posted on Jan, 22 2004 @ 09:07 AM
Really coming into this discussion late - sorry
I'm a radio ham here in UK though have no experience of seeking signals from "out there", as it were.
In the ham community there *are* people with equipment who access (terrestrial satellites) and there's a link to Amsat
which will give some background.
Others use "Moon bounce"
. Hopefully, these links (and further Google searches will bring some info
One of the problems for *me* is the "area" that you need for antennas - some of the array's used are
!! They have to be steerable, in altitude as well as azimuth, to compensate for the Earths
rotation and proper motion of the satellite and/ or the Moon. Coupled with the expense, of course, and possible problems with TVI (television
Interference) (amateurs can run 2kW+ output for Moon bounce) it's just not possible from my location in UK!
However, *some* people do get involved, check out this page...
*That's* where SETI@home comes in though, isn't it? 1000 foot radio telescope and *all* the hardware necessary for signal processing!!
Hope this helps - please keep us posted if anybody is going to get involved!!