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(New York Daily News)   From the "things you thought only happened in movies/long running '70s sitcoms" file: five castaways stranded on a desert Island are rescued after a helicopter spots the giant "SOS" they carved in a nearby sandbar   (nydailynews.com) divider line 131
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2014-04-24 12:02:11 PM  
Three men and two women got off to explore the area, collect shells and go snorkeling when the unthinkable happened - their ship broke anchor and drifted out to sea with their cellphones, sun block and supplies.
"So we're there having a feed on the oysters and I happen to look back and I can see that the boat is drifting," Gilbert said. "I sprinted off down the sandbar and threw my hat and shoes off."
The startled traveler tried to swim out to the boat but it was too late. He turned back.
"There we were marooned," he said.


Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*
 
2014-04-24 12:14:39 PM  

Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*


Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.
 
2014-04-24 12:20:27 PM  

dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.


Good point.
/always trust your friendly neighborhood HAM when it comes to Comm gear recommendations
 
2014-04-24 12:26:11 PM  
hilobrow.com

The take away from Gilligan's Island: If you're ever are marooned on an island KILL GILLIGAN if you want to be rescued.
 
2014-04-24 12:38:58 PM  

Magorn: dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.

Good point.
/always trust your friendly neighborhood HAM when it comes to Comm gear recommendations


Heh.

I had a neighbor come by the house yesterday to pick up his daughter (distaffbopper watches some of the neighborhood kids after school) and he was asking me how to troubleshoot his OTA TV reception.  Seems that over the winter, he went from picking up roughly 20 stations, down to 4.

I told him the stuff to look for (bad connections, bad coax, etc.).

Guy is pretty smart (teaches English as an adjunct professor at a college) but seemed amazed at the little netbook computer I've got hooked up to my big HF radio.  I had it tuned to 14.070, and he saw people sending text back and forth to each other, and I think it blew his mind that you could do that with ham radio.  When I pointed out that I can send and receive e-mails over the air, even to and from non-hams, his jaw dropped.

Everyone knows me as a "Morse code" guy, and I am that in spades, but I also do some of the more modern stuff too.
 
2014-04-24 12:48:13 PM  
5 castaways stranded on a desert Island are rescued after a Helicopter spots the giant "SOS" they carved in a nearby sandbar

I don't get it.  Why did they want to get rescued from a beach with a bar?
 
2014-04-24 01:01:15 PM  
They went through this I hope they were at least able to solve the Ginger V. Marry Ann debate
 
2014-04-24 01:01:16 PM  
Obligatory

www.bass-aholic.com
 
2014-04-24 01:02:52 PM  

dryknife: Obligatory


And there it is. Bestest cartoonist ever.
 
2014-04-24 01:03:08 PM  
They're supposed to write HELP
 
2014-04-24 01:05:05 PM  
desert or deserted_?
 
2014-04-24 01:05:08 PM  
No infrared cameras on Aussie choppers?
 
2014-04-24 01:05:46 PM  
It only had 3 seasons, actually. There were a lot of episodes per season by today's standards, of course, but still only on the air for three years.
 
2014-04-24 01:06:18 PM  
"The fate of these travelers could have taken a turn for the worse had they not written SOS in huge letters on a sandbar near the tiny island."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krHu4E65khA
 
2014-04-24 01:07:05 PM  

damageddude: [hilobrow.com image 500x325]

The take away from Gilligan's Island: If you're ever are marooned on an island KILL GILLIGAN if you want to be rescued.


Pure coincidence; for some reason this episode came to my mind earlier today.
 
2014-04-24 01:07:29 PM  

toraque: 5 castaways stranded on a desert Island are rescued after a Helicopter spots the giant "SOS" they carved in a nearby sandbar

I don't get it.  Why did they want to get rescued from a beach with a bar?


I facedesk at this... Seriously man..... that's... that soooo bad, and not even funny.
 
2014-04-24 01:07:30 PM  

dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.


Or just one person has one of these

www.wired.com
 
2014-04-24 01:10:06 PM  

Magorn: Three men and two women got off to explore the area, collect shells and go snorkeling when the unthinkable happened - their ship broke anchor and drifted out to sea with their cellphones, sun block and supplies.
"So we're there having a feed on the oysters and I happen to look back and I can see that the boat is drifting," Gilbert said. "I sprinted off down the sandbar and threw my hat and shoes off."
The startled traveler tried to swim out to the boat but it was too late. He turned back.
"There we were marooned," he said.

Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*


So what if the anchor's all rusty? It's not exactly a life and death thing now is it? Oh...
 
2014-04-24 01:10:33 PM  

Delta1212: It only had 3 seasons, actually. There were a lot of episodes per season by today's standards, of course, but still only on the air for three years.


Same with Star Trek and the 60s Batman show. Both have went on to achieve an iconic status in pop culture despite an original run that was relatively short.
 
2014-04-24 01:11:17 PM  
I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.
 
2014-04-24 01:11:29 PM  
"70's" sitcom??? Subby needs a better calender.
 
2014-04-24 01:11:52 PM  
They weren't even there long enough to have survival sex!
 
2014-04-24 01:12:05 PM  

ransack.: dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.

Or just one person has one of these


I thought 121.5 was discontinued for satellite location.
 
2014-04-24 01:12:38 PM  

dryknife: Obligatory


Gary Larson wrote a very lengthy, persuasive and sincere plea asking people to please not post his Far Side comics on the internet. If you really appreciate his art, you owe it to him to at least Google and read it before you do this again.
 
Skr
2014-04-24 01:12:45 PM  
Whelp, guess I'll have the ♫Sending out an S.O.S.♫ earworm stuck in my head today.
 
2014-04-24 01:13:48 PM  

Russ1642: ransack.: dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.

Or just one person has one of these

I thought 121.5 was discontinued for satellite location.


Under normal conditions-flat terrain or calm seas-the signal can be picked up at a range of up to 90 nautical miles (167 km) by search aircraft flying at 20,000 feet (6,000 m). Since 1 February 2009, the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite System no longer monitors the 121.5/243.0 MHz frequency; however, the signal transmitted by the Emergency was never strong enough to be picked up by satellite, and Breitling has announced that, as these frequencies will still be monitored by aviation, particularly during the localization phase of a rescue attempt, there are no plans to modify the signal's frequency.

(Wikipedia)
 
2014-04-24 01:14:06 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


It means nothing.
 
2014-04-24 01:14:27 PM  

ransack.: dryknife: Obligatory

Gary Larson wrote a very lengthy, persuasive and sincere plea asking people to please not post his Far Side comics on the internet. If you really appreciate his art, you owe it to him to at least Google and read it before you do this again.


He's an idiot for that. He's going to be completely forgotten in future generations because if it.
 
2014-04-24 01:14:33 PM  
What a bunch of maroons.
 
2014-04-24 01:16:37 PM  
Oh, they will be back there soon.  If there is one thing that Gilligan's Island taught me is that rescue is always short lived.
 
2014-04-24 01:17:24 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


Very Emergency
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPySU-OdmRY
 
2014-04-24 01:17:43 PM  
9 hours makes you a "castaway"?

"Stranded picnicker" maybe
 
2014-04-24 01:18:12 PM  
My favorite 70's sitcoms are the ones that had their run and were cancelled in the 60's.
 
2014-04-24 01:18:13 PM  
70's sitocm...
Mike Brady frowns upon your shananigans
i257.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-24 01:18:23 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


Shat OurSelves
 
2014-04-24 01:18:31 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


Scotch On Soda?
 
2014-04-24 01:18:37 PM  

nosearchimi: desert or deserted_?


Desert.
Just sit right back
And you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Five passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost.
The Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore
Of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan,
The Skipper too.
The millionaire
And his wife,
The movie star,
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan's Isle.

(Ending verse)

So this is the tale of our castaways,
They're here for a long long time.
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and his Skipper too
Will do their very best,
To make the others comf'terble
In their tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights, no motor car,
Not a single luxury
Like Robinson Crusoe
It's primitive as can be.

So join us here each week my friends,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways
Here on Gilligan's Isle!
Deserted means people were once living there and then left it. Desert means no one is there because no one has been there (long term)*.

2desert1

* typically
 
2014-04-24 01:19:08 PM  

max_pooper: Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.

It means nothing.


Correct. It was an easy to send code.
 
2014-04-24 01:19:37 PM  
g-ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-04-24 01:20:28 PM  

max_pooper: Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.

It means nothing.


It has a meaning, its just not an acronym.

/come farking save our asses!!!
 
2014-04-24 01:20:38 PM  

Odd Bird: Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.

Shat OurSelves


Shat Our Shorts also applicable.

/a bit slow this mor...afternoon
 
2014-04-24 01:20:47 PM  

dittybopper: Magorn: Okay THAT would really suck.  *makes mental note to double check all future anchor lines, and take at least one cellphone ashore with me*

Depending on how far offshore you are, it might not matter.  Take a Marine VHF handheld radio with you.  The Coast Guard monitors the international distress frequency (156.8 MHz - Channel 16), and an aircraft at 1,000 feet altitude is going to be able to hear you from 1.414*sqr(1,000) = ~45 statute miles away.


Excuse my ignorance, but 1000 feet seems pretty low to me.  Or did you mean at a minimum?
 
2014-04-24 01:21:11 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


It sounds distinctive in Morse code (didididadadadididit).

It has no other meaning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sos
 
2014-04-24 01:21:40 PM  

ozman: "70's" sitcom??? Subby needs a better calender.


Reruns were in syndication well into the 70s. Of course, everything was back in pre-cable days.
 
2014-04-24 01:21:52 PM  

damageddude: [hilobrow.com image 500x325]

The take away from Gilligan's Island: If you're ever are marooned on an island KILL GILLIGAN if you want to be rescued.


They wouldn't have even been in that mess if not for him. Part of the reason they got lost was because Gilligan emptied the water out of the compass
 
2014-04-24 01:22:00 PM  
images.sodahead.com

If I were Gilligan and I had this going on, I would have ruined every attempt to be rescued too.
 
2014-04-24 01:22:13 PM  

ransack.: dryknife: Obligatory

Gary Larson wrote a very lengthy, persuasive and sincere plea asking people to please not post his Far Side comics on the internet. If you really appreciate his art, you owe it to him to at least Google and read it before you do this again.


You have an awful lot of work to do if you're going to remind everyone. Here's a place you can statr: https://www.pinterest.com/amac2236/the-far-side-gary-larson/
 
2014-04-24 01:23:10 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


Sending Out an SOS

Obviously.
 
2014-04-24 01:23:15 PM  

Nix Nightbird: I bet most people don't even know was SOS stands for.


I see what you dit there.
 
2014-04-24 01:23:16 PM  
Ned Stark:
It has a meaning, its just not an acronym.
 

wrong
(uh, better double check that....)


you're right, I'm wrong.
 
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