May Day? May day. Mayday!

Posted 2009.05.01 21.16 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

In radio communication, a call of Mayday-Mayday-Mayday is the official distress call. When using ‘morse code’, the official distress signal is SOS, transmitted as dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot-dot. They say it stands for ‘save our souls’ but I’m pretty sure that’s a myth- SOS was chosen because dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot-dot was easy to signal with a code keyer. Prior to 1910ish, the official wireless signal was CQD, dash-dot-dash-dot, dash-dash-dot-dash, dash-dot-dot. The myth is that this means ‘come quick, danger’ but ‘cq’ is code for ‘seek you’ and the ‘d’ was added to perhaps mean danger, or perhaps not… in any event, CQD was the distress call before 1910.

The first of May is also known as May Day, it is a holiday in may countries in the EU.

This morning, when I was thinking about all this, there was a point. I had something on my mind, something I wanted to write about.

Now, though, it’s all gone. I don’t remember what I was thinking about, only that it was a Mayday sort of thing…