Goto Section: 80.324 | 80.326 | Table of Contents
Revised as of October 1, 2019
Goto Year:2018 |
§ 80.325 Control of distress traffic.
(a) Distress traffic consists of all messages relating to the immediate
assistance required by the mobile station in distress. In distress
traffic, the distress signal must be sent before the call and at the
beginning of the preamble of any radiotelegram.
(b) The control of distress traffic is the responsibility of the mobile
station in distress or of the station which has sent the distress
message. These stations may delegate the control of the distress
traffic to another station.
(c) The station in distress or the station in control of distress
traffic may impose silence either on all stations of the mobile service
in the area or on any station which interferes with the distress
traffic. It must address these instructions “to all stations” or to one
station only, according to circumstances. In either case, it must use
one of the following signals which are reserved for use by the mobile
station in distress and for the station controlling distress traffic:
(1) In radiotelegraphy, the abbreviation QRT, followed by the distress
(2) In radiotelephony, the signal SEELONCE MAYDAY.
(d) If essential, any station of the mobile service near the ship,
aircraft, or other vehicle in distress may also impose silence. It must
use for this purpose:
(1) In radiotelegraphy, the abbreviation QRT, followed by the word
DISTRESS and its own call sign;
(2) In radiotelephony, the word SEELONCE, followed by the word DISTRESS
and its own call sign or other identification.
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Goto Section: 80.324 | 80.326
Goto Year: 2018 |
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