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How do hams talk?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Grey Wolf, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Grey Wolf

    Grey Wolf SHEEP DOG

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    Hey guys,

    This has been bugging me and my searches have left me empty handed.

    When Hams use there radios and ID themselves how do they say there signs?

    I sent time in the Army, and am now a police officer. Each uses totally different phonetic alphabets.

    When a ham does a net call do the use the military alphabet ( Alpha Bravo Charlie... etc) or LE phonetics (Adam Boy Charles.. etc) or do they just say it as the read it ( A B C... etc)

    Thanks in advance

    Stay safe

    Grey Wolf
     
  2. glockman97420

    glockman97420

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    If you were to listen on the bands, you would hear different practices that people use to identify their station. The most accepted way is Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc. However, you'll hear America, Brazil, etc. A few just say the letters. It can help in poor conditions between a good contact or not if you know a couple of ways to identify your station.
     

  3. BrianDamage

    BrianDamage YouTalkin'ToMe?

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    it's not Military alphabet..it's referred to as the International Alphabet (or something similar....my books in the car, and I'm not going out to get it ;f I know that it's International, just not sure if it's alphabet )

    it's recommended that you use the International alphabet, but not required. most hams (in the short time I've been one) that I've heard, just say the letters, then if someone has trouble understanding them, they spell it out using the IA
     
  4. powernoodle

    powernoodle

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    Also, people just make things up. My former suffix was "-VCW", so I was Vatican City Wideband; another guy is "-WBL" and he is World's Biggest Liar. But this is just using 2 meters on a repeater, not long distance stuff.

    best regards
     
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    GSD17 Thread Killer

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    Alpha
    Bravo
    Charlie
    Delta
    Echo
    Foxtrot
    Golf
    Hotel
    India
    Juliet
    Kilo
    Lima
    Mike
    November
    Oscar
    Papa
    Quebec
    Romeo
    Sierra
    Tango
    Uniform
    Victor
    Whiskey
    X-ray
    Yankee
    Zulu
     
  6. Grey Wolf

    Grey Wolf SHEEP DOG

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    Thanks guys.

    I figured the FCC mandated it, but guess not. From the few responses I have gotten it appearers everything goes, as long as the receiving end understands what you mean! ;)

    Thanks for the help.

    I would gladly listen to some radio traffic, but I can not afford a cert test, let alone a radio right now! :( But patience grass hopper, all comes in due time.

    Thanks again

    Stay safe

    Grey Wolf
     
  7. KB4IFS

    KB4IFS MOLON LABE

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    Kilowatt, Bolivia, Quatro, Italia, Francia, Santiago...for those trying to contact over 1/3 of the world that speak Spanish:)
     
  8. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    Even the Spanish speaking world uses the official ICAO phonetic alphabet. It is not mandated by the FCC, but both the FCC and ITU encourage its use worldwide, and the ICAO does, indeed, mandate its use.

    Remember, English is the official international telecommunications language, just like French is the international postal language.

    I did quite a bit of research on this years ago, and was amazed to find out that English is used in telecommunications around the planet.
     
  9. KB4IFS

    KB4IFS MOLON LABE

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    Got into more than one pileup using those phonetics.:) Whatever works.
     
  10. greenlead

    greenlead

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    One normal voice bands, like 2-meters, we just use the letters. If someone needs clarification, or if I am talking to someone with a less-than-clear signal, I will use phonetics.
     
  11. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    Exactly. Saying your callsign in English is all that is required. Phonetics are used only when needed for understanding, as in poor signal conditions.
     
  12. Guest

    Oh my.............remember the "old days".........

    J-o-h-n was:

    Jig
    Oboe
    How
    Nan

    :)
     
  13. lhuff

    lhuff Ancient Shooter

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    When using voice (phone), the English language must be used and the use of a phonetic alphabet as an aid for correct station identification is encouraged. Phonetics are not required and when used, no specific set is required - 97.119 (b)(2) FCC Part 97 Rules

    Larry
    WA4CQZ