Getcha Dandys WOW! Signal Guitar PedalJuly 3rd, 2012
August 15th, 1977: Earth received its first message from the depths of outer space. The Big Ear radio telescope at Ohio State University picked up a strong 72-second signal from the constellation Sagittarius, detected by astronomer Jerry R. Ehman. Circling the frequency code of the signal, 6EQUJ5, on the computer printout Ehman wrote, “WOW!” causing the alien message to become forever known as “The WOW! Signal.”
Two precise values by different astronomers were given for this mysterious frequency, 1420.4556Mhz & 1420.356Mhz. Hydrogen resonates at a frequency of 1420.40575177Mhz, which is near dead center of the two values. Since hydrogen paired with oxygen creates water, the building block for life, this was a meaningful frequency for researchers. Was intelligent life out there trying to communicate with us?
The WOW! Signal was never heard again, despite several searches with a multitude of equipment. At Spaceman, we haven’t given up on extra-terrestrial communication and through much research and development with a group of our country’s greatest stargazers, we have created a way to speak back to our friends in space. Working with a group of research scientists known as The Dandy Warhols, an Alien Fuzz Communicator was born, dubbed The WOW Signal.
This device is like no other we’ve come across. The main signal manipulator utilizes a mix of modern silicon transistors, a vintage Soviet germanium transistor and a custom integrated circuit. This signal can then be modulated in a unique way by a low-frequency oscillator, which can be fine tuned to transmit the desired message to our friends in deep space.
Along with The Dandy Warhols research group, we are introducing a special First Edition of the device to coincide with the release of their new study, “This Machine.” This special edition is electroplated in raw Copper, which will oxidize, giving each enclosure a unique personality over time. It also features a vintage 1959 US Aerospace dimable indicator light, engraved knobs and includes an audio compact disc of the Warhols’ “This Machine” study. Limited to strictly 30 units, this edition is sure to be an exciting piece for the avid astronomy fan, or someone simply looking to reach out to our celestial neighbors in style. To send communications, an external instrument – guitar, bass, or other sonic producing unit – and amplification device must be utilized.
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Limited to strictly 30 units, the pedal will ship within 6 weeks of ordering and will come with a free copy of ‘This Machine’ featuring ‘The Wow Signal’ signed by the band. The pedals are covered by a 3 year warranty. Returns not accepted.