archive: Re: SETI fake

Re: SETI fake

Steve Carver ( (no email) )
Sun, 1 Nov 1998 10:31:58 -0600

>I noticed a few oddities. On the bottom two screen segments there are two
>carriers displayed.
>
>__________________current display_______________
>OCT 29 16:09:45 (RA) 19h 56m 16s
>1453.833600 Carrier :127
>_________________History display_________________
>OCT 29 16:03:45 (RA) 19h 56m 16s
>1453.833400 Carrier :127
>
>1. Notice that when the time changed from 16:03 to 16:09, the earth
>apparently stopped spinning and froze at RA 19h 56m 16s. The RA should
have updated..
>No?

If you listened to Art Bell or Richard Hoaglund you'd know that this is not
the only time that the earth stood still.

:) :]

>2. The radio had stepped to the next frequency. Why would the carrier
>still be in
> the exact same bin?? (127). IMPOSSIBLE with a real signal!!

>This always happens when you have a local PC birdie in your soundboard.
>In other words, the signal is a fake or a dumb mistake.

I agree, it's pobably a mistake. I previously tried to have most of my ICOM
birdies appear in an orderly fashion w/i the same bin range, which you can
do depending upon the value of the "step" function in setifox.cfg; then of
course the filters can be set to get rid of many biirdies in an orderly
fashion.

>Furthermore, the upper waterfall display shows a frequency drift (almost
>like a doppler without
>the curving effect). There is no way that the carrier could have hit the
>same bin! (127)
>on a different part of the band!
I agree unless it's something like a complicated AM signal running old type
A2 modulation!

>3. If the dish is not on a full AZ/EL system, The waterfall signal trace
>has to be bogus.
Right.
>
>4. The last thing that got my goat, was the uppermost display. The input
>line is FLAT. there is NO INPUT SIGNAL! Seems like there was no receiver
>connected to the sound card.

That one jumped out at me, what a ridiculous situation!

Remember to listen to the Sightings radio show, 7PM PST Monday night (Nov.2)
if you can find an affiliate; Dr. Seti willbe appearing as a guest...

73's

Steve Carver
S.Central Vol. Coordinator
Argus EM34