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    CNfavorite Guest

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    Here's one way out in left field for you all. I got trying to remember the old pronounciations to discern alphabet characters 'military style'. I can get up to only 'K' now?

    Alpha
    Bravo
    Charlie
    Delta
    Echo
    Foxtrot
    Golf/Gulf
    Hotel
    Isthmus(?)
    Juliet....
    Arrrrrgh!

    It's driving me nuts now! ;-)
    Thanks to anyone that can help me out.

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    Alpha,
    Bravo,
    Charlie,
    Delta,
    Foxtrot,
    Gulf,
    Hotel,
    Indigo, (or India)
    Juliet,
    Kilo,
    Lima,
    Mike,
    November,
    Oscar,
    Papa,
    Quebec,
    Romeo,
    Sierra,
    Tango,
    Utah,
    Victor,
    Whiskey,
    Xray,
    Yankee,
    Zebra

    I guess all the amatuer radio stuff my grandfather taught me paid off...

    ATSFDUDE



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    Here is the rest of it...

    Alpha
    Bravo
    Charlie
    Delta
    Echo
    Foxtrot
    Golf
    Hotel
    India
    Juliet
    Kilo
    Lima
    Mike
    November
    Oscar
    Papa
    Quebec
    Romeo
    Sierra
    Tango
    Uniform
    Victor
    Whiskey
    Xray
    Yankee
    Zulu

    From the days in 3RD Comm Group, USAF, RAF Woodbridge, England, 1959-1963.

    John Forte
    Melbourne, FL


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    Actually this is army talk.The air force branched from the army.Remember it was the Army Air Corp before it was the air force :).And yes I'm all army.:)...

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    These days they refer to it as the "International Phonetic Alphabet", and it's used by everyone who communicates with radios except US police departments, who still insist on their "John Frank Mary Ida William" instead of "Juliet Foxtrot Mike India Whiskey" like civilized people use. It's gone thru a few changes since it's early inception, the idea is even if the signal is broken and full of static, B-D-E-G-P all sound alike, but Bravo-Delta-Echo-Golf-Papa are distinct from each other. In World War 2 it was something like;

    Able
    Baker
    Charlie
    Dog
    Easy
    Fox
    George
    Howe
    Item
    Jig
    King
    Love
    Mike
    Nan
    Oboe
    Peter
    Queen
    Roger
    Sugar
    Tare
    Uncle
    Victor
    William
    Xray
    Yoke
    Zebra

    Odd how some old traditions hang on tho, the US Navy uses the new phonetic alphabet in all communications, but still uses the old for certain things. Watertight integrity is "set material condition ZEBRA" instead of ZULU, because the hatches and scuttles are still coded the same old way, William-Xray-Yoke-Zebra instead of Whiskey-Xray-Yankee-Zulu. "Set Circle William" is shut ventilation fittings for smoke or gas attack, useful when someone in the next compartment has those morning-after beer farts.


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    dgauci Guest

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    From my US Navy Days as an Operations Specialist, this is the correct list.

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    The spelling used in radio communications at Sea is the same as reported above by John Forte, (The International Phonetic Alphabet) and these are for the numbers:

    Unaone
    Bissotwo
    Terrathree
    Cartefour
    Pantafive
    Soxisix
    Setteseven
    Octoeight
    Novenine
    Nadazero

    The decimal point is

    Decimal

    Stop is Stop

    And "Interrogative" to clarify if you're asking; "affirmative" or "negative" for yes and no.

    Here in Italy it's common use to spell words referring to cities names, for instance Alessandria Bari Como Domodossola Empoli and so on, and yes, Police uses another alphabet except at Sea... ;-)

    Hi all by Delta Romeo India Alpha, over... :D

    Andrea "Dria" Obinu
    Savona, Italy

    http://dria.monrif.net

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    CNfavorite Guest

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    Thanks so much guys! :) I got into a conversation about names and such, and suggested these - and my mind drew a blank then.
    Of course, everyone I was talking too was intrigued by this point. What a way to lose an audience.

    But thanks to you all, I may regain them all again? ;-)

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    >The spelling used in radio communications
    >at Sea is the same
    >as reported above by John
    >Forte, (The International Phonetic Alphabet)

    That's what I had said, so we are in agreement.

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    >Here is the rest of it...
    >
    >
    >Alpha
    >Bravo
    >Charlie
    >Delta
    >Echo
    >Foxtrot
    >Golf
    >Hotel
    >India
    >Juliet
    >Kilo
    >Lima
    >Mike
    >November
    >Oscar
    >Papa
    >Quebec
    >Romeo
    >Sierra
    >Tango
    >Uniform
    >Victor
    >Whiskey
    >Xray
    >Yankee
    >Zulu
    >
    >From the days in 3RD Comm
    >Group, USAF, RAF Woodbridge, England,
    >1959-1963.
    >
    >John Forte
    >Melbourne, FL



    John,
    That is the exact structure of the phonetic alphabet up here as far as police forces are concerned...used to here it all the time while listening to my scanner.
    Now the Police have gone digital and my scanner can't pick them up anymore,well at least i can pick up rail frequencies.:)


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