LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., June 2001 -- The SETI League, Inc., grassroots leaders in the privatized Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, has introduced a new awards program to honor the efforts and accomplishments of the world's amateur radio astronomers. The Extra-Terrestrial Century Club (ETCC) award program, patterned after the DX Century Club (DXCC) and VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC) awards of the American Radio Relay League, rewards confirmed reception of a significant number of distinct extra-terrestrial radio emissions: manmade, natural, and even (dare we hope?) alien!
SETI enthusiasts documenting radio reception from beyond Earth of a suitable number of artificial satellites, manned or unmanned space probes, natural astrophysical phenomena, Earth transmissions bounced off the moon or another planet, or confirmed electromagnetic evidence of another civilization in space, are eligible to apply for ETCC Awards from The SETI League, Inc. The program is open to SETI League members and non-members alike, although interested parties are encouraged to join the nonprofit SETI League, Inc.
The initial ETCC Award is issued for the properly documented detection of five unique extra-terrestrial radio sources. Endorsements are issued for the documented detection of a total of ten, fifteen, twenty-five, fifty, and one hundred such unique sources. Detection of extra-terrestrial radio sources in the categories of Natural, Human, Moonbounce, and Alien, in any combination thereof, as defined in the Rules and Regulations for the SETI League Extra-Terrestrial QSL program, will be accepted as qualifying for ETCC initial certificates and endorsements.
Full rules and regulations appear on The SETI League, Inc. website, at <http://www.setileague.org/awards/etcc.htm>. Applicants are asked to pay a modest fee to cover the costs of administering this program.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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