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  Parafoil-borne distress signals - Patent 5736954
Distress signal kits comprise a parafoil for carrying aloft various emergency or distress signals such as radar reflective materials, lights, flares, distress flags or smoke signals.
The life jacket-distress signal kit of claim 8 wherein said hat comprises fastening means for affixing at least one of a strobe light and a radar reflector on top, a chin strap and folding means to cover at least a portion of the wearer's neck, face and shoulders.
A Coast Guard-authorized distress signal (fl square and circle) is displayed on the upper and lower surfaces of the parafoil canopy, as shown in FIG.
www.freepatentsonline.com /5736954.html   (5232 words)

 Distress signal - Lostpedia
The distress signal was first encountered on the radio transceiver that was found in the cockpit.
It was this original signal which brought Rousseau and her team to the Island.
The distress signal was recorded by Rousseau herself and is transmitted from a radio tower near the Black Rock.
www.lostpedia.com /wiki/Distress_signal   (764 words)

  Distress signal - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A distress signal is an internationally recognized means of obtaining help by using a radio, displaying a visual object or making noise from a distance.
The most well known distress signal is the Morse code group SOS, which is sent as di' di' dit dah dah dah di' di' dit,...---...
Other distress signals are primarily for use in rural or isolated areas, or in the wilderness.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Distress_signal   (392 words)

 Distress call - Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki
The signal was sent by the crew of the USS Essex which was lost in the sector over 200 years earlier.
The first time the planetary distress signal was transmitted was in 2286, when a massive alien probe of unknown origin arrived in the Sol system, and began transmitting a signal that had a disruptive effect on power systems, and began ionizing the planet's atmosphere.
Another example of a planetary distress call is that which was transmitted by the Scalosians to attract starships to their planet so they could use the crew of the ship to repopulate their planet.
memory-alpha.org /en/wiki/Distress_call   (749 words)

 Titanic Historical Society, Inc. - "Distress Signals"
The Titanic never fired any "signals of distress." True, she fired eight rockets in a little over an hour, but these were eight individual rockets -- not distress rockets.
For the Titanic to fire distress signals using the rockets supplied her, the crew should have fired its socket signals at one minute intervals.
By doing so, the rockets would be international "signals of distress." An explosion or report at one minute intervals satisfies the sound signal requirement and the white shower of stars at one minute intervals satisfies the sight requirement.
www.titanichistoricalsociety.org /articles/rocket.asp   (1032 words)

 Signaling for help in the wilderness
The SOS signal can for example be constructed as a ground to air signal with rocks and logs, or whatever material you have available.
Determine where your signal is going, use your free hand as a sight line, in order for it to be effective and readjust as you or the sun move around the sky.
Small hand-held aerial signal flares are part of your survival kit and good stuff to help you signaling for help.
www.wilderness-survival-skills.com /signalingforhelp.html   (499 words)

 TV's Distress Signal Creates Real-Life Drama (washingtonpost.com)
An Oregon man discovered this month that his one-year-old Toshiba flat-screen television was emitting an international distress signal picked up by a satellite, leading a search-and-rescue operation to his apartment in Corvallis, 70 miles south of Portland.
The signal from Chris van Rossmann's TV was routed by satellite to the Air Force Rescue Center at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
Authorities had expected to find a boat or small plane with a malfunctioning transponder, the usual culprit in such incidents, emitting the 121.5 MHz frequency of the distress signal used internationally.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A43211-2004Oct18.html   (221 words)

 hikeSafe - Technology
The PLB transmits a continuous distress signal to orbiting satellites, which then sends the signal for processing to a federal government ground station monitoring for distress signals.
It is very important to remember that the purpose of a PLB is to allow someone to signal a distress to rescue authorities at times of grave and immediate danger.
The signal from a PLB is regarded as a sign that life is at risk and will be given an appropriate response by SAR authorities.
www.hikesafe.com /index.php/planning_your_hike/gear_list/technology   (902 words)

 Cluster node distress signal (US6442713)
The cluster node distress system provides a cluster node distress signal when a node on the cluster is about to fail.
When the node distress signal is effectively sent to other nodes in the cluster, the cluster can accurately determine that the node has failed and has not just partitioned from the cluster.
a cluster node distress signaler residing in said memory, the cluster node distress signaler including a prebuilt distress message indicating failure of the node on a cluster, the cluster node distress signaler sending the prebuilt distress message to the other nodes in the cluster when a failure event is detected.
www.delphion.com /details?pn=US06442713__   (342 words)

 Orion Safety Products - Marine Safety Products
Visual distress signals must be carried on all boats which are operated on the high seas, coastal waters (including the Great Lakes), the territorial seas and all waters directly connected to the great lakes or the territorial seas up to a point where the waters are less than two miles wide.
Risking a fine is one thing; your ability to signal others to a distress situation which could affect you and your family is another.
If you select pyrotechnic signals (including red parachute aerial flares, handheld red signal flares and handheld orange smoke flares) to meet the Coast Guard visual distress signal requirements, a minimum of three must be carried.
www.orionsignals.com /Marine/faq.html   (421 words)

 Distress Flares and Pyrotechnics
Distress Flares and Pyrotechnics are a vital part of the safety equipment for those going to sea for work or leisure.
Here is a range of the most important types of flares and signals to allow you to equip yourself properly for the voyages you are likely to undertake.
Ikaros Distress Flare Packs These Ikaros Distress Flare Packs are designed to provide for the needs of seafarers of all kinds who can match the contents of the different packs to their needs given the...
www.sailgb.com /c/distress_flares_pyrotechnics   (405 words)

 Oregon Man's TV Emits International Distress Signal
On the night of Oct. 2, the TV began emitting the international distress signal -- the 121.5 megahertz beep emitted by crashed airplanes and sinking boats.
The signal was picked up by a satellite, relayed to an Air Force base in Virginia, then to the Civil Air Patrol, then to officials in Oregon.
Most signals are false alarms, but they're all checked out, and soon, men in Air Force uniforms, a police officer and Mike Bamberger, a Benton County Search and Rescue deputy, were at van Rossman's apartment door.
www.rense.com /general58/oregonmansTVemits.htm   (295 words)

 What Does SOS Stand For? Maritime Distress Signals
Spoken, short signals are referred to as "dih" and long signals are referred to as "dah".
At the second Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference 1906, the subject of a danger signal was again addressed.
Stations hearing this distress call were to immediately cease handling traffic until the emergency was over and were likewise bound to answer the distress signal.
www.boatsafe.com /nauticalknowhow/060199tip6.htm   (682 words)

 Hoax Forum Topic: Toshiba TV emits internation distress signal?
More often than not, the signals lead not to an emergency, but to an unintentionally activated distress beacon on a plane, aboard a ship, or in the backpack of a mountain climber.
Incidents like the one in Oregon, which was first reported by The Corvallis Gazette-Times, in fact, have played a part in nudging the international search-and-rescue community away from the 121.5 frequency that, among other shortcomings, is subject to interference from electronic devices gone bad.
Officials say that by 2009, when search-and-rescue agencies plan to stop monitoring the old frequency, the aim is to have all emergency beacons emit a digital signal on a new frequency of 406 megahertz.
www.museumofhoaxes.com /hoax/forum/forum_comments/1978   (791 words)

 Distress signal - Lostpedia
The signal was later discovered to be recorded by Rousseau, and was changed at a radio tower somewhere on the Island.
The signal brought Rousseau and the French team to the Island.
The jamming seems to inhibit signals being received beyond the Island, but the signals can still locally be picked up.
lostpedia.com /wiki/The_Distress_Signal   (818 words)

 Atlantic Kayak Tours Signaling Skills Page #5   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This signal indicates that a marine mobile station is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance.
This signal indicates that the calling station has a very urgent message to transmit concerning the safety of a ship, aircraft or other vehicle, or the safety of a person.
Any mariner hearing a distress call shall immediately cease all transmissions capable of interfering with the distress message and shall continue to listen on the frequency on which the call was heard.
www.atlantickayaktours.com /pages/expertcenter/signaling-skills/Signaling-Skills-5.shtml   (555 words)

 Flying flags upside down
This signal was formerly allowed as one of several methods of distress signaling authorised or recommended by the International Maritime Code of Signals, but I believe it is no longer in the code.
In the days before signal flags however, or in the absence of an ensign which could be recognizably reversed, then there was always the option of a "waft" which was (in essence) a knotted ensign.
Signal No. 4 in this convention was the ensign union down at the fore topgallant mast­head, indicating a state of distress due to shortage of hands.
flagspot.net /flags/xf-flip.html   (2221 words)

 The American Experience | Rescue at Sea | People & Events | CQD and SOS
The distress signal CQD originated from the signal CQ, expressing "seeking you," or "all stations." The signal CQ was commonly used among wireless operators -- and land-based telegraphers before them -- as a time-saving means of addressing all stations from one signal.
The ability of CQ to convey distress was eventually diminished by frequent use.
However, while British wireless operators favored the CQD as their distress signal, the signal was not used universally.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/rescue/peopleevents/pandeAMEX88.html   (315 words)

 Distress Signalling (1913)
G. S navigation has developed from the earliest times, means of signalling from ships to the coast and to passing vessels have been devised and improved, and have been operated under an admirable organisation, but the systems upon which they worked reached their conceivably practical limits long before the invention of Wireless Telegraphy.
This signal must on no account be used except by order of the Captain of the ship in distress, or other vessels or stations retransmitting the signal on account of the ship in distress.
To describe distress signalling in all its details as it can be accomplished at the present day, and to discuss fully all its possibilities, would fill many pages more, but a general survey only has been attempted here with a view of noting the principal features.
earlyradiohistory.us /1913dist.htm   (1418 words)

 Safety Handbook Page 31 | Signs, Symbols and Markers
If pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals are used, a minimum of three must be on the vessel, in serviceable condition and in an accessible location.
Signals must be in good condition (the service date must not have expired) and kept where they are readily accessible.
Accordingly, one orange distress flag may be substituted for three daytime signals and one SOS distress light may be substituted for three nighttime signals.
www.pwcsafetyschool.com /vermont/hb_31.html   (993 words)

 SOS, CQD and the History of Maritime Distress Calls
The distress signal chosen was "SOS." (The American distress signal "NC" for "Call for help without delay" was not adopted, although it remains as the international flag symbol for distress to this day.) Popular accounts portray the adoption of "SOS" as being derived from "SOE," which the Germans had used as a general inquiry call.
Stations hearing this distress call were to immediately cease handling traffic until the emergency was over and were likewise bound to answer the distress signal.
Wireless and radio literature of the early and mid 20th century is rich in documenting the use of maritime distress signals.
www.telegraph-office.com /pages/arc2-2.html   (2089 words)

 Boating Visual Distress Signals: Signals for Help on the Water
Many nighttime pyro signals are approved for both day and night use, reducing the number of signals that need to be carried.
This signal describes a signal fire that is contained in a drum on larger vessels.
The Coast Guard warns use that, "Regulations prohibit display of visual distress signals on the water under any circumstances except when assistance is required to prevent immediate or potential danger to persons on board a vessel." Carry visual distress signals on your vessel and be familiar with their use.
boatingsailing.suite101.com /article.cfm/boating_visual_distress_signals   (852 words)

 international distress
Distress signal is SOS (dit dit dit dah dah dah dit dit dit) which indicates that a ship, aircraft or other vehicle is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance.
Distress signal and distress alarm signals shall be sent only on the authority of master or person responsible for the ship, aircraft or other vehicle.
All stations which hear it shall immediately cease any transmission capable of interfering with the distress traffic and shall continue to listen on the frequency used for the emission of the distress call.
www.hamradioindia.com /HRI-RULES/distress.htm   (587 words)

 Visual Distress Signals for Recreational Boaters   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Non-Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals must be in serviceable condition, readily accessible, and certified by the manufacturer as complying with U.S.C.G. requirements.
Regulations prohibit display of visual distress signals on the water under any circumstances except when assistance is required to prevent immediate or potential danger to persons on board a vessel.
Whenever a pistol or hand-held rocket propelled distress signal is used, the wind must be taken into account.
www.uscgboating.org /safety/metlife/distress.htm   (761 words)

Properly used visual distress signals will also help reduce the time it takes to locate a boat in difficulty when a search is underway.
Electric Distress Light for Boats: The electric distress light is accepted for night use only and must automatically flash the international SOS distress signal, which is three short flashes, three long flashes, and three short flashes.
Both signals are most effective with light to moderate winds because higher winds tend to keep the smoke close to the water and disperse it which makes it hard to see.
www.boatus.org /onlinecourse/ReviewPages/BoatUSF/Project/info2f.htm   (1496 words)

 Florida Boating License and Boat Safety Course - Visual Distress Signals and Sound Signals
It is prohibited to display visual distress signals on the water except when assistance is required to prevent immediate or potential danger to persons on board a vessel.
The electric distress light is accepted for night use only and must flash the international SOS distress signal automatically.
In periods of reduced visibility or whenever a vessel operator needs to signal his or her intentions or position, a sound-producing device is essential.
www.boat-ed.com /fl/course/p4-10_distressdevices.htm   (722 words)

 Ohio Boating Education Course - Visual Distress Signals and Sound Signals
Visual distress signals are classified as day signals (visible in bright sunlight), night signals (visible at night), or both day and night signals.
No person shall knowingly transport or possess a distress signaling device in a loaded condition on a vessel other than immediately prior to discharging of the device to signal for assistance.
During periods of reduced visibility or whenever a boat operator needs to signal his or her intentions or position, a sound-producing device is essential.
www.boat-ed.com /oh/course/p4-6_distressdevices.htm   (684 words)

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