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.
|Letter||Ham Radio / DX||Alternates||APCO / Commercial|
|A||Alpha||America / Amsterdam||Adam|
|B||Bravo||Baltimore / Boston||Boston / Boy|
|C||Charlie||Canada / Chile||Charles|
|E||Echo||England / Egypt||Edward|
|F||Foxtrot||France / Finland||Frank|
|G||Golf||Germany / Geneva||George|
|H||Hotel||Honolulu / Hawaii||Henry|
|I||India||Italy / Indigo||Ida|
|K||Kilo||Kilowatt / Kentucky||King|
|L||Lima||London / Luxembourg||Lincoln|
|M||Mike||Mexico / Montreal||Mary|
|N||November||Norway / Nicaragua||Nancy / Nora|
|R||Romeo||Radio / Romania / Roma||Robert|
|S||Sierra||Santiago / Sweden||Sam|
|T||Tango||Tokyo / Texas||Tom|
|U||Uniform||United / Uruguay||Union|
|V||Victor||Victoria / Venezuela||Victor|
|Z||Zulu||Zanzibar / Zed||Zebra|
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