Essential Guide To Walkie Talkie Communication Lingo
Have you ever been communicating over walkie talkie and heard radio lingo that had you scratching your head?
Say you finished saying something important and the person you were speaking to responded “10-4,” or “Roger that.” Maybe they even replied with a “Sure, what’s your 20?” when you talked about meeting up.
These phrases are examples of short-hand radio lingo that’s been in place for decades, all designed to create succinct and crystal clear communications for radio users.
Unfortunately, things aren’t that clear when you aren’t familiar with the terminology.
To help you understand some of the most popular radio lingo used today, we broke it down here. Over.
Roger that = “Message received and understood”
Roger so far = Confirming part way through a long message that you’ve understood the message so far
Affirmative = Yes
Negative = No
Come in = Asking another party to acknowledge they can hear you
Go ahead = I am ready for your message
Say again = Repeat all of your last message
Say all before/after = Repeat all before/after a certain phrase or word if you didn’t catch part of the message
Over = Message finished, inviting others to respond if needed
Out = Conversation is finished, no answer is required or expected
Radio check = What’s my signal strength? Can you hear me?
Read you loud and clear = Your transmission signal is good, I can hear you fine
Wilco = Abbreviation of “I will comply”, means the speaker will complete the task that’s been asked of them
Break, break = Interruption to a transmission to communicate urgently
Emergency, emergency = Distress call, only to be used when there is an imminent danger to life and immediate assistance is required
Stand by = Wait for a short period and I will get back to you
Wait out = Waiting period is longer than I expected, I will get back to you as soon as possible
I spell = The next word will be spelled out using the phonetic alphabet
Mayday=I need help
Correction=I made a mistake. Correct version is…
10-codes provide a succinct way of communicating via walkie talkie that spans users and industries. You’re just as likely to hear a 10-code working in the public safety arena as you are in a manufacturing company.
In short, 10-codes (or 10-signals) are numbers that stand in for phrases. Here are the popular 10-codes and what they mean:
10-1. Receiving poorly
10-2. Receiving well
10-3. Stop transmitting
10-4. Message received
10-5. Relay message
10-6. Busy, please stand by
10-7. Out of service, leaving the air
10-8. In service, subject to call
10-9. Repeat message
10-10. Transmission completed, standing by
10-11. Talking too rapidly
10-12. Visitors present
10-13. Advise Weather/Road conditions
10-16. Make pick up at_
10-17. Urgent business
10-18. Anything for us?
10-19. Nothing for you, return to base
10-20. My location is _(for example, “what is your 20?”)
It is almost certain that you will have to use the phonetic alphabet in your conversations over a walkie talkie. Many letters and words sound alike so in order to make sure you are communicating clearly you can use the phonetic equivalents of letters that are often confused such as ‘F’ and ‘S’, ‘T’ and ‘C’, or ‘M’ and ‘N’.
This is just a small selection of the walkie talkie communication lingo. If you are interested, you can learn more on the Internet.
Of course, you can just talk normally using your walkie talkie, but in situations where a fast response is needed, or perhaps you can only give short answers, these lingoes can be a really useful tool and help you get the most out of your walkie-talkie.
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