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Re: Re: your mail



Andrew Reynolds wrote:
> 
> On Fri, 30 Oct 1998, Clifford Buttschardt wrote:
> 
> > This is Paul's reply to my question regarding his thoughts on the newer
> > SETI discovery.  I am posting for him.  Cliff K7RR
> >
> >
> > >
> > > No, Cliff, I'm not on the AMSAT BBS.  Please post the following for me:
> > >
> > > You may by now have seen claims in the press on 28 October 1998, about a
> > > signal from EQ Peg, allegedly received by an amateur in England.  The
> > > nonprofit, membership-supported SETI League has been
> > > analyzing this claim since October 23rd.  None of our 63 active stations
> > > around the world has been able to confirm it.  The signals were reported
> > > anonymously in a message hacked into a *closed* signal verification email
> > > list.  Subsequently, the hacker went to BBC, which broke the story.  The
> > > perpetrator asserts that he/she is NOT a SETI League member, which is scant
> > > consolation to us.
> > >     The "signal" has been thoroughly discredited by a host of radio
> > > astronomers, amateur and professional, who have analyzed the GIFs posted to
> > > the Internet.  The person who reported the alleged signals has violated
> > > every principle of responsible science.  He has NOT followed the carefully
> > > crafted SETI League signal detection protocols to which all of our
> > > participating stations are signatory (see
> > > <http://www.setileague.org/general/detect.htm>.  He has NOT adhered to
> > > international policies regarding signal verification (see
> > > <http://www.setileague.org/general/protocol.htm>).  He has NOT identified
> > > himself, and NOT answered emails from our volunteer Regional Coordinator in
> > > England, making any meaningful follow-up impossible.  And he has NOT waited
> > > for backup analysis before announcing his "find" to the press.  If this is
> > > not a blatant hoax, it is the worst kind of irresponsible science (the kind
> > > which gives The SETI League, and all credible scientific endeavours, a bad
> > > name).
> > >     Anonymity and scientific integrety are mutually exclusive.  A responsible
> > > scientist, amateur or professional, owns his mistakes as well as his
> > > accomplishments.  Unfortunately the media sometimes fails to make that
> > > distinction.
> > >
> > > -----------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Oh, well, it was nice to imagine what it might have meant to humanity to
> really find evidence of other life. Guess we just have to wait until
> there's someone out there who really does find it....and gets a
> confirmation. Wonder how hard it'll be for them to get the QSL card
> through the mail?
> ;-)
> 
> Later and thanks for the psot Cliff,
> 
> Andy
> WD9IYT
> 
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Well if we can get them on during the VHF/UHF contests , then maybe
we'll get back to the activity levels of a few years ago... BUT where
would they fit in the ROVER category???? 73 de Jordan...
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