whoa! rational idea in progress!
The buttons on our speaker/mikes are large enough to push with a gloved hand... so why can't the radio manufacturers make a similar sized button on another part, let's say the front of the of the speaker/mike, for example, where the Motorola logo is on my mine? It can be the same color as the itty bitty one on the radio itself.
Glove technology: why can't we have a glove with the dexterity of extrication gloves that have the same thermal protection as our standard issue leather? Somewhere in the deep dark recesses of Dupont's laboratories there must be a formula for a fire, heat and cut resistant material that would give us better dexterity, yet offer the same protection
Agree on #1, Disagree on #2
Ehh I don't want to hijack this, but we've discussed this before. I think "mayday" is clear text and plain english. You can't completely "uncode" our world. Look to ICS/ICM. We use codes to describe locations... Division 1, Subdivision 2, Alpha side, etc. Why? Brevity isn't the reason. Standardization is. I think Burton had another very good article on the topic a little while ago:
We Have Permission To Use The Word Mayday
A great discussion we had:
I maintain that we should differentiate between an "emergency" or "priority" situation, and an "oh $h!t, save my *****" situation. Not all emergencies are ours.