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Old 17 July 2013, 12:20   #11
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We have been hearing lots of french recently. Some norwegian too.

Plenty of canadians on MF too.
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Old 17 July 2013, 12:44   #12
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Old 18 July 2013, 19:57   #13
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In the days of CB radio when it was AM I used to chat with truckers in the USA - doesn't beat the space station though! Works on a similar principle but involves bounce when the signal bounces of the atmosphere and the sea to reach the USA.
Used to do the same but on Usb and Lsb, had a great contact in Yugoslavia and we used to write to each other swapping postcards and local tourist brochures etc. When war broke out I never heard from him again

My furthest contact was Campinas in Brazil which I thought was quite a feat only using a 150w burner, but nothing like talking to someone in Space.
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Old 18 July 2013, 20:01   #14
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According to the skipper she had lost a finger, very, very nasty, but I still do not think it should have been a mayday.
It wasn't your finger!
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Old 19 July 2013, 07:26   #15
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It wasn't your finger!
For heavens sake, this thread is about RF propagation.
What the hell has my finger got to do with it
I paraphrase; mayday - imminent threat to life or vessel!!
And I did say according to the skipper.
As it was, having pulled up the anchor and offered help I decided that maybe I had had enough for the day. Went back into my home port (Lymington) passing the lifeboat on its way out. After some time I saw the lifeboat come back in and the casualty walk under her own steam from the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance that did not go screaming off but spent approximately half an hour with the casualty inside before sedately driving off.
Not a mayday.
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Old 19 July 2013, 16:52   #16
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We get Portland, Brixham and Solent quite regularly in the Channel Islands
Yes, have heard them from Alderney on a H/H from Harbour Lights terrace & Sailing Club.
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Old 19 July 2013, 18:01   #17
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For heavens sake, this thread is about RF propagation.
What the hell has my finger got to do with it
I paraphrase; mayday - imminent threat to life or vessel!!
And I did say according to the skipper.
As it was, having pulled up the anchor and offered help I decided that maybe I had had enough for the day. Went back into my home port (Lymington) passing the lifeboat on its way out. After some time I saw the lifeboat come back in and the casualty walk under her own steam from the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance that did not go screaming off but spent approximately half an hour with the casualty inside before sedately driving off.
Not a mayday.
If your head hasn't exploded yet, there's no pan-pan for HAM radio operations... Regardless if its a cool moon bounce or not. If you need help its "mayday" - whether life threatening or not. Criticizing the 'offending' skipper for using mayday for a finger amputation which you happen to feel was merely a flesh wound is armchair radio operations at its worst. Tis but a scratch Monty Python Holy Grail - YouTube
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Old 20 July 2013, 19:10   #18
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For heavens sake, this thread is about RF propagation.
What the hell has my finger got to do with it
I paraphrase; mayday - imminent threat to life or vessel!!
And I did say according to the skipper.
As it was, having pulled up the anchor and offered help I decided that maybe I had had enough for the day. Went back into my home port (Lymington) passing the lifeboat on its way out. After some time I saw the lifeboat come back in and the casualty walk under her own steam from the lifeboat to a waiting ambulance that did not go screaming off but spent approximately half an hour with the casualty inside before sedately driving off.
Not a mayday.
It would have been about Propagation if you hadn't made a silly remark.

Im pretty sure that it's the vessel's master that decides wether the situation is one of distress(and therefore a mayday) or of Alert (and there fore Pan - Pan) the Coastguard may , after discussion with the master, request that the incident be downgraded, and 9 times out of ten they will agree with the CG, but the final decision is with the master. It's certainly not with some dude sat 50 metres away who had 'had enough' for the day. (if you were the radio expert you claim to be you'd know that hearing a mayday olbiges you to offer assistance if you reasonably can.)

Unless your a professional radio operater I don't know where you got your high horse. Even then if you are your opinion still suprises me.

Besides, all incidents are dynamic in that they can be assigned to any phase, be it Distress, Alert, or Uncertainty.
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Guys play nice!

Mick - Ian did say (twice) that he offered assistance.

Ian - you invited the discussion by suggesting you thought the other skipper made the wrong call; personally if it were my finger or anyone close to me - then I'd rather they were dealing with the emergency and getting help ASAP than worrying if it was serious enough to justify a Mayday.
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As it was, having pulled up the anchor and offered help I decided that maybe I had had enough for the day.
was a little unclear or ambigious, wasn't sure if he pulled up the anchor and thought 'eff this I can't be bothered' or if the ones in bother efused their help, either way the tone didn't help...
Calling Mayday also imposes radio silence, something I imagine might be somewhat useful when in a bit of a flurry, but I should know better really, I did read something about the armchair police being on here earlier...
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