FCC 80.1113 Revised as of December 4, 2012
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§ 80.1113 Transmission of a distress alert.
(a) The distress alert must identify the station in distress and its
position. The distress alert may also contain information regarding the
nature of the distress, the type of assistance required, the course and
speed of the mobile unit, the time that this information was recorded
and any other information which might facilitate rescue.
(b) The format of distress calls and distress messages must be in
accordance with ITU-R M.493-13 and ITU-R M.541-9 (both incorporated by
reference, see § 80.7), as specified in § 80.1101.
(c) Ship-to-shore distress alerts are used to alert Rescue Coordination
Centers via coast stations or coast earth stations that a ship is in
distress. These alerts are based on the use of transmissions via
satellites (from a ship earth station or a satellite EPIRB) and
terrestrial services (from ship stations and EPIRBs).
(d) Ship-to-ship distress alerts are used to alert other ships in the
vicinity of the ship in distress and are based on the use of digital
selective calling in the VHF and MF bands. The HF bands should not be
used to notify ships in the vicinity unless no response is received
within five minutes on VHF or MF.
(e) Shore-to-ship distress alert relays are used by a station or Rescue
Coordination Center to relay information about a ship in distress to,
as appropriate, all ships, a selected group of ships, or a specific
ship by satellite and/or terrestrial means. The distress alert relay
must contain the identification of the mobile unit in distress, its
position and all other information which might facilitate rescue.
[ 57 FR 9065 , Mar. 16, 1992, as amended at 68 FR 46980 , Aug. 7, 2003; 73 FR 4491 , Jan. 25, 2008; 76 FR 67617 , Nov. 2, 2011]
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