Profile: K1VRA

Personal background
Born in Milford, CT in 1944, I have been living and working near Boston, MA since 1971. I have been a Broadcast Engineering Professional since 1965, working for several major television and radio stations, as well as having been Chief Engineer of the largest television production and post production company in New England. I also run a web-hosting business, Baystatehost.

My wife and I recently retired to Mid-Coast Maine. We love it here! Life is peaceful and nice.

I have 2 children. I have been an amateur radio operator since 1961, (K1VRA, General class). My hobbies include amateur radio, computers, and photography.

Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
If you understand the concept of infinity, then you must believe that anything is possible (and likely), including everything you've never thought of. The existance of extra-terrestrial life is therefore a foregone conclusion. We just haven't found it (yet).

I think we are already transmitting a beacon, simply by our existence, via radio, TV, radar, etc. However, I think that, viewed objectively, the messages we are sending could very well confuse alien life-forms; after all, we confuse (are confused?) ourselves.

I run SETI@home not necessarily because I (or anyone else) will actually find ET (although that would be exciting), but more so because I believe in the positive result that comes from optimizing the massive parallel computing project such a task entails. Our society has become ever more dependent on computers (try buying something more complex than underwear that does NOT contain a computer chip), so the better we get at it, the better off we all are.
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