Goto Section: 80.318 | 80.320 | Table of Contents

FCC 80.319
Revised as of October 1, 2020
Goto Year:2019 | 2021
  §  80.319   Radiotelegraph distress call and message transmission procedure.

   (a) The radiotelegraph distress procedure consists of the following six
   steps: however, when time is vital, the first and second steps may be
   omitted. These two steps of the distress procedure may also be omitted
   in circumstances when transmission of the alarm signal is considered

   (1) The radiotelegraph alarm signal;

   (2) The distress call and an interval of two minutes;

   (3) The distress call;

   (4) The distress message;

   (5) Two dashes of ten to fifteen seconds each;

   (6) The call sign of the mobile station in distress.

   (b) The radiotelegraph distress transmissions must be sent by means of
   the international Morse code at a speed not exceeding 16 words per
   minute nor less than 8 words per minute.

   (c) The distress message, preceded by the distress call, must be
   repeated at intervals until an answer is received. The radiotelegraph
   alarm signal may also be repeated, if necessary.

   (d) The transmissions under paragraphs (a) (5) and (6) of this section,
   which are to permit direction finding stations to determine the
   position of the station in distress, may be repeated at frequent
   intervals if necessary.

   (e) When the mobile station in distress receives no answer to a
   distress message transmitted on the distress frequency, the message may
   be repeated on any other available frequency on which attention might
   be attracted.

   [ 51 FR 31213 , Sept. 2, 1986, as amended at  69 FR 64674 , Nov. 8, 2004]


Goto Section: 80.318 | 80.320

Goto Year: 2019 | 2021
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