Phonetic Alphabet Reference Guide

On this page you will find a very useful reference for use during HF contacts or contacts which require the use of the phonetic alphabet. Basically think of it as spelling on the air.

You may find variations of the Phonetic Alphabet on the Air, but the generally accepted ARRL version. For Example: W6AER would be Whisky Six Alpha Echo Romeo. But once in a while when I need to get through and the other end is having a hard time hearing I will try using America for A and Radio for R. This usually does the trick.

The APCO / Commercial is what you are likely to hear when listening to your scanner. It is widely used by commercial entities as well as most police departments. Examples would be spelling of names during pull overs and clarifications on addresses, etc.

LetterHam Radio / DXAlternatesAPCO / Commercial
AAlphaAmerica / AmsterdamAdam
BBravoBaltimore / BostonBoston / Boy
CCharlieCanada / ChileCharles
DDeltaDenmarkDavid
EEchoEngland / EgyptEdward
FFoxtrotFrance / FinlandFrank
GGolfGermany / GenevaGeorge
HHotelHonolulu / HawaiiHenry
IIndiaItaly / IndigoIda
JJulietJapanJohn
KKiloKilowatt / KentuckyKing
LLimaLondon / LuxembourgLincoln
MMikeMexico / MontrealMary
NNovemberNorway / NicaraguaNancy / Nora
OOscarOntario, OceanOcean
PPapaPacific, PortugalPaul
QQuebecQueenQueen
RRomeoRadio / Romania / RomaRobert
SSierraSantiago / SwedenSam
TTangoTokyo / TexasTom
UUniformUnited / UruguayUnion
VVictorVictoria / VenezuelaVictor
WWhiskeyWashingtonWilliam
XX-Ray---X-Ray
YYankeeYokohamaYoung
ZZuluZanzibar / ZedZebra

And of course once you get the hang of these, have some fun with it! Link on cup opens if you would like to purchase one.

If you find something incorrect and/or have an update, I would really appreciate if you could let me know by contacting me. I like to keep things as up-to-date as possible. Thank you! - Lucas / W6AER



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