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Radio Astronomers Offer SETIzens Membership Incentive
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director Emeritus
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

For Immediate Release

GREEN BANK, WV.., July 2008 -- At its annual technical conference held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), a SETI League affiliate, has just extended an incentive for SETI League members to join its ranks. For the next year, any SETI League member choosing to secure a one-year SARA membership will enjoy full membership benefits through the group's June 2010 meeting. In addition, SETI League members joining SARA will receive a free copy of the SARA Journal CD, which includes all issues of Radio Astronomy published since the group's inception some 27 years ago.

At its annual membership meeting in April, the Board of Trustees of The SETI League had voted a similar membership deal for SARA members in good standing, offering a membership extension and free book for SARA members joining The SETI League at the 2008 Green Bank conference. Twelve SARA members availed themselves of this opportunity. "It's the least we can do to reciprocate," noted Tom Crowley, SARA's outgoing treasurer and incoming president. "Our interests are complementary. I belong to both organizations, and don't see why others shouldn't as well."

The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) is an international society of dedicated enthusiasts who teach, learn, trade technical information, and do their own observations of the radio sky. This organization is a scientific, non-profit group founded for the sole purpose of supporting amateur radio astronomy. SARA was organized in 1981, and today has hundreds of members worldwide. The group consists of optical astronomers, ham radio operators, engineers, teachers and non-technical persons. Many of their members are new to the field, and membership is extended to all who have an interest in radio astronomy. SETI League members often avail themselves of the technical information on the SARA website, SARA and The SETI League became mutually affiliated societies in 2002.

Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have privatized the research. Amateur and professional scientists interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, and citizens wishing to help support it, should email join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, 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 scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

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