mysterious voices of stars…

Grand Ears of the Planet

Standard magnetic disk.

Grand Ears of the Planet

Did this device “scan” the sky with a telescope and automatically move it within the prescribed limits?

Grand Ears of the Planet

We say goodbye to the control panel and the whole object, it’s time to leave.

Grand Ears of the Planet

But before we leave we should fix the telescope in the default position as was prescribed by those smart radiophysicists.

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8 thoughts on “Grand Ears of the Planet”

  1. The DIGITAL equipment referred to is a brand name. The company is in Cupertino, CA, USA! Why is the usergroup newsletter in a Soviet radar site?

    • Soviet Union and some other communist countries produced clones of IBM mainframes (360, 370) and DEC minicomputers (PDP and VAX). After the fall of communism, Russia invited Americans to see some of these machines. Since they were compatible with “originals”, Russians even purchased some software and support from the US. So I guess this DEC newsletter is from post-Soviet era.

  2. That’s really weird, I was a member of DECUS back in the days of VAXes, Dec System 20’s and PDP-11’s. That also looks like a disk pack from a PDP 🙂

  3. Thank you to the crew for documenting this site …… although it is obviously not long for the planet….. Mother Russia’s weather will still reign supreme …… it is nice to know however that man’s reach exceeded his grasp and that wonder trumped any ideology ……..

  4. DECUS was the user group for DEC computers (based around MAynard, MA, not cupertino, CA). A lot fo Software was generally available via DECUS. It is well known that the Russians copied many of the earlier models of the PDP11 Series, which were the “workhorses” of the minicomputer era – earlier models were built entirely out of generally available Chips. Later, when custom LSI Chips were the core of the PDP11’s one of them even had etched into the substrate in cyrillic “stolen from the best engineers in the world” – put there by the US, knowing that the russians would eventually steal and reverse engineer it, and be amused by the fact that they had been caught… ) The Russian copies were made by Electronika better known for watches, and the like.

  5. Fascinating …… where have the minds that conceived and built this gone ….. on to greater bigger projects I hope

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