Originally Posted by Ian M
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.
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.