Will and Guy wish to point out that 'Mayday' is THE most serious radio call.
Its use is reserved for grave emergencies, such as a crash, sinking or craft on
fire. The best channels to issue a mayday call are: for planes: airband
frequencies of 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. For ships marine MF on 2182 kHz or
marine VHF radio channel 16 (156.8 MHz).
For lesser emergencies such as becalmed, out of fuel, the correct signal is
'Coastguard' on VHF Channel 16.
Incidentally, while Mayday comes from the french venez m'aider, which means
'come to help me', it was invented by Frederick Stanley Mockford, who was a
radio officer at Croydon (Gatwick), England.
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