Pan and urgent messages

Subject: Pan and urgent messages
From: Vincent Reh <rehvince -at- TOGETHER -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 02:16:20 -0400

While looking through a government radio operations manual, I ran across a
term that was unfamiliar to me, "pan." According to the manual, pan is to
be used to indicate that a message is urgent. The manual also discusses
the proper use of the term "mayday," which is probably familiar to most of

Has anyone heard of "pan" being used anywhere? Where did it come from? I
understand that "mayday" comes from the French "m'aide'" which means "help
me." I'm baffled by pan.

Vince Reh
rehvince -at- together -dot- net

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