DISTRESS CALL PROCEDURE
Transmit on channel 16:
MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
NAME OF SHIP, call sign or other identification
(THREETIMES), followed by:
MAYDAY - NAME OF SHIP - Position, type of emergency,help required and other infor- mation which may help rescue operations.
For clarity when SPELLING OUT words, the following alphabet should be used: A-
trot G-Golf H-Ho
dia J -
1.The distress call should be repeated from time-to-time until an answer is heard.2.If no reply is heard on channel 16, the call should be repeated on any other available channel.3.Speak slowly, pronouncing each word distinctly.
The operating panel is providedwith the so-called membraneswitches instead of the traditionalpushbuttons. These require only alight pressure and are extremelyreliable. Keyed operations appearinstantly on the large, liquid cry-stal display in conrmation of thekeys which have been operated.The read-out thus functions as apositive checking device. All ope-rating facilities are tted with nightillumination.
All ship/ship and some ship/portcommunications are carried out inthe simplex mode. This means thatthe handset key switch is depres-sed while the message is delive-red, ending with the word „over“The switch is now released,allowing the other party to reply.
There is standard provision for theprogramming of up to 20 privatechannels. However, it is possibleto increase the total to 67 privatechannels.A private channel is indicated onthe display with a “P“ in front ofthe channel number.Private channels include shingand leisure channels as well asthe special channels allocated bypost and telegraph authorities.