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Old 02-04-2014, 22:24   #31
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Re: DSC Distress Message Test

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Is there some significance to the use of the word "should" as opposed to "shall" in ITU parlance? This particular recommendation uses mainly "should" to outline requirements with very few "shall"s.
I cannot speak with any sort of authority about the legal difference between should and shall in a recommendation that is published by one organization, and then becomes a federal regulation of the government of the USA when they incorporate it into the code of federal regulations.

I tested a more-than-10-year-old DSC radio. I was not testing to see if it should work or if it shall work. I just tested it to see what would happen when I pushed the DISTRESS button. I described the results.

I suspect that the issue of should versus shall is something that has a much wider scope of applicability than what I was testing for.
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