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The observatory is nestled in a small village community located in South-Western Ontario, along the shores of Lake Erie. It is located in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, which has a population of just over 4100 friends and neighbours.

The SETI project started September 6, 2016 with the purchase of a 3 metre (10 foot) satellite dish; a fifty-dollar (CDN) investment that would soon become the reflector for an L-band radio telescope. This research-grade radio telescope provides an excellent platform to perform astronomical observations and to perform a privatized SETI search.

On December 24, 2016 the L-band radio telescope was brought on-line to search for radio signals from other solar systems.

Many changes have been made to our L-band radio telescope over the years. The telescope initially was brought on-line using the popular Icom R7000 analog receiver and was later switched to a Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform. More recent updates include the installation of a SpectraCyber II radio telescope system for astronomical observations.

Optical SETI is quickly gaining popularity. Trillium Radio Observatory has purchased astronomy cameras that will be used with cutting-edge software to search for communication beacons that may be used by extra-terrestrials.

Solar Drift Scan

SpectraCyber II

In addition to L-band observations, April 26, 2017 marked the date I completed construction of my Radio Jove receiver kit. This receiver is used for listening to Jupiter and the Sun which logs events using Radio SkyPipe software. Many hours have been spent exploring solar flares and Jupiter storms using this High Frequency (HF) radio telescope configuration.

The system is under continuous development and is currently undergoing a transformation from a meridian transit to an azimuth-elevation capable system to allow for star tracking. It is running an RSP1A SDR Play Software Defined Radio (SDR) receiver for SETI operations and the SpectraCyber II is used for radio astronomy experiments.

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