Was this a response to the 1974 Arecibo Broadcast?

From abovetopsecret.com:

Was This A Message From Extraterrestrials??

Arecibo Radio Telescope, Puerto Rico

Since a number of years, I have been pretty intrigued by the famous ‘reply’ to the Arecibo message. Though it has been mentioned in passing earlier here on ATS, but it hasn’t received the attention I thought it deserves.

That said, in 1974, a powerful broadcast was beamed into space from the Arecibo Radio Telescope, Puerto Rico. The transmission consisted of a simple pictorial message aimed at the globular star cluster M13. This cluster is roughly 21,000 light-years from us, near the edge of the Milky Way galaxy, and contains approximately a third of a million stars.

This was a very powerful emission, equivalent to a 20 trillion watt omni directional broadcast using Arecibo’s megawatt transmitter attached to its 305 meter antenna, concentrating the beam in a very narrow funnel of the sky. The emission, that could be detectable just about anywhere in the galaxy within that funnel, would have been detectable by a receiver similar in size to Arecibo’s. This transmission was the strongest man-made signal ever sent.

The message consisted of 1679 bits, arranged into 73 lines of 23 characters per line. The “ones” and “zeroes” were transmitted by frequency shifting at the rate of 10 bits per second and was transmitted at a frequency of 2380 MHz and modulated by shifting the frequency by 10 Hz. The total broadcast was less than three minutes.

This was the pictorial message sent…

As the author notes, the above is the original message sent in 1974. It’s a pretty straight forward, short and to the point message.

9 responses

  1. Check out the next page… 80

  2. Hi dad2059 et. al. …

    I hate to say it but it seems to be a prank. Firstly the face on Mars has been proven to be a play on light as higher resolution images became available.

    For this image to be integrated into a message created by a vortex type force on the field near a radiotelescope is also too coincidental.

    They’ve also caught pranksters creating these field patterns in recent times in the dead of night. The British are a bright, although eccentric lot of people. I’m an angliophile and enjoy British culture and history. Compared to Americans they are quite bookish and intense, so it wouldn’t surprise me that crop and field circles would become a nighttime adventure for many of them who enjoy a good joke.

    Also it’s time that I drop a tidbit on the site concerning radio signals sent by Aricebo or any other radiotelescope from earth. Recently radio engineers working radio astronomers have sadly discovered that all signals leaving the earth have dissipated so much, that at the 2 light year point the signal to cosmic noise ratio is so low that any signals leaving the earth since the dawn of telegraphy; ie., Marconi et. al. simply became diluted via dissapation as a function of the inverse square root law the same as light, virtually to become swamped by cosmic noise.

    Even with high power and the use of highly directional antennas this transmitted power will dissipate over distance including highly collimated laser light. Generally radio signals from great distances are received by cooled, parametric amplifiers that are able to eke out the slightest amount of residual power from a distant transmission. The nearest star is Alpha Centauri at about 4.2 light years. A light year is nominally 26 trillion miles so the Alpha system over 100 trillion miles away with a big T in front of trillion. It’s the closest system, but rest assured it’s a very long way off. So according to recent research nothing much that’s intelligible will be available even at the halfway point and that the nearest system.

    A link I encourage folks to read although seemingly somewhat dry and possibly heady it should explain the issues concerning signals from afar.


    Now for a pattern to be generated in a field does take power and possibly could be done with microwaves, but not at any great distance unless it were possibly of the MASER variety. Simply a microwave based type laser which uses the visible part of the spectrum.

    They’ve studied these vortex circles and the shafts of grain are never broken, but simply bent at the base in a gentle fashion. In the Wiki link they have a discussional of research done by some folks at MIT and they used microwaves to achieve some results concerning the generation of the circles.


    Anyway I thought I’d share my thoughts on the subject. Actually it’s more fun to believe than to debunk… : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Hi dad2059 et. al. …

    I made a mistake concerning how far light travels in one year. It should be about 6 trillion miles which would place the the Alpha Centauri system at nominally 25 trillion miles rather than the 100 trillion I specified. I evidently had a brain-fart and started with the actual distance light travels to the Alpha system then expanded out from there kinda like the “Big-Bang” concerning distances… :))

    Except for links, I write this stuff off the top of my head, but Isaac Asimov I am not… #-o

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Yeah, but even though the British are bookish and like to confound other folk and given the time frame the crop formation was made in, it seems a daunting task to accomplish by hand. That’s not to say it wasn’t, but it seems just as likely that something or somebody tried to communicate.

    There’s a scientist who would dispute your signal dilution, inverse square law debunking Carl; http://www.seti.org/about-us/people/staff/shostak-seth.php

    Seth would agree with your crop formation debunking though.

    As for myself, any ET would be as far above us as we are above Homo Erectus. So using radio signals for them to use would be like sending smoke signals.

    So why not some form of telepathic environmental manipulation?

  5. The Highwayman | Reply


    Pay close attention to the 7:04 time reference in the vid. See anything familiar there?

    Take it from an old prankster… NOTHING is impossible, when there’s a will to do it!

  6. Sure it can be hoaxed, but imagine how many people they would need to make it?

    That Arecibo message was pretty complex and not too many people knew about it.

    The hoaxers would need someone who actually worked on the message in on the spoof.

    Besides, that narrator didn’t realize that ‘chip’ had a resemblance to the original message.

  7. The Highwayman | Reply

    “The hoaxers would need someone who actually worked on the message in on the spoof.”

    For us, (tinfoilers) that isn’t an impossibility, and there are quite a few illustrations of the code available on the tubes… perhaps there were quite a few in print, also, but if it were part of some elaborate hoax by the elitists, they’d supply the information for their henchmen. With the intent to prove there are ET’s out there, they would be well motivated to go to extreme lengths to ‘prove’ their assertions to the public… especially when public funds are what is driving their little escapade!

    If the message was complex, it was lost on me, not being a tech. Assuming (like they did) the aliens think along the same lines as us, I wonder why they didn’t respond in kind, with an electronic signal? Maybe we would have been able to decipher/detect it, and then maybe not. I think that it is asking a lot to expect aliens to observe and process information the way that we do, and then lay it all out in the same pattern so conveniently… perhaps the crop pattern could just as easy be an attempt at mocking the scientists, too? As for the complexity of the signal, even we, being the self-touted advanced society that we are, still have problems deciphering ancient writings/hieroglyphics left by older and “less-advanced” races, and they are conveniently displayed on the sides of temple walls and script, not hidden inside an electronic beam! What says that even an advanced race of beings would be able to figure out our clever code, not having a common reference point?

    For me, knowing the nature of our enemy and their resources like I do, there are just too many conveniences, here.

    “Besides, that narrator didn’t realize that ‘chip’ had a resemblance to the original message.”

    I know… but I did! A nice little side dish to my main concern… that crop circles are not alien or supernatural in origin, just pranks. I guess the question that remains is; are they the work of local pranksters, or somewhat more sophisticated subversives intent on prepping the populace for some future event?


  8. The Highwayman | Reply

    I’ll add that I remember this project, and that was well before my conversion. It was just another thing that I had to reconsider in the new paradigm I found myself in.

    The thing is, this doesn’t stymie my beliefs in ET’s at all, but it does bring ‘reality’ into sharper focus. The reality that there has been a concentrated effort by the elitists to reconstruct society and history into something more compatible with their view of things.

    So, if I believe, then why can’t I believe that the “reply” is authentic?

    I think the ET’s know we’re confused enough as it is, so why make it worse?

    Time will tell.

  9. Ref post: #5

    Thanks Highwayman for the link. I made it a point to freeze frame at 7:04 and sure enough we have a form of “digital” crop circle on a rectangular background such as the SETI message in the current article. That part of the link is also interesting because the narrator is explaining how the design of these patterns seem to be lagging new discoveries found in mathematics and design in our culture meaning those engaged in a “spoof” would enjoy seeing if they could copy the design in the fields. It seems like a bunch of fun and a hoot at the same time.

    I also have to think that if I were an alien with a 400 IQ or higher as measured by earth standards coming from a civilization thousands of years advanced of earth-based “chimp level” technology, why I would even waste time trying to communicate with these warring devils… :))

    I’d surely study them, catalog them, but other than that I’d leave the earth alone along the lines of a Star Trek type non-intervention directive.

    Now if my species were warring and predacious ourselves, then I’d simply fumigate the earth of humans with an engineered species specific virus that would virtually kill off “all of them”, none of them spared except for possibly some rounded up for zoological purposes and experimentation back on my world. Then we’d proceed to colonize earth to our specifications and standards.

    In summation, my people would not be trying to communicate with earthmen, as they are so foolishly doing right now from their side of the fence. Earthmen just might bring “space wolves” to their doorstep who will do exactly as I’ve outlined. … : |

    No Virginia, Will Smith will not be able to save us … :))

    Carl Nemo **==

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