I'm a 24 year old Engineering Technician living in wonderful Grayslake, IL.
I currently work for one the the worlds leading product safety testing firms in
Northbrook, IL. My hobbies are cycling, Meteorology, Amateur Radio, and storm
chasing. Cycling is the biggest of all and I hope to begin racing sometime within
the next year. As an Amateur Radio operator, I participate with the Lake County
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) SKYWARN program. The SKYWARN
program involves spotting and reporting any severe weather that occurs within the
county. It keeps me fairly busy during the spring and summer months when thunderstorms
are most active.
|Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home|
|Do I think extraterrestrial life exists? It's an interesting question and I'm|
not sure we'll ever know the answer. Our solar system alone is so huge it's almost
hard to comprehend. We've seen pictures sent back from space of galaxies that are
even larger than our own. I find it hard to believe that there would be no other
life out there. I'm sure we would have a lot to learn from other life out there.
The advances in technology that it may bring could be very beneficial. However, I'm
sure there would be dangers associated with contacting other life. What if they
weren't the nicest group out there? Who knows.....I guess we have no way of knowing
until we do make contact.
I think we should transmit a beacon for others to find. However, on what frequency?
If they are far more advanced than us they may never receive it or if they do it
may be written off as "noise". If they are not as advanced as us the signal may never
be received at all. They to would have to be conducting almost the same type of
project as us. I think they would have to be looking for us in order to find us.
As far as info is concerned, I think we should send brief data about or planet,
It's location in our solar system, and what kind of life exists here. I think were
already making tons of noise as it is. With all the radio stations, T.V. stations,
cell phones, RF communications (C.B., Ham Radio, FRS), and now more and more satellite
communications, were making quite a bit of noise as it is. Unfortunately this RF
is focused in no particular direction.
I run SETI because I want to be a part in this search. I think it's a wonderful
project and more people should get involved. So far, I have my new computer (1.8Ghz)
running SETI 24/7 with more PC's on the way. My plan is to have 10 PC's doing nothing
more than scanning SETI data. We'll see what happens.
If you're a Ham Operator, feel free to drop a line and say hi!!
Ryan Case / KB9RID
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