I'm 26 years old and from the West Coast (the best Coast!) of New Zealand. You could say that radio is in my blood. I am a telecommunications engineer and have been a keen amateur radio operator for a number of years. I love the challenge of being able to communicate with people from all over the world. Other hobbies of mine include skiing, flying and tramping. I love tinkering around with electronic projects and such. I am in the process of converting our old 14-foot TVRO dish for use with projects involving radio astronomy.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Of course extraterrestrial life exists. The sheer magnitude of the universe, the countless star systems which must have planets orbiting them, one must conclude that our insignificant corner of the universe can't be the only one which supports life in whatever form. It is truly the final frontier; one in which we never fail to be amazed with what we find. The heavens above have captivated mankind ever since we looked skyward and will always continue to do so.
I think the airwaves are already jammed with signals. These do a far better job of indicating our whereabouts!! Although if intelligent life intercepts one of these signals, they may have second thoughts about contacting us!!
The chances of finding life (intelligent or otherwise) in the universe are exceedingly slim, however there is always a chance. Not to take a chance would mean we would still be running around in animal skins and living in caves! Such an ambitious project which unites people who share the same dream as I in such a way, is indeed an awesome achievement. That is why I run SETI@home....