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It has been noted on this forum and others that sometimes the US Coast Guard VHF marine safety broadcasts (Pan-Pan, Securite-Securite) can be difficult to understand or happen so quickly that one does not have the opportunity to find pencil and paper to write down the relevant information. If you are like me you are embarrassed to pick up the microphone and ask for a repeat.

The Coast Guard agrees that this is an issue worth study to determine opportunities to improve the communications. The point of contact in the USCG is Mr. Vernon Mann (Vernon.L.Mann@uscg.mil) Short Range Communications Program,Telecommunications Strategic Plans and Policy (CG-6521.) If you have constructive ideas I encourage you to pass them on to him.

As one who has strong positive feels about the USCG I only ask that you keep your comments brief and to the point and to remember the apocryphal Coast Guard Motto: "We have to go out, we don't have to come back."

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Re: US Coast Guard VHF Marine Safety Broadcasts

Good to hear they're looking into this. I can rarely understand them on VHF, mostly because they seem to talk at hyperspeed. I have though, if it seemed important (such as when a nuke boat is underway) asked them to repeat their broadcast.
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Good to hear they're looking into this. I can rarely understand them on VHF, mostly because they seem to talk at hyperspeed. I have though, if it seemed important (such as when a nuke boat is underway) asked them to repeat their broadcast.
Somehow that phrase "the use of force, including deadly force, is authorized." Comes through every time.
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Found it;

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Re: US Coast Guard VHF Marine Safety Broadcasts

Thanks for that guys email add. I shot him off a missive about how difficult it is to understand speeding Americans!



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Re: US Coast Guard VHF Marine Safety Broadcasts

this, of course is how it's *supposed* to be done:

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If they could stop saying PON PON and pronounce it correctly , ie PAN PAN ( like can with a P ) things might improve !!


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If they could stop saying PON PON and pronounce it correctly , ie PAN PAN ( like can with a P ) things might improve !!
I believe it is French, like securité, and is correctly pronounced "pon"
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If they could stop saying PON PON and pronounce it correctly , ie PAN PAN ( like can with a P ) things might improve !!


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