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PHONETIC ALPHABET

ITU phonetics with the correct pronunciation:

A--Alfa             “AL-FAH”

B--Bravo          “BRAH-VOH”

C--Charlie       “CHAR-LEE” or “SHAR-LEE”

D--Delta          “DELL-TAH”

E--Echo           “ECK-OH”

F--Foxtrot        “FOKS-TROT”

G--Golf            “GOLF”

H--Hotel           “HOH-TELL”

I--India             “IN-DEE-AH”

J--Juliett           “JEW-LEE-ETT”

K--Kilo             “KEE-LOH”

L--Lima            “LEE-MAH”

M--Mike            “MIKE”

N--November “NO-VEM-BER”

O--Oscar        “OSS-CAH”

P--Papa           “PAH-PAH”

Q--Quebec      “KEH-BECK”

R--Romeo       “ROW-ME-OH”

S--Sierra         “SEE-AIR-RAH”

T--Tango         “TANG-GO”

U--Uniform      “YOU-NEE-FORM” or “OO-NEE-FORM”

V--Victor          “VIK-TAH”

W--Whiskey    “WISS-KEY”

X--X-ray           “ECKS-RAY”

Y--Yankee       “YANG-KEY”

Z--Zulu             “ZOO-LOO”

 

Numbers pronunciation:

 

0 - “ZEE-RO”

1 - “WUN”

2 - “TOO”

3 - “TH-UH-REE” or “TREE”

4 - “FOW-ER”

5 - “FI-IV” or “FIFE

6 - “SIX”

7 - “SEV-EN”

8 - “ATE” or “A-IT”

9 - “NIN-ER”

 

DECIMAL = “DAY-SEE-MAL”

 


 

 

 

ANOMALIES and IDIOSYNCRASIES:


 

1 - To distinguish “Z” from “C” on phone, it is common practice to say “zed” (an old British phonetic) for “Z”, especially when saying a call sign. “Zed” is shorter (one syllable vs. two for “zulu”.) However, in formal traffic, the ITU: “ZULU” is more correct and proper.

 

2 - “ROGER” (an early phonetic) is still used for “received” (equivalent of sending “R” in Morse) - It does NOT mean “yes” or “affirmative”. It only means: “I have received your message completely.”

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