posted on Mar, 1 2011 @ 12:27 AM
I looked at the GPS signals and if they are in some manner heterodyning with each other you would get either the sum or the difference. That would be
3.2 or 1 GHz. A second harmonic of the 1GHz product would be in the right ball park since 1.9 is close to 2GHz. However there are a number of things
wrong with this picture. Note that the GPS signals are broadband signals whereas the SETI signal is extremely narrow. Also note that the doppler shift
is in the wrong direction although they seem to have near complementary slope. In this game near is not good enough. It has to be spot on.
It is possible, there are other signals involved in this puzzle so I'm not ready to shout ET. You need simultaneous observation of the signal from
other radio telescopes and repeatability. With the Allen Array, the VLA and Arecibo we may still not have sufficient sensitivity to reliably receive
these signals. The Allen Array when fully built out may have a chance.
This is all based on the assumption that they still use the radio spectrum and that they send these signals out into space and not just beam them from
one point to another or from satellite to ground. Point to point communication in space will likely be done with lasers or radars beyond 30GHz. We
will see neither of these unless we are looking and they are simultaneously aiming the transmission at us. This could happen as a transient when the
radar on a spaceship just happens to be pointed in our direction when making a turn or in orbit. A cautious species might also have radars on their
satellites so that they could take evasive action to avoid space junk. We may have to do the same in the not too distant future since we seem to have
a predisposition for filling space with volumes of debris. (see the images in the Wikipedia under space debris.)
Some strong arguments have been made that if an alien species wants to attract attention they would send signals in the so called "Water Hole"
between the hydroxyl 1.442 GHz and hydrogen 1.666 GHz lines which is a quiet area in the electromagnetic spectrum. We try to keep this area clean of
electromagnetic transmissions. If the Aliens do the same we can listen and hear nothing. Clearly we do listen outside this water hole since the
suspect signal is 1.9 GHz and I suspect that most aliens will be at least a little xenophobic about broadcasting their presence in this "water hole"
band. We only did it once (at least publicly) at Arecibo in 1974 to a globular star cluster 25,000 light years away. We won't have to worry about the
results of that transmission for a very long time.
Our best hope at the moment is the Allen Array, when built out to the full 250 antennas, catching some transmissions not intended for us. If that
happens, and it proves to be intelligent then you will see a few billion dollars pored in the direction of building a really big radio telescope
arrays. It will become a world wide craze.