Radio Communication Jargon And Meanings

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Following table shows meanings of the words and phrases often used during a two way radio communication. You may also want to read about Etiquette of Radio Communication

Radio communication

Meaning

Mayday I need help
Roger Message has been fully received and understood
Wilco “Will comply” (i.e. I/We will carry out the orders)
Read Often used as a question; as in “do you read me?”… the speaker is asking if the other party is able to listen to the radio clearly.
Copy Same as read… used as “do you copy?”
Check/Copy that Message is understood
Read back Repeat this message back to me
Correction I made a mistake. Correct version is…
20 Location… (for example what is your 20?)
Acknowledge Confirm that you understand my message
Confirm My version is … Is that correct?
That is correct Yes, I do confirm
Words twice Send every phrase twice
Stand-by Wait
Obtain Get
Affirmative Yes
Negative No
Dispatch Send
Unable Can’t
Over I have finished saying
Out Call is being terminated
Say again Repeat what you said
(silence) I have nothing to say

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

A – ALPHA
B – BRAVO
C – CHARLIE
D – DELTA
E – ECHO
F – FOXTROT
G – GOLF
H – HOTEL
I – INDIA
J – JULIET
K – KILO
L – LIMA
M – MIKE
N – NOVEMBER
O – OSCAR
P – PAPA
Q – QUEBEC
R – ROMEO
S – SIERRA
T – TANGO
U – UNIFORM
V – VICTOR
W – WHISKEY
X – X-RAY
Y – YANKEE
Z – ZULU

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