Phonetic Alphabet

Have you ever been talking on the phone and couldn’t hear what letter someone was saying?


“C?!?!?! No B, as in Boy”


The use of Boy was a sort of the phonetic alphabet. However, in order to make it even easier, HAMs use a standardized set of words in place of common letters. The standard set is called the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.




For Example, If I was to say my name to another HAM on the air, I might say “DELTA ECHO ROMEO ECHO KILO” or “JULIET OSCAR HOTEL NOVEMBER”. However, not all HAMs use the “official”, NATO Alphabet, some use words like “Mexico” in place of “Mike”, “Italy” in place of “India” or “Baker” in place of “Bravo”. This is all a matter of personal preference.