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At the 2013 International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch presents his annual Introduction to SETI Science and Technology.
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28 December 2013

At the Beijing IAA SETI meetings in October, chaired by Claudio Maccone (center), Shin-Ya Narusawa (left) delivered the Pesek keynote lecture for the SETI Science and Technology session, while H. Paul Shuch (right) presented the Billingham Cutting-Edge lecture, keynote presentation for the SETI and Society session. All three are SETI League members.
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21 December 2013

At this year's International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, SETI League executive director emeritus Dr. H. Paul Shuch congratulates, Prof. Ed Stone, Voyager Program Manager, on his child (the Voyager 1 spacecraft) finally leaving the Solar System. "Some of us," comments Paul, "are still trying to figure out how to get our children to leave the house!"
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14 December 2013

In Italy, PrimaLuce Lab has installed its first radio telescope at Museo del Balý. This model has a 2.3 meter diameter mesh antenna in a protective radome, installed on an equatorial goto mount for automatic pointing and very precise tracking. It uses a Total-Power receiver from RadioAstroLab working at 11 GHz, and all cables and electronics in order to remotely control all radio telescope functions from a PC.
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7 December 2013

Another view of the 432 MHz feedhorn being installed on one of the 40 foot dishes at Australia's SETI Research & Community Development Institute, by SETI League Eastern Australia regional coordinator Noel Welstead and colleagues.
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30 November 2013

Eastern Australia regional coordinator Noel Welstead and colleagues mount a 432 MHz feed horn to one of the 40 foot dishes at the SETI Research & Community Development Institute.
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23 November 2013

Bob Cooper, K6EDX/ZL4AAA, sends along this faded photo, circa 1979, of H. Paul Shuch (much later to become SETI League Executive Director) teaching a room full of enthusiastic students about microwave receiver design.
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16 November 2013

With his Project Argus antenna in the background, Executive Director Emeritus Dr. H. Paul Shuch shows off the 2013 Orville Green Service Award and Giordano Bruno Memorial Award plaques which he presented in the Spring to Drs. Alexander L. Zaitsev and Steven J. Dick, respectively.
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9 November 2013

Four active SETI League members gathered in April for an informal meeting at the Allen Telescope Array, the SETI Institute's flagship facility in northern California. Left to right: Claudio Maccone, Stephane Dumas, Gerry Harp (pointing at the Flag of Earth), and Lori Walton.
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2 November 2013

Enroute to the International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, USA, IAA SETI Committee chairman Claudio Maccone (left) pays a visit to SETI League president Richard Factor.
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26 October 2013

Inside the VSA control room, Prof. Shuch tests the Very Small Array with a weak signal source ("ET in a tin") in a demonstration for visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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19 October 2013

Nearly four decades ago, space artist Jon Lomberg served on the design team that produced the famed Voyager Golden Records. Today, he is heading up the New Horizons Message initiative, a Voyager Record 2.0 to be carried into interstellar space by NASA's current interplanetary spacecraft, now approaching Pluto. Read more about this project in a recent SETI League Editorial.
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12 October 2013

Executive Director Emeritus H. Paul Shuch explains the operation of the Very Small Array to visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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5 October 2013

At Project Argus station FN11lh, our Executive Director Emeritus shows visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students how to boresight a waveguide feedhorn. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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21 September 2013

At Project Argus station FN11lh, our Executive Director Emeritus remounts a repaired feedhorn, while visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students look on. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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14 September 2013

SETI League EME Committee chairman Allen Katz, K2UYH, bouncing 2304 MHz Morse Code signals off the surface of the Moon last month, to provide calibration signals for the Allen Telescope Array.
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7 September 2013

SETI League EME Committee chairman Allen Katz, K2UYH, seen two weeks ago setting up to provide the Allen Telescope Array with calibration signals bounced off the surface of the Moon, at a frequency of 2304.100 MHz.
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31 August 2013

Last week, members of The SETI League's EME Committee helped the SETI Institute to calibrate the Allen Telescope Array, by bouncing amateur radio test signals off the surface of the Moon, at a frequency of 2304.100 MHz.
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24 August 2013

At Project Argus station FN11lh, our Executive Director Emeritus shows visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students how to remove a damaged feedhorn for repairs. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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17 August 2013

The SETI League is saddened to learn of the death last week of Dr. John Billingham, former chief of the NASA SETI office. A flight surgeon who supported the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs, JB had chaired the International Academy of Astronautics SETI Committee, and served on the Board of Directors of the SETI Institute. His contributions to SETI science are many. One colleague's remembrance of him appears here.
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10 August 2013

Visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students carefully lay the rim of Prof. Shuch's damaged Project Argus antenna on the ground for repairs. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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3 August 2013

Visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students gently lowering Prof. Shuch's damaged Project Argus antenna to the ground for repairs. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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27 July 2013

Prof. Shuch swings down the damaged antenna at Project Argus station Fn11lh, while visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students prepare to catch the dish. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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20 July 2013

While visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students look on, Prof. Shuch prepares to lower the damaged antenna at Project Argus station Fn11lh. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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13 July 2013

Prof. Shuch points out to visiting Lycoming College radio astronomy students the wind-damaged feedhorn at Project Argus station Fn11lh. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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6 July 2013

This past April, five radio astronomy students from Lycoming College (where our Executive Director Emeritus formerly taught) visit Project Argus station Fn11lh. Here, Prof. Shuch demonstrates to them the operation of an Itty Bitty Telescope. See more Lyco Field Trip photos here.
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29 June 2013

Another of our Executive Director Emeritus' early microstrip receiver designs, this downconverter was developed for India's INSAT communications satellites in the 1970s. It was repurposed by a number of radio amateurs for use in the 13 cm ham band , and later as a front end for various amateur radio telescopes.
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22 June 2013

This Microcomm balanced mixer circuit board, initially designed for the 18 cm weather satellite band, proved sufficiently broadband to cover the 21 cm hydrogen line. Thus, in the mid-1970s, it found its way into a number of amateur radio telescopes.
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15 June 2013

Executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch's first SETI receiving station, circa 1978, used this Microcomm 1691 MHz weather satellite downconverter, retuned to the waterhole frequencies (1420 to 1660 MHz). The right-hand 1/3rd of the circuit board contains a two-stage preamplifier and three pole bandpass filter. In the middle are the microstrip balanced mixer and cascode IF amplifier. On the left-hand side of the board is the crystal controlled local oscillator chain.
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8 June 2013

Here in the laboratory of Silicon Valley startup Microcomm in the late 1970s, Prof. H. Paul Shuch developed the world's first commercial satellite TV receiver. He later used this same 4.7 meter dish for his earliest observational SETI experiments.
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1 June 2013

In this archival image from the 1970s, Prof. H. Paul Shuch (much later to become SETI League Executive Director) lectures on microwave communications at a community college in California.
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25 May 2013

Activites at the Western Regional Conference of SETI League sister organization SARA, held in February at the Very Large Array near Soccoro, NM, included lectures on a variety of Radio Astronomy related topics.
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18 May 2013

NASA's Les Johnson (right) and SETI League member David Fields met at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center during the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop held in early February. The astronaut looking on from near the International Space Station overhead declined to identify himself or herself.
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11 May 2013

At last month's Annual Meeting, we named Dr. Alexander L. Zaitsev, our Regional Coordinator for Russia, this year's recipient of its Orville Green Service Award for outstanding volunteer efforts in support of the SETI League. Sasha is seen here with our Executive Director at the Mannheim Amateur Radio Telescope in 2004. See this Press Release for further details.
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4 May 2013

At our Annual Meeting last week, we announced the winner of this year's Giordano Bruno Memorial Award, The SETI League's highest technical honor. The recipient is Dr. Steven J. Dick, former Chief Historian for NASA and author of numerous SETI books and scholarly papers. See this Press Release for further details.
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27 April 2013

Melinda Lord, treasurer of SETI League sister organization SARA, poses in front of one of the giant dishes of the Very Large Array, Soccoro, NM.
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20 April 2013

Attendees at the February Western Regional Conference of SETI League sister organization SARA actually got to climb one of the dishes of the Very Large Array near Soccoro, NM.
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13 April 2013

Attendees at the February Western Regional Conference of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, a SETI League affiliate, gather underneath one of the dishes of the Very Large Array near Soccoro, NM.
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6 April 2013

Attendees at the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop held in in early February gather around a Saturn V rocket motor at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, Huntsville, AL.
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30 March 2013

At last month's Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in Huntsville, AL, SETI League member David Fields examines the Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Applications (NERVA XE") on display at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center.
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23 March 2013

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, a SETI League affiliate, held a Western Regional Conference last month at the Very Large Array near Soccoro, NM. Several SETI League members were in attendance.
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16 March 2013

Several SETI League members were among the attendees and presenters at last month's Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop held in Huntsville, AL.
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9 March 2013

At the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL in January, SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch performed some of his aviation and SETI songs with John Zapp, Robert Heller, and Howie Marlin, fellow members of the Flying Musicians Association.
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2 March 2013

At the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL in January, SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch performed some of his aviation and SETI songs with fellow members of the Flying Musicians Association. Seen here backing him up on drums is John Zapp.
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23 February 2013

Last month at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL, SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch performed some of his aviation and SETI songs with fellow members of the Flying Musicians Association. Seen here backing him up on bass is Robert Heller.
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16 February 2013

Space artist Jon Lomberg is offering a signed print of this cartoon, his take on the Goldilocks Planet problem, as a bonus with any order from his online catalog. See his Special Offer here.
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9 February 2013

In this photo lifted (admittedly without permission) from the website of F1EHN, we see both his optical (right) and radio (left) observatories. Jean-Jacques Maintoux uses the latter for both EME and radio astronomy.
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2 February 2013

Space artist Jon Lomberg has completed his Galaxy Garden, a 100 foot diameter scale model of the Milky Way, at the Paleaku Peace Gardens Sanctuary in Kona, Hawaii. Note the interesting crop circle in the lower right quadrant of the photo.
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26 January 2013

From the University of Hyogohis in Japan, Shin-ya Narusawa sends along this picture of the steps up to the Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory, where he is a Senior Researcher. Note the dome in the distance, from which he does Optical SETI experiments.
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19 January 2013

Just before sunset on 22 November 2012, Divyadarshan Purohit captured this image of massive sunspots ten times the size of Earth, from the terrace of Gurudev Observatory, Vadodara, India. The picture was taken with a Sony Handycam, proving that you don't need expensive equipment to photograph nearby astronomical events.
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12 January 2013

At the IAA Searching for Life Signatures conference in the Republic of San Marino in September 2012, SETI League regional coordinator Stephane Dumas presented a paper on a fast implementation of the Karhunen-Leove Transform. A fast KLT, an improvement over the fast FFT currently in widespread use, will facilitate complex signal analysis on modest computers.
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5 January 2013

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