Ask Dr. SETI ®
Many of us live in apartment, condos or 'controlled neighborhoods' that do not allow 10 meter dishes and the like. But I am wondering if anyone is using the small 16" dishes that is made for PrimeStar and USSB television reception. Are they too small? Can they not be modified to do any useful scans?
Keep up the good work.
The Doctor Responds:
I doubt that it's practical to scan the skies with the Direct Broadcast Satellite dishes, but they've proven a boon to amateur SETI in another way. Since their proliferation, an abundance of the old-style BUDs ("Big, Ugly Dishes") have come up for grabs, and many of our members are acquiring them to build their own SETI stations.
If you happen to be an apartment dweller or similar, it may not prove feasible for you to build your own SETI station. However, don't be discouraged; there's much else which you can contribute to our quest. We are ever in need of hardware designers and programmers and writers and public speakers and fundraisers and ... the list is endless. And of course, they also serve who merely pay their dues. Since The SETI League receives no Government support whatever, by just becoming a member you're helping us to complete the research Congress wouldn't let NASA finish. We do hope you'll be choosing to join The SETI League.
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