archive: Re: SETI A neophyte's question

Re: SETI A neophyte's question

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 07:43:32 -0400

At 09:27 PM 9/21/98 -0600, Robert Galyen wrote:

>As a newbie to the world of radio astronomy/seti I'm trying assess the most
>cost effective way of setting up a first station. The Winradio looks like
>an interesting, low cost receiver.

The stock WinRadio is indeed interesting, but it has some dynamic range and
spurious response limitations which make it less than ideal for SETI. The
engineers at Rosetta Labs inform me that new products are in the works
which will be better suited to SETI (although I imagine they will cost
more). If you don't want to go the hydrogen line converter to 2-meter
receiver route recommended on the website, I suggest you sit tight for a
while, and watch the WinRadio site for announcements.

H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D. Executive Director, The SETI League, Inc.
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