What would a real signal look like?

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Message 1785293 - Posted: 6 May 2016, 21:10:50 UTC

Can someone post an image of what a true signal would look like? I saw the examples on the SETI site but they were not that helpful. In the waterfall graohic are you looking to see a large number of high power spikes or what?
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Message 1785301 - Posted: 6 May 2016, 21:38:45 UTC

The simple answer is "much the same as any other", but very different, it hasn't come from Earth, it hasn't come from any known natural phenomenon, it is repeated over a long period of time. We only do the first part of a screening process - sort out the potential sources of interest from the mountains of dross. Once this has been done a correlation exercise has to be done to get rid of more of the dross, and then there is a detailed survey of the remaining sources, and the locations in the sky.
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Message 1798464 - Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 18:30:52 UTC

I just joined today, a little late perhaps, but I feel supremely confident that I will find the aliens. I am still unsure of what exactly it would look like should there be an instance. What would be different than any other background noise?
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Message 1798569 - Posted: 25 Jun 2016, 0:56:03 UTC - in response to Message 1798464.  

Hello Warp9,
Here's an article that might help:

For a general overview that includes the above, take a look at:

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