awesome, you should check out the GBT at greenbank. I don't think it does any seti work (seti prolly backpacks there though) but it is the largest radio telescope in the northern hemisphere i believe. Aerecibo is kinda cheating anyways, the dish is stuck in the ground, can only track objects for short periods of time by moving the front end(place where the radio waves are collected)
edit: picture (hosted from my sparc workstation). The truck is actually closer to the camera, so the scope is larger than it appears.
edit2: pic number two, better size comparison.
oh man, don't get me started on "Contact". First off she worked at the VLA (very large array) in arizona i believe. You have to understand that in radio astronomy you are picking up very faint radio signals, there is no way she would be next to them with the radio transciever, that would kill it. laptop? no way, they don't even allow regular cars within miles of it, because the sparks from the plugs generate too much interference. Plus there are no canyons near the VLA, its all very flat. </rant>
edit: funny fact about aerociebo, when you are on the front end doing some maitenece or something and have to go to the bathroom, have no fear. You can go number 1 right off the edge, because it will evaporate before hitting the wire mesh on the ground.
Don't get me started either. I about died when I first saw the film and she was listening for signals with headphones - and then it comes in like some weird noise - jeez I guess that was the insert to help the RA ignorant from falling asleep.