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Marine Radio Communication

Terms, definitions and channels used when communicating by marine radio.

AB
MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAYDistress call
PAN PAN, PAN PAN, PAN PANUrgency message
SECURITY, SECURITY, SECURITYSafety message
OUTEnd of transmission
THAT IS CORRECTCorrect
ROGERI have received your last transmission satisfactorily
WILCOI have received your message, I understand and will comply
WAITI must pause a few seconds
WRONGYour last transmission was incorrect - the correct version is.....
I SPELLI shall spell the next word phonetically
READ BACKRepeat this entire transmission back exactly as received
SAY AGAINRepeat
THIS ISFrom
Channel 16Distress, safety and call channel
ProhibitedObscenity, indecency and profanity
FinesImposed for willful or repeated violations
Channel 09Alternate distress, safety and call channel
Government channelsChannels 21, 23, 81 and 83
Channel 22Government to non-government channel
FCC licensingNo longer required by the FCC
3 minutesCall limitation after two stations have established contact.
30 secondsTime limitation when trying to make contact.
2 minutesWait time when trying to make radio contact and prior attempt failed.


Jerry Domann

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