Subject: Re: PAN
From: David Blyth <dblyth -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 5 May 1996 15:51:20 -0700

>I'm not sure what's happened to PAN, MAYDAY and SOS since the switch to
>satellite communications ,for emergency signals.

MAYDAY is short for "Aid me (m'aide)" in French. It's used only when
you're boat is about to sink. PAN is the next most significant call
for help. PAN is used (for example) when you're hitting 50 foot waves
in a 10 foot boat - but you're still floating.

I think SOS is phased out, but PAN or PAN PAN was still being used in
the early 1990s (when a bunch of pleasure boats off Australia got caught
in an unexpected storm). I'm not sure about now....

David (The Man) Blyth
Technical Writer & Web Site Designer

The usual disclaimers apply - I don't speak for QUALCOMM, they don't speak
for me....

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