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Friday, September 2, 2011

Carl Sagan on Ham Radio and Extraterrestrial Communication

"Stars" by M.C. Escher

I read this on the train this morning and immediately wanted to share it with my fellow radio amateurs:

"And what if we receive a message? Is there any reason to think that the transmitting beings -- evolved over billions of years of geological time in an environment vastly different from our own -- would be sufficiently similar to us for the message to be understood? I think the answer must be yes. A civilization transmitting radio messages must at least know about radio. The frequency, time constant, and bandpass of the message are common to transmitting and receiving civilizations. The situation may be a little like that of amateur or ham radio operators. Except for occasional emergencies, their conversations seem almost exclusively concerned with the mechanics of their instruments: it is the one aspect of their lives they are certain to have in common."

From "The Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan.

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3 comments:

  1. Yeah, well obviously ol' Carl never listened to 75 Meters. Definitely alien.

    Back to the Rosinski.

    73 and ROOSCCH.......Steve Smith WB6TNL "Snort Rosin"

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  2. Indeed

    It is no coincidence that the main character of his novel (and the film) "Contact" was a radio ham and became a SETI scientist/radio astronomer

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