Re: Pan and urgent messages

Subject: Re: Pan and urgent messages
From: Grant Hogarth <GRANT -at- ONYXGFX -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 10:03:35 +8

The correct usage I was taught is "Pan, Pan, Pan... This is vessel XXXX".
Pan is 1 level down from a Mayday, and indicates a vessel that is in
trouble, but that there is no immediate threat to life or limb.
(ran out of gas, etc.)

I believe (but do not *know*) it was chosen because of "Pan" = all
(as in "All Stations"), and because it was short and distinctive.

Further enlightenment is welcome.


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

> 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 us.

> 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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