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Message 1862462 - Posted: 20 Apr 2017, 8:23:01 UTC

What I would like to know is how to determine that the signal I am receiving is just space noise or actual radio messages from afar? How do you determine which it is, and if I actually do get a message, how do I go about reporting it?
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Message 1862469 - Posted: 20 Apr 2017, 10:03:24 UTC - in response to Message 1862462.  

Your question is exactly what the science program is designed to do: it sifts through space noise looking for a signal, recording the results to a file then uploading the file to the SETI servers to be assimilated into the Master Science Database. There's nothing on your part to do other than donate your processing time and electricity to crunching this data.
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Message 1870239 - Posted: 31 May 2017, 1:46:39 UTC - in response to Message 1862469.  

I have almost the same question: I am a total newbie here, and I would like to know what happens if I do get a hit (a WOW signal or whatever). I know I don't have to actually do anything about it, but will I be informed of it? <<< NEWBIE ALERT!! <<<<
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Message 1870244 - Posted: 31 May 2017, 1:52:28 UTC - in response to Message 1870239.  

It takes at least two matching results on a work unit for it to be validated, and the team would need more than one work unit from the same point on the sky to even consider it as a candidate. Once it was identified it would then be verified by other astronomers in other countries, and then there is a protocol for releasing the discovery to the scientific community, media, governments, etc. Most of the BOINC projects have stated outright that the people who processed the work unit(s) would be given credit but I haven't seen anything definite here. As you can see however there would be many names to acknowledge.
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Message 1870733 - Posted: 2 Jun 2017, 21:57:53 UTC

You can wonder around on YouTube and find a bunch more information about SETI related topics.

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Message 1871943 - Posted: 9 Jun 2017, 13:32:40 UTC - in response to Message 1862462.  

What I would like to know is how to determine that the signal I am receiving is just space noise or actual radio messages from afar? How do you determine which it is, and if I actually do get a message, how do I go about reporting it?


Here is a possible link to understanding how Seti@Home is trying to "find" a result.

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/nebula/web/

Start with the Introduction and work your way through. The author even has links to the actual program code he is discussing.

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