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The software searches for four types of signals that distinguish them from noise: signals:
* Spikes in power spectra
* Gaussian rises and falls in transmission power, possibly representing the telescope beam's main lobe passing over a radio source
* Triplets — three power spikes in a row
* Pulsing signals that possibly represent a narrowband digital-style transmission
Astronomer Seth Shostak (2004), has stated that he expects to get a conclusive signal and proof of alien contact between 2020 and 2025, based on the Drake equation.
The Ohio State University SETI program is the longest continuously running electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence to date. In 1977 that sky survey detected a signal which seemed to fit all the characteristics anticipated for communications of intelligent extra-terrestrial origin. The so-called Wow! signal is interesting in its own right, and we analyze it here, applying time-honored reverse engineering principles in trying to ascertain its nature....
Originally posted by hinky
I ran the SETI program on my home network several years ago and have several 10000's of units. Was in top 200 of personal users at one point. Never got a hit.
Completely got out of it after it went over to bionic structure. Just don't like that program structure.