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I'm stumped! I was scanning the marine band and heard a male mechanical voice come up on 72A saying, "Emergency Emergency, Person Down, Person Down" over and over at 4 bars signal strength on a bcd396xt. No PL indicated.
I live in a residential urban area which is close to a fair amount of shipping traffic but have never heard this before.
Can anybody tell me what it was?
 

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Could be any of these, thanks to Mr Google for the information :cool:

I'm stumped! I was scanning the marine band and heard a male mechanical voice come up on 72A saying, "Emergency Emergency, Person Down, Person Down" over and over at 4 bars signal strength on a bcd396xt. No PL indicated.
I live in a residential urban area which is close to a fair amount of shipping traffic but have never heard this before.
Can anybody tell me what it was?
 

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Thanks Bill!
I guess it was a false alarm as none of the other emergency frequencies were active at the same time - or they self rescued the person.
 

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It sounds like a Remote Controlled Locomotive Chest pack...

When they are tilted a certain way they start a timer... if after several seconds they are not uprighted they broadcast "Emergency Emergency Emergency, Man Down, Man Down"

I'm wondering if a dock was using a remote controlled locomotive in a transloading operation of some sort.


Per most Rules, these are supposed to be tested on a certain radio channel... maybe the operator got the channel wrong.
 
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Yea, wrong channel. VHF Marine :roll:

I go for the Marine Version of the man-down/over board.

Guees we wait for them to charge up the batteries

It sounds like a Remote Controlled Locomotive Chest pack...

When they are tilted a certain way they start a timer... if after several seconds they are not uprighted they broadcast "Emergency Emergency Emergency, Man Down, Man Down"

I'm wondering if a dock was using a remote controlled locomotive in a transloading operation of some sort.


Per most Rules, these are supposed to be tested on a certain radio channel... maybe the operator got the channel wrong.
 

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Hey Burner - Funny you should mention train stuff. I have also been hearing train comms on the marine band lately...
Anybody wanna suggest how that can happen? I'm wondering if it is "images". Or should I start to worry that my scanner is broken?
 

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Yea, wrong channel. VHF Marine :roll:

I go for the Marine Version of the man-down/over board.

Guees we wait for them to charge up the batteries
As I said... transloading operation... Loading product from railcars onto barges or something... They might use marine radio instead of rail if they work for the dock instead of an actual railroad.
 
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Some frequencies are both rail and marine channels.

Maybe some dipstick decided to do a demo.
 
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