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SARA Announces Keynote Speaker
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director Emeritus
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

Little Ferry, NJ.., March 2007 -- The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), a SETI League Affiliated Society that represents several hundred amateur radio astronomers around the world, is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Andrew Clegg (W4JE), a radio astronomer with interests in amateur radio, astronomy, and photography, as Keynote Speaker for its annual technical conference, scheduled for 1 - 3 July 2007 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, WV.

Dr. Clegg received his M.S. and PhD degrees in radio astronomy and electrical engineering from Cornell University, and his BA degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia. He first worked as a research scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he studied astrophysical masers, interstellar radio wave propagation, and the Galactic magnetic field. He also developed new algorithms for fusing data from diverse sensors (ranging from microwave to ultraviolet) that were used in remote sensing applications. He then worked in private industry as an RF engineer for Comsearch (a consulting firm), then as Lead Member of Technical Staff for Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider. He re-joined the Federal government in 2003, where he served as the National Science Foundation's Program Manager for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Presently, he is Program Director for Electromagnetic Spectrum Management at NSF, where he spends most of his time trying to protect the frequency allocations used by the radio astronomy service from growing radio interference. He presently uses his adult occupation to fund his long-time hobbies -- he has been an amateur astronomer since age 10 and an amateur radio operator since age 14.

In pursuit of his amateur radio interests, Andy is active on HF (mostly 75, 40, and 10 m), and uses VHF/UHF primarily to connect to friends in other cities using IRLP. He runs an ICOM 706MKIIG connected to a dipole at 250 ft above street level. He also runs the 706 in the car using stick antennas. "When the 706 is installed mobile," Andy writes, "it doubles the value of my car (no fooling!)"

Dr. Clegg's keynote presentation, tentatively scheduled for 10 AM on Monday, 2 July 2007, is titled Present and Future Radio Spectrum Trends: their impact on radio astronomy. He says, "I spend a lot of my time doing spectrum management on behalf of NSF's radio observatories. Many of the same topics that impact the big observatories (such as Broadband over Power Line (BPL), ultrawideband emitters, unlicensed devices, satellites, the DTV transition) will also impact amateur radio astronomers."

At the 2007 gathering, Andy will be helping SARA to celebrate the club's 26th Anniversary. SETI League members and guests are invited to participate in the annual Conference. If you would like to present a paper yourself, please see SARA's 2007 Call for Papers.

Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have privatized the research. Amateur and professional scientists interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, and citizens wishing to help support it, should email join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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