archiv~1: Re: SETI ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

Re: SETI ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

Jim Ostrowski ( jimostr@ca-ois.com )
Thu, 19 Nov 1998 21:55:14 -0800

Dr. H. Paul Shuch wrote:

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> The SETI League routinely investigates many actual signals. These are thoroughly > documented on our website's "What We've Heard So Far" page. The EQ Pegasi Hoax, > however, was NOT a signal. There was NOTHING there to report! We don't ask our > members to waste their valuable time writing reports each time they don't hear > anything. It's bad enough that so many of them wasted their time looking for what > turned out to be a totally fraudulent claim, from a hoaxter.

OK. I was just wondering about how the process went in this particular
instance. It was stated that numerous attempts were made to verify the
signal by SETI league members. This was presumably before the geocities
site was scrutinised by whoever finally uncovered the hoaxter's
technique and methods, which must have taken up a fair amount of time.
Meanwhile, I presume, the procedure of turning the SETI league's
membership's antennas in the direction of EQ Pegasi resulted in no
signals observed. How then was this communicated to you that there was
nothing to report? If numerous people
made the attempt, how would you become aware of that if none of them
said anything about their effort?

I know you must be very busy, Dr. Shuch and I didn't mean to take up
your personal time with this. My inquiry was intended for the general
readership of your listserver, and not "Dr. Seti" himself. If you would
like to delegate or suggest someone else to respond to my further
questions that would be fine with me.

Thanks,

Jim Ostrowski