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(a) The international radiotelephone distress signal consists of the word MAYDAY, pronounced as the French expression “m'aider”.
(b) These distress signals indicate that a mobile station is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance.
(c) The radiotelephone distress call consists of:
(1) The distress signal MAYDAY spoken three times;
(2) The words THIS IS;
(3) The call sign (or name, if no call sign assigned) of the mobile station in distress, spoken three times;
(4) Particulars of the station's position;
(5) The nature of the distress;
(6) The kind of assistance desired; and
(7) Any other information which might facilitate rescue, for example, the length, color, and type of vessel, or number of persons on board.
(d) The procedures for canceling false distress alerts are contained in § 80.335.
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§ 151 - Purposes of chapter; Federal Communications Commission created
§ 152 - Application of chapter
§ 153 - Definitions
§ 154 - Federal Communications Commission
§ 155 - Commission
§ 301 - License for radio communication or transmission of energy
§ 302 - Repealed. June 5, 1936, ch. 511, § 1, 49 Stat. 1475
§ 302a - Devices which interfere with radio reception
§ 303 - Powers and duties of Commission
§ 303a - Standards for children’s television programming
§ 303b - Consideration of children’s television service in broadcast license renewal
§ 303c - Television program improvement
§ 304 - Waiver by license of claims to particular frequency or of electromagnetic spectrum
§ 305 - Government owned stations
§ 306 - Foreign ships; application of section 301
§ 307 - Licenses
§ 308 - Requirements for license
§ 309 - Application for license
§ 310 - License ownership restrictions
§ 311 - Requirements as to certain applications in broadcasting service
§ 312 - Administrative sanctions
§ 312a - Revocation of operator’s license used in unlawful distribution of controlled substances
§ 313 - Application of antitrust laws to manufacture, sale, and trade in radio apparatus
§ 314 - Competition in commerce; preservation
§ 315 - Candidates for public office
§ 316 - Modification by Commission of station licenses or construction permits; burden of proof
§ 317 - Announcement of payment for broadcast
§ 318 - Transmitting apparatus; operator’s license
§ 319 - Construction permits
§ 320 - Stations liable to interfere with distress signals; designation and regulation
§ 321 - Distress signals and communications; equipment on vessels; regulations
§ 322 - Exchanging radio communications between land and ship stations and from ship to ship
§ 323 - Interference between Government and commercial stations
§ 324 - Use of minimum power
§ 325 - False, fraudulent, or unauthorized transmissions
§ 326 - Censorship
§ 327 - Naval stations; use for commercial messages; rates
§ 328 - Repealed. Pub. L. 103–414, title III, § 304(a)(10), Oct. 25, 1994, 108 Stat. 4297
§ 329 - Administration of radio laws in Territories and possessions
§ 330 - Prohibition against shipment of certain television receivers
§ 331 - Very high frequency stations and AM radio stations
§ 332 - Mobile services
§ 333 - Willful or malicious interference
§ 334 - Limitation on revision of equal employment opportunity regulations
§ 335 - Direct broadcast satellite service obligations
§ 336 - Broadcast spectrum flexibility
§ 337 - Allocation and assignment of new public safety services licenses and commercial licenses
§ 338 - Carriage of local television signals by satellite carriers
§ 339 - Carriage of distant television stations by satellite carriers
§ 340 - Significantly viewed signals permitted to be carried
§ 341 - Carriage of television signals to certain subscribers
§ 342 - Process for issuing qualified carrier certification
§ 351 - Ship radio stations and operations
§ 352 - Exemptions
§ 353 - Radio equipment and operators
§ 353a - Operators and watches on radiotelephone equipped ships
§ 354 - Technical requirements of equipment on radiotelegraph equipped ships
§ 354a - Technical requirements of equipment on radiotelephone equipped ships
§ 355 - Survival craft
§ 356 - Approval of installations by Commission
§ 357 - Safety information
§ 358 - Master’s control over operations
§ 359 - Certificates of compliance; issuance, modification, and cancellation
§ 360 - Station licenses; inspection of equipment by Commission
§ 361 - Control by Commission; review of decisions
§ 362 - Forfeitures; recovery
§ 363 - Automated ship distress and safety systems
§ 381 - Vessels transporting more than six passengers for hire required to be equipped with radiotelephone
§ 382 - Vessels excepted from radiotelephone requirement
§ 383 - Exemptions by Commission
§ 384 - Authority of Commission; operations, installations, and additional equipment
§ 385 - Inspections
§ 386 - Forfeitures
§ 390 - Declaration of purpose
§ 391 - Authorization of appropriations
§ 392 - Grants for construction
§ 392a - Repealed. Pub. L. 95–567, title II, § 201, Nov. 2, 1978, 92 Stat. 2409
§ 393 - Criteria for approval and expenditures by Secretary
§ 393a - Long-range planning for facilities
§ 394 - Establishment of National Endowment
§ 395 - Assistance for demonstration projects
§ 396 - Corporation for Public Broadcasting
§ 397 - Definitions
§ 398 - Federal interference or control
§ 399 - Support of political candidates prohibited
§ 399a - Use of business or institutional logograms
§ 399b - Offering of certain services, facilities, or products by public broadcast station
§ 401 - Enforcement provisions
§ 402 - Judicial review of Commission’s orders and decisions
§ 403 - Inquiry by Commission on its own motion
§ 404 - Reports of investigations
§ 405 - Petition for reconsideration; procedure; disposition; time of filing; additional evidence; time for disposition of petition for reconsideration of order concluding hearing or investigation; appeal of order
§ 406 - Compelling furnishing of facilities; mandamus; jurisdiction
§ 407 - Order for payment of money; petition for enforcement; procedure; order of Commission as prima facie evidence; costs; attorneys’ fees
§ 408 - Order not for payment of money; when effective
§ 409 - Hearings
§ 410 - Joint boards and commissions
§ 411 - Joinder of parties
§ 412 - Documents filed with Commission as public records; prima facie evidence; confidential records
§ 413 - Designation of agent for service; method of service
§ 414 - Exclusiveness of chapter
§ 415 - Limitations of actions
§ 416 - Orders of Commission
§ 501 - General penalty
§ 502 - Violation of rules, regulations, etc.
§ 503 - Forfeitures
§ 504 - Forfeitures
§ 505 - Venue of trials
§ 506 - Repealed. Pub. L. 96–507, § 1, Dec. 8, 1980, 94 Stat. 2747
§ 507 - Violation of Great Lakes Agreement
§ 508 - Disclosure of payments to individuals connected with broadcasts
§ 509 - Prohibited practices in contests of knowledge, skill, or chance
§ 510 - Forfeiture of communications devices
§ 521 - Purposes
§ 522 - Definitions
§ 531 - Cable channels for public, educational, or governmental use
§ 532 - Cable channels for commercial use
§ 533 - Ownership restrictions
§ 534 - Carriage of local commercial television signals
§ 535 - Carriage of noncommercial educational television
§ 536 - Regulation of carriage agreements
§ 537 - Sales of cable systems
§ 541 - General franchise requirements
§ 542 - Franchise fees
§ 543 - Regulation of rates
§ 544 - Regulation of services, facilities, and equipment
§ 544a - Consumer electronics equipment compatibility
§ 545 - Modification of franchise obligations
§ 546 - Renewal
§ 547 - Conditions of sale
§ 548 - Development of competition and diversity in video programming distribution
§ 549 - Competitive availability of navigation devices
§ 551 - Protection of subscriber privacy
§ 552 - Consumer protection and customer service
§ 553 - Unauthorized reception of cable service
§ 554 - Equal employment opportunity
§ 555 - Judicial proceedings
§ 555a - Limitation of franchising authority liability
§ 556 - Coordination of Federal, State, and local authority
§ 557 - Existing franchises
§ 558 - Criminal and civil liability
§ 559 - Obscene programming
§ 560 - Scrambling of cable channels for nonsubscribers
§ 561 - Scrambling of sexually explicit adult video service programming
§ 571 - Regulatory treatment of video programming services
§ 572 - Prohibition on buy outs
§ 573 - Establishment of open video systems
§ 601 - Interstate Commerce Commission and Postmaster General; duties, powers, and functions transferred to Commission
§ 602, 603 - Repealed. Pub. L. 103–414, title III, § 304(a)(13), Oct. 25, 1994, 108 Stat. 4297
§ 604 - Effect of transfer
§ 605 - Unauthorized publication or use of communications
§ 606 - War powers of President
§ 607 - Effective date of chapter
§ 608 - Separability
§ 609 - Short title
48 Stat. 1064
48 Stat. 1066
48 Stat. 1081
48 Stat. 1082
Title 47 published on 08-Jun-2018 03:55
The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 47 CFR Part 80 after this date.
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