LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., September 6, 1996 -- Amateur radio operators with an interest in SETI, the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, have for the past two years been building up an organization to help sustain research once conducted by NASA. Now members of the non-profit SETI League, Inc. are using the resources of their amateur radio hobby to coordinate their scientific efforts. "Between the Internet and the newly established on-the-air SETI-Net," notes SETI League executive director H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, "our members no longer need feel isolated, wherever they might live on this planet -- or any other."
Peter Wright, The SETI League's volunteer coordinator in Germany, has suggested that League members who are licensed radio amateurs might wish to meet on the air on a weekly basis to compare notes and share ideas. Wright, who is licensed as a ham radio operator under the callsign DJ0BI, reports that several European members are monitoring 14.204 MHz (exactly one percent of the popular Hydrogen Line radio astronomy frequency) on Sundays at 1000 UTC. Although the scheduled time favors communication between Europe and Asia, interested hams worldwide are invited to check in. Look for DJ0BI, or try calling "CQ SETI." Member hams in other parts of the world are encouraged to organize similar nets, at convenient times, on this same frequency. SETI enthusiasts lacking on-the-air capability are invited to check The SETI League's Internet site on the WorldWide Web, http://www.setileague.org/.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, 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 electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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