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Tune In The Universe!
by SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch
Reviewed by Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R
American Radio Relay League
Dear fellow radio amateur,
It's not often that I get to present something as...well...COOL as this:
Introducing, "Tune in the Universe!"--a new book on CD-ROM, published by ARRL.
"Tune in the Universe!" is as much a tutorial as it is an invitation to join the journey for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). It's written by H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, Executive Director of the SETI League.
Now don't go changing frequency on me, yet...
I admit, I was somewhat skeptical about this new CD-ROM. Why should ARRL and Amateur Radio operators be interested in such a search for ETs?
After reading through Paul's interactive book, the answer is obvious. Radio amateurs will find themselves easily caught up in a great adventure. Imagine...hams searching for signals of unknown origin. Sounds like the rarest DX!
This search involves a lot of LISTENING--something you'll learn a lot about in "Tune in the Universe!" And, for those of you that enjoy hands-on experimenting, "Tune in the Universe!" includes details to build your own SETI station. This is Amateur Radio Astronomy at its best! If you're a microwave experimenter, you may find you already have many of the building blocks to get started.
What do radio astronomers do while they're trying to find the MAGIC FREQUENCY for our cosmic companions? They listen to the songs of Dr. SETI! Paul's second passion in life is music, and he's included 18 songs that tell the whole history of radio astronomy. I actually found myself stomping my feet to a few of these. This CD-ROM is as much entertaining as it is educational.
"Tune in the Universe!" ships in late-December. Place your order now. I've included details, below.
Hams, amateur astronomers, science fiction enthusiasts, and anyone with the burning question ARE WE ALONE? will enjoy "Tune in the Universe!" The CD-ROM also makes a great gift--sure to put a smile on the face of any ham!
Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R
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