Membership Services Department
2006 Program Service Accomplishments
from The SETI League, Inc. IRS Form 990, Part III
(a) Science Programs:
- Coordinated 132 Project Argus radio telescopes in 27 countries, built and operated by our members on all seven continents, in their SETI and astrophysical observations. Argus stations analyzed and cataloged several new candidate signals during 2006.
- Members' stations monitored telemetry signals and science beacons from several NASA and ESA interplanetary space probes. Most significant among these experiments was an attempt to observe the results of the SMART 1 probe's impact on the lunar surface.
- Performed our first millimeter-wave targeted search of two candidate stars, from the 12 meter Kitt Peak radio telescope.
- Provided Committee leadership (as co-chairman) to the SETI Permanent Study Group of the International Academy of Astronautics.
- Sixty SETI League members continue to lend computer support to the SETI@home distributed computing experiment, through the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing (BOINC).
(b) Technology Programs:
- Returned the W2ETI Moonbounce Beacon to regular service with new high power amplifier, providing improved microwave calibration signals to the world's amateur and professional radio telescopes.
- Coordinated and archived four closed technical email lists.
- Inducted one additional amateur radio astronomer into the Extra-Terrestrial Century Club, for a total of thirteen ETCC honorees.
(c) Public Education Programs:
- Executive Director delivered eight public lectures in three countries on two continents, dealing with radio astronomy techniques and related SETI science.
- Our members coordinated the 25th Anniversary Technical Conference of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), a SETI League affiliate which our Executive Director serves as Vice President, editing and contributing to the Proceedings for that Conference.
- Executive Director served as Director of Education for the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), a SETI League affiliate, and completed a two-year term on that organization's Board of Directors.
- Executive Director published eight SETI technical articles in the popular and scientific press, and three related papers in Conference proceedings.
- SETI League webmaster provided webmastering services to the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Permanent Study Group, and Invitation to ETI.
- Distributed several CD copies of "The SETI League Technical Manual" and "Tune In The Universe!", a radio amateur's guide to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
- Distributed numerous print and CD copies of various SETI League Conference Proceedings.
(d) Media and Outreach Programs:
- Published four issues of SearchLites, the quarterly newsletter of The SETI League, Inc.
- Coordinated and archived two open public email lists.
- Distributed eight Press Releases and twelve Editorials to over 700 media outlets worldwide.
- Filed 52 weekly updates to The SETI League's extensive website, bringing its total document count to over 3000 pages.
- Several of our 66 volunteer Regional Coordinators in 50 countries conducted print and broadcast media briefings and interviews.
- Executive Director granted print media and broadcast interviews in the US, Spain, and Germany.
- Presented the twelfth annual Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, the fifth annual Orville N. Greene Service Award, three Best Ideas Awards, and twelve SETI SuperStar Awards.