There is an interesting place in Magadan, Russia, which continuously attracts bored youngsters. Enourmously huge red-white mattresses standing on top of the hill. They appeared in the end of the 60s to become a part of the complex of tropospheric radio-relay communication called “North”.
The tropospheric radio-relay communication complex called “North” is the former Soviet system of communication lines created to provide remote regions of the country with communication.
The line was stretching for 13 200 km and consisted of 46 tropospheric radio-relay stations. The whole system included seven lines, had two subsystems which in their turn controlled numerous centres and stations.
Initially they tried to attract civil signallers to work at the stations but due to the difficult social and living conditions the government had to engage militarymen. This station connected the lines – Magadan – Yakutsk and Magadan, Anadyr.
The antenna reflectors have dimensions – 30×30 and 40×35 meters. There are two antennas for each direction.
This is the building of the canteen.
The foundation is decaying.
The view of the Nagaev bay.
The view from the height of 400 meters.
They are really huge, the approximate width of those red and white stripes is six meters.
Similar structures can be seen at some arctic stations.
This used to be an alarm board.
Andrey is a duty operator here. His watch lasts for a month. He says that sometimes he is visited by hungry bears…
He is afraid the matrasses could fall on his house soon…
Station “Dragon” has not been functioning for almost ten years. Long-distance communications links have been provided by satellites. But who and when is going to recycle these huge antennas?
A couple of pictures from the history of “Dragon”.