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Radio Hams Honor SETI League Director
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

For Immediate Release, Please

LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., June, 1999 -- The American Radio Relay League, ham radio's official voice in the United States, has honored Dr. H. Paul Shuch with a Technical Achievement Award, in recognition of his nearly forty years of service to the amateur radio community. Shuch, who holds amateur radio callsign N6TX, has served since its inception as executive director of the membership-supported SETI League, Inc., grass-roots leaders in a privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. The award will be presented on June 4, 1999, at the ARRL Atlantic Division Convention in Rochester NY.

"It's interesting," notes ARRL Atlantic Division Director Kay Cragie, who informed Shuch of his selection, "that this year we also honor Ed Gable, K2MP, as Amateur of the Year. Ed is curator of the Antique Wireless Association museum and is devoted to conserving the history of the radio arts, while our Technical Achievement award winner is the Executive Director of the SETI League. We have the past and the future appropriately honored in our turn-of-the-century awards."

Dr. Shuch is credited with designing the world's first commercial home satellite TV receiver, developed early weather satellite receivers, and holds patents for aircraft radar systems. An Extra-class radio amateur first licensed in 1961, N6TX has been operational in all 20 ham bands between 1.8 MHz and 24 GHz, and is now operating a 1.42 GHz radio telescope. Paul has chaired the VHF/UHF Advisory Committee of the American Radio Relay League, and served as Technical Director and Board Chairman of Project OSCAR, Inc., designers of the world's first non-Government communications satellites. He has served as a Director of the Central States VHF Society, and was Banquet Speaker at the 1996 Dayton Hamvention. Paul was a college professor for 24 years, and is the author of more than 200 publications. His honors include the National Space Club's Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship, a Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the Applied Physical Sciences, the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize, and the Central States VHF Society's John T. Chambers Memorial Award. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, serves as a fellowship interviewer for the Hertz Foundation, is a manuscript reviewer for several peer reviewed journals, has been an advisor to the National Science Foundation, and is a military program evaluator for the American Council on Education.

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, 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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